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Breathworks blog: "Please, don't knock mindfulness", by Singhashri

By Charlotte Lawes on Wed, 15 Mar, 2017 - 09:10

Breathworks blog: "Please, don't knock mindfulness", by Singhashri

By Charlotte Lawes on Wed, 15 Mar, 2017 - 09:10

Breathworks is a fantastic organisation set up and run my members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. Here is the latest blog post by Program Director Singhashri Gazmuri. If you missed it in January, it’s well-worth a read to understand what mindfulness is, isn’t, and why it is so important in the world today. 

“Reading Ruth Whippman’s November 26th opinion letter on mindfulness, Actually, Lets Not Be in the Moment left me with a growing sense of dismay and sadness.

I am...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Train to teach mindfulness in schools (starts this month, UK)

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 23:09

Train to teach mindfulness in schools (starts this month, UK)

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 23:09

In this 4.5-minute video pupils and teachers at a London primary school talk to Srivati about the effect of their mindfulness programme. Srivati runs the Breathing Space in Schools project, in London, UK, and will be running training this month for others who’d like to teach mindfulness for schools. She writes:

“I love teaching mindfulness in London schools. You get to meet loads of young people and their staff and introduce them to a set of positive skills and approaches...

Triratna News
Triratna News

An online video retreat with Vidyamala

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

An online video retreat with Vidyamala

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

Vidyamala, founder of Breathworks, spent December running an online video retreat on the American Buddhist site, Tricycle.com. This set of four 20-minute talks isentitled ’Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts”. She writes:

“I started developing mindfulness courses for people with pain and illness way back in 2001, drawing on my own experience of coming to meditation with a spinal injury and wanting to offer advice for others in similar circumstances. Joined by Sona and Ratnaguna, we developed this to become the Community Interest (not-for-profit) Company...

Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

Give the Gift of the Dharma

By Helen - Windhor... on Tue, 13 Dec, 2016 - 11:24

Give the Gift of the Dharma

By Helen - Windhor... on Tue, 13 Dec, 2016 - 11:24

This season, awaken and enliven with a good book. Or, give the gift of one of our books or meditation CDs to a friend. Allowing a friend to explore a guided meditation CD or book on Buddhism, meditation or mindfulness can be a wonderful way to support him/her through the season. As stated in the Dhammapada, “The gift of the Dhamma surpasses all gifts.”

The eGift card can be used for any book or CD on our...

Triratna News
Triratna News

‘Breathing Space in Schools’: training for teaching mindfulness in schools

By Munisha on Thu, 27 Oct, 2016 - 14:23

‘Breathing Space in Schools’: training for teaching mindfulness in schools

By Munisha on Thu, 27 Oct, 2016 - 14:23

‘Secular mindfulness’ is more and more popular in British schools and the London Buddhist Centre is supporting this “mindful revolution”. After 10 years of teaching mindfulness in schools, its schools’ project recently relaunched as ‘Breathing Space in Schools’ with a brand-new, beautiful website. Srivati is its director.

“We offer a variety of mindfulness workshops, courses and training for children, teenagers and staff and we love collaborating with schools to help them embed mindfulness into...

Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

New Book Out - Mindfully Facing Disease and Death: Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 24 Oct, 2016 - 14:27

New Book Out - Mindfully Facing Disease and Death: Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 24 Oct, 2016 - 14:27

We are pleased to announce our new book, Mindfully Facing Disease and Death by Bhikkhu Anālayo. Thank you to our sponsors for enabling the publication of what Roshi Joan Halifax (Abbot of the Upaya Zen Center) calls:

An invaluable and extraordinary resource on the profound teachings by the Buddha on dying, death, and grieving.

With a beautiful cover by Dhammarati, and Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, this book provides a practical guide for those facing disease and death by...

San Francisco Buddhist Center
San Francisco Buddhist Center

Viveka - Mindfulness and the Creative Disruption of Bias

By prasadachitta on Sun, 10 Jul, 2016 - 23:11

Viveka - Mindfulness and the Creative Disruption of Bias

By prasadachitta on Sun, 10 Jul, 2016 - 23:11

Viveka exploring the theme of racism from the perspective of the Dharma and what the Buddha had to say about complex conditionality. A timely look at understanding - and ultimately undoing - the patterns that lead to prejudice and bias, of all kinds.

Specifically, this talk investigates:

  • Opening to the inter-personal, organizational, and societal conditioning that perpetuates racial bias.
  • Understanding ‘implicit bias’, which is how thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions are influenced (largely unconsciously) by exposure to stereotypes and fears about targeted social groups.
  • How
  • ...
Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

Vidyamala: On Building Bridges To Buddhism In The World

By mokshini on Tue, 21 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

Vidyamala: On Building Bridges To Buddhism In The World

By mokshini on Tue, 21 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

For Buddhist Action Month 2016 we asked our friends from around the world to say what the Bodhisattva Ideal means to them…

Vidyamala is the inspirational founder of the Breathworks movement, introducing deep mindfulness practice for those suffering from chronic pain and stress. Here she explores how innovative approaches can revitalise the Dharma as traditional Buddhism finds its place in a world that desperately needs its message of wisdom and compassion.

More at thebuddhistcentre.com/bam - get involved!

Clear Vision Trust
Clear Vision Trust

Breathworks and the UK's 'Mindful Nation' report

By Munisha on Thu, 19 May, 2016 - 12:51

Breathworks and the UK's 'Mindful Nation' report

By Munisha on Thu, 19 May, 2016 - 12:51

The latest NewsByte video from Clear Vision covers Breathworks’ involvement in the northwest England launch of the UK’s ‘Mindful Nation’ report (11 minutes). 

Order members Taravandana and Singhashri explain the pioneering nature of this report, making the UK the first country in the world to introduce mindfulness to across many areas of public life and policy, including education and the health and prison services.

This regional launch follows the national launches at Westminster in October last year, and in...

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