Buddhist Voices
Buddhist Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Amritavani (Highlights)

By Zac on Sat, 4 Jun, 2022 - 10:55

School runs every day, tantrums, tears (from me as well!)… Family life can be a messy life!

Amritavani’s Annals
In 1968 I was not yet born into this world.

In 1978 I was 3 years old and during this year my family moved from North Wales to Devon. My dad was in his early 20s and we moved as he found a new job in a shoe shop in Exeter.

In 1988 I was 13 years old. I was living in Exmouth in...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Bringing Together Parenting + Meditation

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 28 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

Upayavira has been exploring, often through necessity, ways to meditate with children since 2000 when shortly after his ordination he became a parent. He takes the aim of demonstrating that practicing with your young children present is not just possible, there can be some huge benefits in this form of practice.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Meditating with Your Child which includes a led meditation, 2015. Upayavira has led Meditation for Parents workshops at the ...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Tiny Steps: Tiny Connections

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 25 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

Lilapa talks openly about how the Brahma Viharas inspired and challenged him as a father. Parenting can be very hard, a connection with the Brahma Viharas, also known as The Immeasurables, can support infinitely expansive and positive states of mind.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Parenting and the Brahma Viharas, part of the series Talks from Adhisthana’s Weekend Retreat for Parents, given at Adhisthana, 2018.

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Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Buddhist Practice In the Context of Motherhood

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 23 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

Karunagita, author of A Path for Parents (Windhorse publications 2005), gave this talk at the first weekend retreat for mothers held at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2014. Here, she introduces the gifts of parenting, including the development of patience, maturity, opening to love and the development of wisdom through direct experience of the three laksanas, as well as the inherent challenges such as lack of time and how they can be approached.


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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Self-Transformation Through Parenting

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

What if our children are seen as aspects of our mind – this moment greed, this moment hatred. The Buddha advises us to ‘be with’ whatever arises, just allowing and then seeing what happens. Amaragita takes a look at Buddhist practice in the light of parenting.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Staying at Home, Dancing with the Universe given at the Buddhafield Festival, 2006

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Triratna Buddhist Families
Triratna Buddhist Families

Wake Up Mummy! The Potential For Liberation In the Family Life

By Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 12 Dec, 2018 - 12:22

What does an effective Buddhist practice look like as a parent amidst a family household life? How do we keep alive our values and bring them to the joys and challenges of parenting? In this talk Amaladhi gives us an inside view of life as an Order Member and parent of her young and energetic son, discussing how she engages with parenting as a practice. Whether you are a parent or not she offers a thought provoking exploration of the...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Practicing As a Parent

By Sadayasihi on Sun, 8 Jul, 2018 - 22:27

Sudaka, the Mitra Convenor in the Valencia Buddhist Centre, talks about his experience of Buddhist practice as a parent and discusses how he fits in his meditation practice, the importance of having a supportive partner and how his practice informs his parenting.

He also mentions the upcoming International Family Retreat (Retiro Internacional De Familias) which is taking place in Suryavana at the end of July, which he is facilitating along with Vidyadasa and friends. Find out more about the ...

Triratna Buddhist Families
Triratna Buddhist Families

Talks from Adhisthana's Weekend Retreat for Parents

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 29 Jun, 2018 - 11:29

Adhisthana’s first weekend retreat for parents took place on 8th to 10th June, led by a team of Triratna Order Members who are parents themselves – Upayavira, Maitrinita, Lilapa, and Karunagita. It was open to parents and parents-to-be, including Order Members, Mitras and those with a regular practice in the context of Triratna. 

Here are two of the talks from the weekend:-

Six Gifts of Parenting:
Karunagita brings to life gifts for Buddhist practice...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Upayavira - Meditating With Your Child (Introduction and Guided Meditation)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 25 Sep, 2015 - 21:09

As part of our weekend of resources for parents looking to practice Buddhism and meditation while caring for small children, we’re very happy to offer this great guided meditation from Upayavira, complete with a full introduction. Ideal for anyone looking to get started with practice - or renew it! - after having kids.

Upayavira was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2000, and became a parent soon after. Since then, he has been exploring, often through necessity, ways to meditate with...

Family Friendly Village Retreat - all welcome
Buddhafield Family Friendly Village

Entering the Sangha - Sangharakshita

By libbydavy on Tue, 23 Jul, 2013 - 15:11
See track 5 especially.

Sangharakshita talks with humour and wisdom about feeling free; the hot tubs of Buddhafield; a place where children can be safe and free outdoors.

Reposted from FBA

“In ‘Entering the Sangha’, Sangharakshita goes to Buddhafield! A first for him, and a first for the fabulous Buddhafield Festival that takes place each year at the height of the English summer. This talk was given in a tent in Devon - and the sounds...