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Podcast - Extracts from a Puja for Urgyen Sangharakshita on the Evening of His Funeral and Burial

By Candradasa on Sun, 25 Nov, 2018 - 21:25

On the evening of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s funeral and burial, after the departure of most of the 1,200 guests, those who remained gathered together to perform a special, final sevenfold puja and close an extraordinary day. 

Padmavajra led the devotional ritual, specifically dedicated to Padmasambhava. In this extract we hear Surata reading verses to Vajrasattva known as ‘The Confounder of Hell’, followed by a rousing version of the Great Guru of Tibet’s mantra. 

Voices were uplifted and many offerings made: to say a last farewell...

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Podcast - Starting To Say Goodbye to Sangharakshita

By Candradasa on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 23:55

A conversation with Candradasa, Munisha, Parami and Sthanashraddha towards the end of a strong week at Adhisthana, home of Urgyen Sangharakshita, who died last week at the age of 93. 

We talk about our personal relationships to the founder of the Triratna Buddhist sangha over decades, and the great change his passing represents for our community.

Join us online to begin saying farewell to a man whose long work for the Dharma transformed so many lives around the world for the good. 

www.thebuddhistcentre.com/sangharakshita

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FBA Podcast: Vajrapani - Energy Unlimited

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 3 Nov, 2018 - 12:00

Our FBA Podcast this week is a cracking and wonderfully detailed talk called Vajrapani - Energy Unlimited by Vessantara, author of ‘Meeting the Buddhas’. He is the ideal person to introduce us to the complex and fascinating Tantric figure of Vajrapani - ‘Lord of Secrets’, embodiment of ”virya’ (Energy in Pursuit of the Good). Vessantara’s style is familiar and well-earthed, and therefore eminently well suited to material that bristles with electricity and is...

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Community Highlights

The Middle Way Podcast: Sangharakshita and the Middle Way

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 12:42

The Middle Way Podcast: Sangharakshita and the Middle Way

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 12:42

The Middle Way Society is an international group for the study, promotion and practice of the Middle Way.  In June, Robert M. Ellis, a member of the Society, interviewed Sangharakshita about the Middle Way for their podcast.  The conversation covered much ground: starting with an exploration of the Middle Way in the context of the Buddha’s life, it moves into the areas of right effort, eternalism and nihilism, rebirth, livelihood and more.

The Middle Way ultimately is a matter of practice. One

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5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #3 Buddhist Voices Around The World

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 15:48

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #3 Buddhist Voices Around The World

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 15:48

In essence, a spiritual community is a free association of individuals. You can no more have a spiritual community without individuals than you can have an omelette without eggs.

Sangharakshita, What is the Sanghapage 55.

A Sangha, or spiritual community, needs committed individuals practicing the Dharma in the context of their own particular lives in order to exist. The central myth of the Triratna Buddhist Order is the figure of the 1,000 armed Avalokiteshvara: the idea being that each...

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Abhayanavita on Working With Women and Girls to Step Free of Discrimination and Sexual Violence in India - The Buddhist Centre Podcast

By sanghadhara on Tue, 13 Feb, 2018 - 07:04

Abhayanavita has been involved with Triratna as a community since the age of 13. In her early days she learned to face her own difficult past with a fearlessness that is now reflected in her Buddhist name. She also learned to fight back against social injustice and gender discrimination via the Ashvaghosha project, educating people with plays and songs. 

These days she continues that work in new ways, working at the Bahujan Hitay Project in her home town of Amravati...

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Buddhist Centre Features

Welcome to the Order Convention! Bodhgaya 2018

By Candradasa on Mon, 5 Feb, 2018 - 02:47

Welcome to the 2018 Triratna Buddhist Order Convention, marking the 50th anniversary of our Order’s founding. It’s fitting that such an auspicious occasion is taking place at the traditional spot where the Buddha is said to have attained liberation, Bodhgaya in Bihar, India.

Join us for a walk around the Convention site meeting wonderful beings from all around the world who are converging here to celebrate community and practice the Dharma together - for the benefit of all beings!

Follow along daily on ...

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Sheffield Pilgrims - The Buddhist Centre Podcast

By sanghadhara on Sun, 4 Feb, 2018 - 03:07

Kicking off our podcast coverage of three weeks of Triratna events in India we meet a lovely group of pilgrims from Sheffield, England as they come to the end of a journey around the places traditionally associated with the life of the Buddha. 

Thanks to Mokshatara, Isabelle, Aryadasa and Martin for sharing their inspiration, impressions and delight with us!

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Buddhist Voices From Mexico - Upeksamati On How To Start A Buddhist Centre

By Candradasa on Thu, 20 Apr, 2017 - 16:52

Continuing our series of in-depth conversations with Buddhists in Mexico, here is the irrepressible Upeksamati: Dharma pioneer in his homeland and founder of the Mexico City Buddhist Center. 

We hear of his own Buddhist training in England in the 1980s and ’90s and how that influenced his approach to bringing what he learned back home again. We get, in effect, a crash course in the essentials of starting a new Buddhist Center - at scale, and with ambition!

Always engaging, always in love with...

Triratna@50
Triratna@50

Triratna50 In The North!

By sanghadhara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 15:40

Sanghadhara at the UK Northern region event in Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of Triratna as a Buddhist community. Talking to Dharmamayi and Moksatara (Padmasagara couldn’t make it!). Catching up on highlights from the day, and reflecting on what it’s like as younger Order members to hear stories from “the old days”.

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