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A Scientist's Tale (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 3)

By Centre Team on Tue, 24 Mar, 2020 - 23:26

A perfectly formed wee diamond of an episode featuring response and analysis from someone who knows what it’s like at the sharp end of working with viruses in a laboratory setting.

Danabhadri is our guest today, helping us move past the clinical language of “quarantines” and “isolation” towards a practical experience of interconnectedness. Evoking beautifully why that matters, she says:

“The virus is not the monster from the deep. It evolved on this planet the same way we did.” 

Hers is an urgent, challenging, ultimately empathetic...

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The Unexpected Intimacy of Online (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 2)

By Centre Team on Tue, 24 Mar, 2020 - 11:41

Today’s episode brings friends together from Ireland, England and the USA to look at the very technology that connect us for use in things like this. Come and get meta with us about Zoom!

With the launch of our daily meditations we discuss how better versions of the Internet and its underlying technologies mean an evolution – and possibly a revolution – in how we conceive of Buddhist practice (and everything else) in community. 

What does a mature web context for...

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Turning Towards Uncertain Times (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 1)

By Centre Team on Sat, 21 Mar, 2020 - 00:51

Welcome to The Dharma Toolkit Daily, our new podcast from The Buddhist Centre to keep you company through the weeks or months ahead in these extraordinary coronavirus times. 

We’ll be with you every week day with a diverse range of guests to renew your sense of a wider Dharma community standing with you. What better way to stay connected than to hear the voices of friends and strangers who understand something of what you may be going through in your particular...

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Podcast: Kiranada - Readings from 'A Year of Silence'

By Candradasa on Thu, 6 Jun, 2019 - 21:30

Kiranada is an ordained Buddhist, a traveler, a renowned artist in (cruelty-free) silk, a teacher, an author and a Mom. Here she is at the Portsmouth Public Library in June 2019, reading from her book ‘A Year Of Silence’, an account of her year-long silent, solitary retreat in the New Zealand bush. 

As one of her last engagements before heading off to Kentucky and Missouri to begin a further 3-year solitary, silent retreat, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear what it...

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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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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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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...

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