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Sources of Inspiration: Paramananda and Friends

By Centre Team on Thu, 15 Apr, 2021 - 18:36

Sources of Inspiration: Paramananda and Friends

By Centre Team on Thu, 15 Apr, 2021 - 18:36

In ‘Sources of Inspiration’, Paramananda talks to his guests about what gets their spiritual juices flowing and has helped them stay inspired in their rich, committed Dharma lives. Each week his guests bring something along to share - and a depth conversation begins…

These conversations were aired live and unrehearsed, so who knows what might emerge to delight or surprise us! Tune in and find out some of the things that keep experienced Buddhists going in these difficult times.

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Urthona - A Journal of Buddhism and the Arts
Urthona - A Journal of Buddhism and the Arts

Allen Ginsberg – letting Imagination go...

By Ratnagarbha on Mon, 22 Mar, 2021 - 10:38

Allen Ginsberg – letting Imagination go...

By Ratnagarbha on Mon, 22 Mar, 2021 - 10:38

Highlight from new edition of Urthona magazine ‘American Zen’

see www.urthona.com to order issue 35 and read full article by Acarasiddhi

Acarasiddhi (Tony Press) of the Triratna Buddhist Order grew up in 1950s California. He was too young to be at the famous reading in City Lights bookshop when Ginsgerg’s Howl was unveiled, but he remembers very well the heady atmosphere of 1950s California when the world was opening up in all directions (land, space, imagination…)

Acarasiddhi goes on to give us a vivid...

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PoetryEast with Charles Eisenstein

By Maitreyabandhu on Sun, 21 Mar, 2021 - 19:36

PoetryEast with Charles Eisenstein

By Maitreyabandhu on Sun, 21 Mar, 2021 - 19:36

April 10th, 7-8pm GMT

Charles Eisenstein is an important speaker and writer focussing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution.

In 2017 he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on SuperSoul Sunday. He is the author of many books and essays including Climate – A New Story and his brilliant and beautifully written book, ’The Ascent of Humanity’.

Maitreyabandhu will be in conversation with him about the need for a new human story.

Watch live...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Sangha Voices: With Poetry from Vishvantara, Paramananda and others

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Wed, 17 Feb, 2021 - 16:31

Sangha Voices: With Poetry from Vishvantara, Paramananda and others

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Wed, 17 Feb, 2021 - 16:31

Saturday 20 February, 7-9.30pm

Continuing our Precious Jewel Appeal fundraising series, we present Sangha Voices, an evening of poetry brought to you by members of the West London Buddhist Centre community. Our special guest Vishvantara reads from her work alongside poets: Paramananda, Chris Arning, Gurnam Bubber, Rachel Jagger, Silakirti, Val Johnson and others.

For more information and poet bios, visit the event website: https://westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/event/sangha-voices-with-poetry-from-vishvantara-paramananda-and-others/

Make a donation to The Precious Jewel Appeal

This is a fundraiser for the Precious Jewel Appeal to help the Centre through the Covid pandemic. Please...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Urthona Buddhist Arts Journal Published as E-Magazine

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 - 17:05

Urthona Buddhist Arts Journal Published as E-Magazine

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 - 17:05

“The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one’s humdrum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.”

- D. T. Suzuki


This year Urthona Buddhist arts magazine has been published in virtual form as an e-magazine - due to many Buddhist centres (where most of the printed copies are sold) being still closed. 

Ratnagarbha, the Journal’s editor, writes:

We made...
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Srimala's Poetry Book Launch

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 - 16:42

Srimala's Poetry Book Launch

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 - 16:42

Srimala, author of Breaking Free – glimpses of a Buddhist life, is offering further glimpses in a collection of poems – No Toast, No Marmalade.

Srimala is one of our first Public Preceptors. She is now more or less retired, although still working in India to support the appointment of women Public Preceptors there. For the past 16 years she has been living at Maes Gwyn in Wales, from where most of the poems were written.

The book will be launched on the...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

The Alchemical Heart (The Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 35)

By Centre Team on Sun, 3 Jan, 2021 - 19:42

In this first podcast of 2021 we turn to the magic of inner transformation, with a special episode to mark our forthcoming Home Retreat on meditation: ‘The Alchemical Heart’ with Paramananda.

Happy New Year! May 2021 prove a kinder, more hopeful year for all.

In this first podcast of the year we turn to the magic of inner transformation, with a special episode to mark our forthcoming Home Retreat: ‘The Alchemical Heart’ with Paramananda.

In our conversation around the work involved...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

No Toast, No Marmalade: Srimala in conversation with Maitreyabandhu

By LDNBuddhist on Wed, 30 Dec, 2020 - 16:08

No Toast, No Marmalade: Srimala in conversation with Maitreyabandhu

By LDNBuddhist on Wed, 30 Dec, 2020 - 16:08

Srimala has played a crucial part in the life of the Triratna Buddhist Order – as Public and Private Preceptor, as College Member, and as beloved friend to so many. What many people may not know about her is that for years now she has been writing poems about her life, about living at Maes Gwyn in Wales, about her family and friends, about her partner Subhuti, and about hedgehogs, toast and the lack of marmalade.

So we’re celebrating...

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Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: The Loveliest Bodhisattvas

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 3 Oct, 2020 - 05:34

In this talk, Padmavajra explores the Altruistic dimension of Going for Refuge - The Bodhisattva Ideal - through Bhante’s poem ‘The Guardian Wall’.

He particularly explores the line in the poem: ‘The loveliest Bodhisattvas are the anonymous’ and what this means for somebody aspiring to practice the great ideal of the Bodhisattva.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the ‘Bodhisattva Ideal’ retreat in January 2020.

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These Are The Moments (The Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 32)

By Centre Team on Fri, 11 Sep, 2020 - 21:36

Hello again! We’re back for a new season of The Dharma Toolkit podcast. We’ve had a wee break, passed through fleeting summer, and are turning towards the first fall/autumn of these strange, pandemic times ready to renew our own sense of connection through community with you. Welcome aboard!

We begin again by following up and extending our previous mini-series ‘The Many Jewels: Buddhism, Writing and the Arts’ about the place of poetry and art in forming a response...

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