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PoetryEast: Hannah Lowe in Conversation with Maitreyabandhu

By Maitreyabandhu on Tue, 14 Sep, 2021 - 12:15

PoetryEast: Hannah Lowe in Conversation with Maitreyabandhu

By Maitreyabandhu on Tue, 14 Sep, 2021 - 12:15

Saturday 25th September 

11am US PST | 2pm US EST  | 7pm IE & UK  | 8pm Europe CET | 11.30pm India. | 4am (next day) Australia EST | 7am (next day) NZDT 

Hannah’s first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection. In September 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. 

Hannah’s father was Jamaican-Chinese, so many of her...

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Retelling the Tale of the Buddha (Buddha Day 2021)

By Centre Team on Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 20:27

Retelling the Tale of the Buddha (Buddha Day 2021)

By Centre Team on Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 20:27

For Buddha Day this year, we decided to offer up a treat from this year’s fantastic Home Retreat looking at the mythical life of the Buddha and its urgent relevance to us today.

Check out Buddha Day celebrations around Triratna

Follow us on Instagram for live updates all weekend

​Listen to a new series of seven talks by Nagasiddhi on the Buddha’s life

First, we have a beautiful re-telling of the Buddha’s life story told live with handmade sets and puppetry by Mandarava...

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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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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...

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Getting Real With Viveka and Paramananda - Watch the whole series

By kusaladevi on Thu, 13 Aug, 2020 - 15:24

Getting Real With Viveka and Paramananda - Watch the whole series

By kusaladevi on Thu, 13 Aug, 2020 - 15:24

A reminder that you can revisit the series of conversations - “Getting Real” (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) with Viveka and Paramananda. Each episode features a different poem and is an honest, heartfelt and spontaneous communication and connection between two friends, exploring Dharma practice in our daily lives, as well as a short meditation at the end of each session.

In the first episode, Viveka is here exploring different ways we can listen deeply to one another and to...

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A River Under the River: Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 27

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 11 Aug, 2020 - 15:21

A River Under the River: Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 27

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 11 Aug, 2020 - 15:21

“[there’s] a river under the river”

Padmacandra, Varasahaya and Ananda explore the intersection of Buddhist practice with the arts, particularly in terms of writing, in this Dharma Toolkit podcast. The ‘Wolf at the Door’ features - a creative endeavour which seeks to foster the imagination - and homage is paid to the poetry of William Stafford along the way.

Join us for an inspiring conversation on how to access the heights and...

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Buddhist Responses to the Pandemic: Subscribe to our Podcasts

By kusaladevi on Fri, 7 Aug, 2020 - 13:23

Buddhist Responses to the Pandemic: Subscribe to our Podcasts

By kusaladevi on Fri, 7 Aug, 2020 - 13:23

A reminder that you can listen again to our Dharma Toolkit podcasts, covering a range of themes around Buddhist responses to the Pandemic, from reflections around personal practice, through current day issues such as Climate change and touching on themes of Beauty and the Arts as a response to times of crisis.

Here’s Episode 25, Ironic Points of light, where Nanadavajra and his friends Satyalila and Subhadassi reflect on W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1st, 1939 and the...

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Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 30 Jun, 2020 - 10:50

Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 30 Jun, 2020 - 10:50

Join Viveka and Paramananda for the final of their four live conversations, on Saturday 4th July

USA 9am PST | México 11am | USA 12pm EST | UK & IE 5pm | Europe 6pm CET

These conversations take place in Zoom and are approximately 60 minutes long. You can see their most recent conversation here on Facebook.

Visit our Events space to reserve a place and make a donation.

Viveka is the former Chair of the San Francisco Buddhist Center, a dynamic and popular meditation teacher and retreat leader, with profound experience...

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The Travellers from Orissa – Countdown to #buddhaday – 5 days to go...

By akasajoti on Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 22:01

The Travellers from Orissa – Countdown to #buddhaday – 5 days to go...

By akasajoti on Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 22:01

As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections each day…⠀

Here, Maitreyabandhu reads us a poem from his second collection called Yarn.

According to tradition, two travellers met the Buddha just after his enlightenment and became his first disciples, Tapussa and Bhallika. They disappear from literature after that point, and the Travellers from Orissa is a long dramatic monologue, written by Maitreyabandhu, imagining their story.

Make some space and sit comfortably...

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Countdown to #buddhaday - 10 days to go...

By akasajoti on Wed, 29 Apr, 2020 - 11:35

Countdown to #buddhaday - 10 days to go...

By akasajoti on Wed, 29 Apr, 2020 - 11:35

Countdown to #buddhaday!

“A thousand brilliant hues arise,⠀
More lovely than the evening skies,⠀
And pictures paint before our eyes…”

During this day of recollection and celebration of the many beautiful qualities of Enlightenment, Saddhanandi and Saddhaloka will offer a special Buddha Day Q&A live-streamed from Adhisthana.

🎧 “The Poetry Interviews – Saddhanandi + Sangharakshita” 

thebuddhistcentre.com/buddha-day for the full programme and to connect⠀ 

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