Cambridge Buddhist Centre
Cambridge Buddhist Centre

Vegan Day: Green Light for Action and Compassion

By Abhayamati on Mon, 5 May, 2014 - 16:01

Vegan Day: Green Light for Action and Compassion

By Abhayamati on Mon, 5 May, 2014 - 16:01A Bodhisattva helps suffering beings without hesitation because he has the clarity, the means and the open heart.
Explore the joy and challenges of becoming a vegan. There will be a talk and discussion to clarify our mind, a session of meditation to coax our heart, a poetry event to awaken our imagination and delicious vegan food, the means to alleviate the suffering of sentient beings.

10:30 Introduction to Loving Kindness meditation

11:15 Talk by Amalasiddhi

12:00...
Vegan Buddhists and Friends
Vegan Buddhist

Vegan Poetry event invites submissions

By lokabandhu on Thu, 3 Apr, 2014 - 09:54

Vegan Poetry event invites submissions

By lokabandhu on Thu, 3 Apr, 2014 - 09:54Vimalabandhu writes with news of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre’s Vegan Day, scheduled for June 2014. It will include a Vegan Poetry event - and submissions are invited from around the world. He says -

“Heart approach to becoming a vegan

To renounce our old favourite foods and become a vegan cheerfully, we need more than a convincing idea and alternative food. Our head and our stomach need the support of our heart. Writing a poem can help us...
Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination

By Rijupatha on Sun, 30 Mar, 2014 - 20:58

Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination

By Rijupatha on Sun, 30 Mar, 2014 - 20:58Our FBA Podcast this week, “Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination,” is a talk by Dhammadinna given on the Rainy Season Retreat at Manchester Buddhist Centre on Wednesday 19th February 2014. Dhammadinna speaks about Sangharakshita and his emphasis on Imagination as a key to the spiritual life.

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Dharmabyte - Ritual, Metaphor and Poetry

By Rijupatha on Mon, 3 Mar, 2014 - 14:50
Our FBA Dharmabyte today - “Ritual, Metaphor and Poetry” - is a beautiful excerpt on communication as exchange of energy and experience. Happy is the mind that is steeped in totality, Dhammadassin reveals the ritual in the world through poetry and metaphor. The full talk Standing on Emptiness: View, Meditation, and Action was given at the Western Buddhist Order Women’s National Order weekend, August 2004.

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Lights In The Sky - living dharma
Lights In The Sky - living dharma

POEM BY SANGHARAKSHITA

By Suryaprabha on Tue, 3 Dec, 2013 - 21:37

POEM BY SANGHARAKSHITA

By Suryaprabha on Tue, 3 Dec, 2013 - 21:37THOUGH THIS poem has been taken out of context, the ending of Time of Fire, I find it apt to reflect on the inferred death of Sangharakshita (long may it be postponed). As the film, part three of my history of Triratna, has several themes of conflict, I wanted to end on some sober reflection, and the author was kind enough to read his poem (or part of).
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Community Highlights

Poems on Metta - Loving Kindness

By Candradasa on Sat, 9 Nov, 2013 - 17:11

Poems on Metta - Loving Kindness

By Candradasa on Sat, 9 Nov, 2013 - 17:11If you didn’t already catch this during the week, here’s a great video from Manidha and Alice in Seattle, USA using poems from different spiritual traditions to explore what metta (loving kindness) is!

Watch out for the outtakes at the end… :)

This piece was originally posted on the Urban Retreat 2013 space on the site.
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Community Highlights

Vishvapani on BBC Thought for the Day - Remembrance Day Meditation

By Candradasa on Sat, 9 Nov, 2013 - 17:00

Vishvapani on BBC Thought for the Day - Remembrance Day Meditation

By Candradasa on Sat, 9 Nov, 2013 - 17:00You can listen to this short talk via the BBC over on Vishvapani’s Wise Attention blog (you may need to be in the UK to hear it). You can also hear it from anywhere via the Thought For the Day podcast.

Remembrance Sunday is an invitation to find a space in our harried lives for a silent opening to all that war has meant for the country: a national meditation on what Wilfred...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

By Manidha on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21

Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

By Manidha on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21Manidha and Alice here from Seattle in the U.S. sharing a collection of poems we feel inspired by when we think about metta and its central importance for the life of the heart. Drawing on different religious and spiritual traditions the poems bring out some of the qualities of metta and of a person turning their effort towards cultivating loving kindness in their life.

This video was produced and read with the help of our friends...
San Francisco Buddhist Center
San Francisco Buddhist Center

Holidays, Poems, Shrines and Sangha Night

By padmatara on Wed, 2 Oct, 2013 - 16:09

Holidays, Poems, Shrines and Sangha Night

By padmatara on Wed, 2 Oct, 2013 - 16:09Dear Friends,

I already felt lucky to be in this community during the ups and downs of the last year or so, and now some very generous friends have given me a holiday in Kauai - leaving tomorrow, back next Tuesday. I can’t tell you how great it feels to be looking forward to something like this.

I wanted to make sure you all have the poems from Suvarnaprabha’s funeral - so I’ve copied them below.
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San Francisco Buddhist Center
San Francisco Buddhist Center

Two Videos From Suvarnaprabha's Funeral

By Dayamudra on Mon, 30 Sep, 2013 - 21:17
Two video fragments from the funeral. Raymond Carver’s ‘Late Fragment’ read by Padmatara and the final sadhus. The sound on the poem is quite hard to make out, here are the words:

Late Fragment
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

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