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An Offering From the Goddess Of The Spring

By dh sthanashraddha on Sat, 2 Jun, 2018 - 08:16

An Offering From the Goddess Of The Spring

By dh sthanashraddha on Sat, 2 Jun, 2018 - 08:16

2.30am alarm is ringing! Why is my alarm going off at this time of the night!! Ah yes I remember. So I crawl out of bed stagger around and remember to pack matches and jam jar candles. Along with jars of popping corn, oats and soya milk. Some white flowers from the garden and a swan feather and a white peacock feather. I remember to pack the incense but later recall I didn’t pack any charcoal discs…

After...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Buddha Day Offerings From The Goddess of the Spring

By Candradasa on Sat, 2 Jun, 2018 - 08:10

To mark the great festival of Buddha Day (Wesak), when we celebrate the Enlightenment and its opening up of the path that leads to the end of suffering, here’s a wonderful mythologically minded conversation with Sthanashraddha, self-confessed ritualist and all-round lover of beauty and of the Dharma as an aesthetic choice in itself.

Sthanashraddha’s considerable elegance of being and of mind comes through beautifully as we hear his magical tale of a dawn adventure to meet the goddess of the Malvern springs...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Emotion in the Spiritual Life

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 28 May, 2018 - 17:02

This Dharmabyte podcast is from our Triratna Buddhist Community founder, Sangharakshita, entitled: Emotion in the Spiritual Life.

The central problem of spiritual life is the mobilisation of our emotional energies, so that what we know can be put into practice. Energies may be blocked, wasted or too coarse, and the Buddhist puja takes us through a series of devotional moods to help liberate them.

The full talk, Poetry and Devotion...

Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now
Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now

The Song of the Sangha!

By mokshini on Tue, 18 Jul, 2017 - 08:40

The Song of the Sangha!

By mokshini on Tue, 18 Jul, 2017 - 08:40

A lovely opportunity for us to take part in at the International Gathering: Arthasiddhi will be leading a choir every afternoon over the course of the weekend. 


A new simple, rousing chant has been written for this event, setting the very words in which the Buddha celebrated the first reaching-out-into-the-world of the Sangha - we will be singing it in the final puja.  Come and enjoy singing this chant and other simple harmony music including African chant; raise your voices...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

This Sunday: Summer & the Good Life

By shraddhavani on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 16:14

This Sunday: Summer & the Good Life

By shraddhavani on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 16:14

This Sunday, June 18, 10AM - 12:30 PM, we will conclude our May-June topic, What is the Good Life? Seeing Past Materialism, Inequality & the Cult of Fashion. This has been a meditation-focused  program exploring the Brahma Viharas - four powerful meditation practices that help us cultivate kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. We will meditate together, as always, and then look at how the efforts and the fruits of meditation really do help us bring key aspects of a good...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

As Long As Space Abides...: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

By akasajoti on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 00:07

As Long As Space Abides...: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

By akasajoti on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 00:07

We’ve been in silence together today and followed a more meditative programme, absorbing the rich input of the last days. It’s as if an atmosphere of gentleness, quiet, and ease has pervaded Adhisthana, which seems unlikely in the midst of a landscaping project and a busy, living and working community; but it is so. There’s been the usual exchange of cheeky smiles, and I’ve enjoyed seeing people sitting and moving around the site absorbed in their own reflections. This practice...

Espace Sangha de Paris
Espace Sangha de Paris

Eloge des amis spirituels

By Ujumani on Sat, 19 Nov, 2016 - 14:22

Eloge des amis spirituels

By Ujumani on Sat, 19 Nov, 2016 - 14:22

Je veux partager avec vous le texte qui a été lu lors d’une des pujas, lors de l’excellente  retraite de célébration de la Sangha que nous avons faite le long week-end dernier à Marines, dans le Vexin.

Ce texte est adapté du Soûtra Gandavyuha (lui-même chapitre du Soûtra de l’Ornementation fleurie, un important soûtra du Mahayana), dans lequel Soudhana, au cours de sa quête vers l...

Glasgow Buddhist Centre
Glasgow Buddhist Centre

Sunday Sangha - September at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre

By Billy on Sun, 4 Sep, 2016 - 21:24

Sunday Sangha - September at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre

By Billy on Sun, 4 Sep, 2016 - 21:24

SundaySangha in September

Here’s a digest of what’s happening on Sunday nights as the first gentle notes of autumn begin to sound…


4th September 5:30 - 8:30
The Sangha sangha night will become a U Lab Hub for the evening led by Kuladharini. The GBC U Lab Coaching circle will share some of what they have learned from the free online introductory course for change makers all over the world. There will be an opportunity to experience for yourself what this thing...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

The Quintessence of Compassion

By akasajoti on Fri, 26 Aug, 2016 - 16:44

The Quintessence of Compassion

By akasajoti on Fri, 26 Aug, 2016 - 16:44

The birds sing at dawn for you
And, after winter, Earth puts out bright flowers
The stars adorn your hair
And oceans lie like crumpled silk
Beneath your feet.
Your eyes shine with pure love.
Clouds melt in your hands
Dropping moisture to plants and streams.

Bestowing confidence, unwavering
Tara you are the perfect friend
Delighting in turning sorrow to joy
Your sole desire to heal all pain.
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