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Akasati: Heart and Soul - the Power of Ritual

By Candradasa on Tue, 21 May, 2013 - 17:44

Akasati: Heart and Soul - the Power of Ritual

By Candradasa on Tue, 21 May, 2013 - 17:44Does ritual have a place in 21st Century Buddhism? Akasati explores tradition and innovation in Buddhist ritual and looks into the area of creating our own rituals.

Given at Buddhafield Festival 2012 in the Dharma Parlour

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Afrikaans Triratna Threefold Puja Read by Acalaraja

By Candradasa on Mon, 15 Apr, 2013 - 12:43
There’s something about hearing a familiar text in a language other than your own that can be quite arresting. Words you can feel the meaning in even though you don’t, exactly, ‘understand’; words shared between people and also between peoples: across cultures, beyond language. Here’s Achalavajra with one of the first fruits of the Afrikaans translation initiative reading the Threefold Puja (the English version of the text can be found here). Wonderful sound, wonderful shared sense…...
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The Threefold Puja

The Threefold Puja

By Candradasa on Thu, 11 Apr, 2013 - 21:04And while we’re at it, here is the Threefold Puja!

This is a shorter compilation of verses composed by Urgyen Sangharakshita for general use in the Triratna Buddhist Community. The Threefold Puja is often performed at Buddhist Centres and on retreat, and it’s a beautifully weighted little text that brings our emotions into play alongside rational understandings of the Buddhist path.

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The Sevenfold Puja

The Sevenfold Puja

By Candradasa on Thu, 11 Apr, 2013 - 20:56Another post to mark Triratna’s anniversaries this week. Munisha pointed out that we didn’t have the Sevenfold Puja text as a file on our site. Well we sort of did, but only as a link… Well, offering that kind of thing is something we’ll be able to address much more fully with time (and resources!), but for now this particular instance is easy to rectify! Here’s a version we prepared for the last Urban Retreat, for...
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Shakyamuni Mantra - at Cambridge, UK

By Candradasa on Mon, 25 Mar, 2013 - 15:07

Shakyamuni Mantra - at Cambridge, UK

By Candradasa on Mon, 25 Mar, 2013 - 15:07Thanks to Suvajra for sending this!
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Full Moon Puja at the Vajrasana

By Candradasa on Tue, 26 Feb, 2013 - 15:49
At the Triratna Order Convention, Bodh Gaya, 2013, we gathered under the full moon at the Vajrasana - the seat of the Buddha’s Enlightenment itself - and performed Puja in English and Hindi as a united Order, east and west…

NB. There was a microphone/p.a. issue all evening so some of the sound is a bit distorted in parts! But it gives a certain flavour of a very noisy puja in a very noisy but still magic place!...
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Parinirvana 2013

By Candradasa on Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 - 15:35

Parinirvana 2013

By Candradasa on Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 - 15:35This week Triratna Buddhist Centres all over the world will be marking the Buddha’s last days and Parinirvana. It’s a time when we come together to reflect on his life and death, and remember those we have known who have passed away. A chance to strengthen our practice of one of the most essential reflections in any spiritually healthy life - the recollection of impermanence - by engaging with the ‘purification’ practice of ‘...
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Experimental Chanting of the Shakyamuni Mantra

By lokabandhu on Fri, 27 Jul, 2012 - 08:39
Following on from our ritual boo on day two of the European Chairs’ Assembly looking at experiments with Triratna ritual, ceremony and liturgy, here is a snippet of some rather avant garde mantra chanting of the Shakyamuni mantra, following Ratnadevi’s workshop.
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Ritual Boo!

By Candradasa on Thu, 26 Jul, 2012 - 21:57
Day two at the ECA and we’re all about ritual today! Lokabandhu and Candradasa are joined by Saddhanandi, Chair of Taraloka Retreat Centre for women in Wales, for a right royal ramble around ritual and the question of how on earth it develops across a broad spiritual community. Join us on the swing in the Vajrasana garden for a chat - then listen to our follow-up boo with experimental chanting from the day!

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Just before the Puja...

By sanghadhara on Sun, 3 Jun, 2012 - 21:58
Recordings live from tonight’s puja courtesy of Ivan!

No.1. A lovely wee record of the almost Elvish chanting that greeted people arriving at the shrine just now…

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