A fascinating talk about the Buddha’s relationship with both the urban environment and the forest. Ratnaprabha then relates this material to our own lives, which for most of us are likely to be mainly urban. Can we really practice the Dharma in the city? Are there even advantages to living and practising there? From the talk Buddha In the City, Buddha In the Forest given at Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2023.
Ratnaprabha recently led an over-subscribed retreat at Adhisthana on Science and Buddhism. He will be releasing a series of articles on the topic which you can read on Adhisthana’s blog as well as Ratnaprabha’s personal website. If you missed the first retreat, there is another in 2024.
Science and Buddhism can be seen as self-contained universes, apparently complete in themselves. Each is a very extensive, coherent worldview, worked out over many centuries. They are the greatest collective cultural achievements...
Friendships hold the sangha together, genuine personal connections, that support spiritual practice. Weaving in contemporary poetry with teachings from the Buddhist tradition, Ratnaprabha explores the nature of harmonious community by taking us through the Sangha Section of the TiratanaVandana.
Ratnaprabha describes Nagarjuna’s Five Great Stages of Spiritual Development as expounded in ‘The Precious Garland’ on leading the spiritual life. Recollection, Positivity, Openness, Renewing, and Spontaneous Compassionate Action ultimately lead us to making the Dharma available to others, the greatest gift we can give.
Buddhist Symbols slideshow, Saturday 23 May 11:30 with Ratnaprabha.
The stupa started as a burial mound for the Buddha, but became a vast symbol, the architecture of enlightenment, with its special forms and meanings in the different Asian Buddhist cultures. The last of this series of slideshows. Zoom login: https://zoom.us/j/630207959 Meeting ID: 630 207 959, or try YouTube live.
Recent talks and slideshows can be seen here on our YouTube channel. Last week’s on the Vajra, Can the...
On the Wheel of Life, the whole person is symbolised by a boat with passengers, the five skandhas. Ratnaprabha focuses especially on our habit energies, and our habitual preferences. Are we ruled by our likes and dislikes? Is there a creative response? How to the five Buddhas fit in?
Come together online with the North London Sangha to celebrate the very start of Buddhism, the Buddha’s awakening under the Bodhi Tree on the full moon day of May.
10:30 -12 midday, a workshop on anapanasati (breath mindfulness) with Singhashri. 14:00-15:00, Slideshow by Ratnaprabha on the Buddha’s visitors under the Bodhi tree, also on YouTube Live. 16:00 -16:30, Buddha Day readings organised by Santva ...