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Being With Ourselves, Knowing Ourselves: How To Hold Our Experience In A Complicated World

By Candradasa on Thu, 30 Aug, 2018 - 00:48

Being With Ourselves, Knowing Ourselves: How To Hold Our Experience In A Complicated World

By Candradasa on Thu, 30 Aug, 2018 - 00:48

Sundays, September 2nd through September 30th, 9am-12.30pm

We’re moving into a new season again at the PBC! And this year we’ll be greeting fall and early winter by exploring the 5th aspect of the Triratna System of Practice: the aspect of Spiritual Receptivity.

Over the next 5 weeks we’ll begin our reflections with a series of Sunday community mornings looking at what it means to have and be with our experience of life – and how...

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Buddhist Centre Features

Spiritual Receptivity Retreat With Vessantara (Adhisthana 2017) - Complete Retreat Recordings

By akasajoti on Mon, 30 Oct, 2017 - 14:21

In August 2017 at Adhisthana, Vessantara continued his exploration of our mandala of spiritual practice with a second, deeper look at Spiritual Receptivity. This retreat focused on Just Sitting, a practice in which we’re open to the whole of our experience which forms a vital balance to structured practice, and is also the centre of the meditative mandala, where everything culminates in an experience which Sangharakshita describes as ‘existential relaxation’.

In this series of sessions, Vessantara weaves input around guided...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Dhammarati on Sikkha - a new project to review and develop training in the system of practice

By dhammamegha on Mon, 30 May, 2016 - 18:24

I recently interviewed Dhammarati about an emerging project about the system of training in Triratna. It goes by the name of Sikkha (with a long a), which is a Pali word meaning ‘spiritual training’. It is about deepening our understanding of what and how we practice and teach within the Triratna community, and developing an explicit shared framework to talk about it. 

Here, Dhammarati reflects on what is essential in Buddhist practice: a growth of awareness which leads to positive and rich emotion and a move away...

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Dharmabyte: Ksanti as Spiritual Receptivity

By Rijupatha on Mon, 3 Nov, 2014 - 17:00
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In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Ksanti as Spiritual Receptivity,” Sangharakshita reminds us that thinking we have nothing more to learn is more dangerous than anything in the spiritual life.

From “Masculinity and Femininity in the Spiritual Life” given in 1969, part of the series “Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal”.

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FBA Podcast: Spiritual Receptivity - From a Retreat

By Rijupatha on Tue, 28 Oct, 2014 - 00:47

FBA Podcast: Spiritual Receptivity - From a Retreat

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Vessantara leads us on a journey to discover “Spiritual Receptivity” for this week’s FBA Podcast. This is the first in a thoroughly engaging set of talks and led meditations. From beginning to end, we get to experience the full flavor of the retreat that these segments were recorded from, held at Adhisthana in 2014...
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FBA Podcast: Make Yourself An Island

By Rijupatha on Tue, 12 Aug, 2014 - 20:24

FBA Podcast: Make Yourself An Island

By Rijupatha on Tue, 12 Aug, 2014 - 20:24This week’s FBA Podcast is entitled: “Make Yourself An Island.” Reflecting on her favourite lines from the Paranibbana Sutta, Jvalamalini explores how to become an island in the midst of the eight worldly winds, especially how to steer through praise and blame, and fame and infamy by developing true individuality, and spiritual receptivity.

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Dharmabyte: Being Present to Experience

By Rijupatha on Mon, 7 Apr, 2014 - 15:19
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Being Present to Experience” we have Maitreyabandhu speaking in his usual playful, engaging way on vedana, success, being present to our experience, and recognizing the gap between our thoughts and our direct experience. This is an excerpt from Week 4 of his Dharmic Receptivity Series given at the London Buddhist Centre, Monday, 17 May 2014.

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Empathy, Receptivity, Silence... A Week of Podcasts on FBA

By viriyalila on Wed, 8 May, 2013 - 01:40

Empathy, Receptivity, Silence... A Week of Podcasts on FBA

By viriyalila on Wed, 8 May, 2013 - 01:40We start our podcast review with The Power of Empathy by Vajrasara. In this beautiful talk Vajrasara explores metta (loving kindness), the subtle art of listening, and Kuan Yin, the mysterious white lady of Compassion. One of a series of talks on the theme of ‘A Force for Good in the World’, given in the Dharma Parlour at the 2010 Buddhafield Festival in Somerset, UK

Then we give you two short Dharmabytes, little gems of Dharma...
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Saddhaloka - Tales From the Pali Canon Around Receptivity

By Candradasa on Tue, 5 Mar, 2013 - 12:33
Saddhaloka in great form under the Bodhi Tree, setting us up for a morning of reflection on the men’s convention (day 5!) by telling stories from some of the oldest Buddhist sutras. Famous tales like Meghiya meet less well-known ones (the tale of ‘Contradictor’!) and a picture emerges of the Buddha meeting all-comers and finding a way to speak that allowed their hearts to open…

In English with Hindi translation.

Recorded at Bodh Gaya, 28th February 2013

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Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Spiritual Receptivity and Just Sitting

By Candradasa on Tue, 16 Oct, 2012 - 13:40
We’ve been touching throughout the ‘Religion Without God’ series on the idea of working in meditation to get a feel for a ‘space’ or ‘gap’ between the arising of a feeling (in response to what we take in via the senses) and our emotional/volitional response (liking, not liking, etc.). Vessantara is pretty wonderful on this kind of ‘spiritual receptivity’ work, looking to see what is present in our experience and learning how to attend to it...