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Uncontrived Mindfulness: ending suffering through attention, curiosity and wisdom

By Vajradevi on Thu, 22 Jul, 2021 - 10:30

Uncontrived Mindfulness: ending suffering through attention, curiosity and wisdom

By Vajradevi on Thu, 22 Jul, 2021 - 10:30

Led by Vajradevi

I’m running another online meditation retreat from Saturday 25th September to Friday 1st October 2021. The retreat is aimed at Order Members and Mitras and is offered on a Dana basis.

The emphasis will be on a relaxed, open, and attentive quality of ‘knowing’, receptive to whatever is happening within our experience. We will be cultivating mindfulness that is ‘uncontrived’ and natural and looking to bring ‘right view’ – a wisdom perspective - to each moment of awareness.

I’ll be drawing on...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Mandala of the Heart with Paramananda & Bodhilila

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Mon, 19 Jul, 2021 - 16:00

Mandala of the Heart with Paramananda & Bodhilila

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Mon, 19 Jul, 2021 - 16:00

This online retreat runs from Sunday 25 July at 7pm and runs till Sunday 31 July at 5.30pm

Mandalas are cross cultural symbols of the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm of the human psyche. Helping us to understand, on the deepest level, our place in the universe. Within Buddhism they are used as an aid to meditation and contemplation.

On this retreat we will be imagining our own bodies as a mandala with our hearts as the central organising principle around which...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Autumn - Winter 2021 Programme is now Live!

By Satyakirti on Wed, 14 Jul, 2021 - 15:45

Autumn - Winter 2021 Programme is now Live!

By Satyakirti on Wed, 14 Jul, 2021 - 15:45

We are delighted to announce that the Padmaloka Autumn-Winter programme has just gone live and is ready for bookings.

This final phase of the year marks a step towards a normal programme of residential retreats here at Padmaloka. All of the retreats will be in-person, albeit with initially lower attendance limits.

The programme includes some of the classic Ordination Training retreats:

Spiritual Friendship: Exploring the centrality of Kalyana Mitrata, and how to practice it.
The System of Dharma Life: A look at the key elements of an effective...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

Unfolding Sadhana

By Caroline I P on Mon, 28 Jun, 2021 - 23:42

Unfolding Sadhana

By Caroline I P on Mon, 28 Jun, 2021 - 23:42

Over the last few weeks, Adhisthana has been ringing with conversations on Sadhana.

Ksantikara has been recording a series of conversations with six fellow order members, talking to each of them about their Yiddam and Sadhana practice. Every time he returned to the office after having had one of these conversations, he would be almost bouncing, his eyes sparkling.

He kept saying how good these conversations were, how much he enjoyed them, and that he was really looking forward to sharing the recordings with the order.

I interviewed Lokeshvara the...

Buddhafield
Buddhafield

Buddhafield Weekender mini fest

By Dayajoti on Fri, 25 Jun, 2021 - 09:16

Buddhafield Weekender mini fest

By Dayajoti on Fri, 25 Jun, 2021 - 09:16

Buddhism on the land at the Buddhafield Weekender
9th - 11th July

Move your practice from the cushion to the earth! Ritual, meditation, dharma talks, sangha, with music, workshops and dance. All under the open sky in beautiful fields. 

Book your place here
 

From the Dharma programme:
Talks by Saddhanandi and Kusaladevi; Dharma via magic tricks (Prof Brian Rappert); workshops with Tejananda; Meditation and Deep Ecology with Sanghasiha; meditation group review (Anuttara); ‘Kiss...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Online Weekend Retreat: To Boldly Go...

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:36

Online Weekend Retreat: To Boldly Go...

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:36

‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.’

Marianne Williamson

Join Bodhilila and Prajnanita as we boldly explore the world of Amoghasiddhi, the archetypal Buddha of action and fearlessness. His name means, ‘Unobstructed Success’ and he is particularly associated with integration and the union of opposites. On this retreat we will find out how the Buddha worked with anxiety and fear while also being inspired and...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Retelling the Tale of the Buddha (Buddha Day 2021)

By Centre Team on Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 20:27

Retelling the Tale of the Buddha (Buddha Day 2021)

By Centre Team on Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 20:27

For Buddha Day this year, we decided to offer up a treat from this year’s fantastic Home Retreat looking at the mythical life of the Buddha and its urgent relevance to us today.

Check out Buddha Day celebrations around Triratna

Follow us on Instagram for live updates all weekend

​Listen to a new series of seven talks by Nagasiddhi on the Buddha’s life

First, we have a beautiful re-telling of the Buddha’s life story told live with handmade sets and puppetry by Mandarava...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

The Precepts of Atisha

By Caroline I P on Tue, 11 May, 2021 - 10:00

The Precepts of Atisha

By Caroline I P on Tue, 11 May, 2021 - 10:00

The precept of the Lama is more important than scriptures and commentaries.

- Atiśa

In the early days of the Order, Sangharakshita held a seminar on a book called The Door of Liberation, which consisted of seven Tibetan texts, translated under the auspices of Geshe Wangyal. The Kadamthorbu was one of those.

The text consists of dialogues between Atiśa and his closest disciples, especially with his principal disciple, the layman Dromtönpa, who later founded the Kadam school. It’s an informal exposition of how to live as...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

The Guru's Advice: Sub35 Festival Retreat

By Caroline I P on Mon, 10 May, 2021 - 12:12

The Guru's Advice: Sub35 Festival Retreat

By Caroline I P on Mon, 10 May, 2021 - 12:12

THU 26 AUGMON 30 AUG

Lived out fully, Buddhist practice is revolutionary. Its purpose is a complete transformation of every element of our lives and of the world around us. 

The legendary Tibetan Guru Padmasambhava is the archetype of this transformation. His mythic life story presents a conflict between the forces of light and the forces of darkness – a conflict that takes place within our own hearts and minds. Following his example, we can learn to...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

Duty and Delight | Hidden Gems

By Caroline I P on Sat, 24 Apr, 2021 - 10:14

Duty and Delight | Hidden Gems

By Caroline I P on Sat, 24 Apr, 2021 - 10:14

What does it mean to really beleive that friendship is the whole of the spiritual life? How will that change how we act?

Being willing to help each other is part of the central enterprise of the spiritual life - to grow. By being with people who we are not hiding anything from, it can connect us to ourselves more, and point us toward the wonder and mystery of what it is to be a human being.

Dhammarati and Saddhaloka discuss some of the jewels to be found in this study material for the online...

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