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Working Retreat for Men at Adhisthana: 12-16 October

By akasajoti on Mon, 13 Jul, 2015 - 15:25

Working Retreat for Men at Adhisthana: 12-16 October

By akasajoti on Mon, 13 Jul, 2015 - 15:25

Join us for the first men’s working retreat at Adhisthana led by Sanghadasa and Sanghadeva. Both are members of the Adhisthana community, and have many years experience of working for the Movement

The theme of the retreat will be Integration, and you will be joining the young men here on the Dharma Training Course. Together we will explore how doing simple, practical tasks, especially working with others, can be great way to integrate the energies of the body and...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

The Adhisthana community 'at home'

By akasajoti on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 13:01

The Adhisthana community 'at home'

By akasajoti on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 13:01

Last week the resident community at Adhisthana spent a few days ‘at home’ together. There was some study led by Parami on the Dasadhamma Sutta - the ten points to be reflected on by one who has ‘gone forth’; we had couple of inspiring and energising sessions facilitated by Saddhanandi, evoking the vision of Adhisthana and imagining what it will become in five years time; and a day spent exploring how we live together as a community to serve that...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

BAM retreat in Ireland - Self and Other: the Alchemy of Transformation

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 5 Jun, 2015 - 15:30

BAM retreat in Ireland - Self and Other: the Alchemy of Transformation

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 5 Jun, 2015 - 15:30

Compassion is far more than emotion. It is something that springs

Up in the emptiness which is when you yourself are not there,

So that you do not know anything about it.

Nobody, in fact, knows anything about it (If they knew it, it would not be Compassion);

But they can only smell

The scent of the unseen flower

That blooms in the Heart of the Void

(‘The Unseen Flower’, by Bhante)

BAM in Ireland opened with a retreat over the June bank holiday weekend in the lovely surroundings of Sandville House, Co. Cavan.  Twenty...

Earth Metta Sangha
Earth Metta Sangha

Transforming World and Self - Tara and the Tears of Avalokitesvara

By Christine on Tue, 5 May, 2015 - 13:44

Transforming World and Self - Tara and the Tears of Avalokitesvara

By Christine on Tue, 5 May, 2015 - 13:44

Happy to say that Suddhacandika and Christine are booked on this retreat at Taraloka:

Transforming World and Self - Tara and the Tears of Avalokitesvara

Avalokitesvara weeps for the sufferings of the world and from his tears Tara is born.

This retreat will have the mythic theme of Green Tara, who has one hand extended in a gesture of infinite giving, and with one leg steps down into the world to go to the aid of living beings.

She is also much associated in our minds with...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Letter from a Buddhist Retreat Centre

By vajratara on Fri, 17 Apr, 2015 - 16:33

Letter from a Buddhist Retreat Centre

By vajratara on Fri, 17 Apr, 2015 - 16:33

Vajratara lives at Tiratanaloka, a retreat centre in Wales that specialises in running retreats for women who are training for Ordination. She gives us a flavour of a remote — but busy — life

The wind has finally died down and the sun is shining. This morning, when I went for my run, the waves on the reservoir were spraying over the dam, the wind howling and crashing down the valley. The new and tender crocuses and snow drops were...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 8: meditating, rejoicing, puja to Bhante, and clear up!

By jvalamalini on Sat, 21 Mar, 2015 - 20:53

Day 8: meditating, rejoicing, puja to Bhante, and clear up!

By jvalamalini on Sat, 21 Mar, 2015 - 20:53

Late post today - it’s been a full last day.

We had our usual silent meditative morning, with more beautiful words from Ratnavandana. The shrine room felt very still as we sat with her open approach to practising with all the brahma viharas again.

After lunch - and much rejoicing in Ratnavandana, the team, and the retreat - we did a puja to Sangharakshita, ending with dismantling the central five Buddha shrine. I found it...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

A Note For Online Rainy Season Retreatants!

By Centre Team on Fri, 20 Mar, 2015 - 21:56

A Note For Online Rainy Season Retreatants!

By Centre Team on Fri, 20 Mar, 2015 - 21:56

Hi all,

Two reasons for this post. First, a chance to post some rather lovely spring photographs from Bristol now the retreat has come to a close. Secondly, there’s been so much good material from it that we have fallen behind on remastering all the audio for internet use. Over the weekend and through the week we’ll get the remaining days’ worth of material up - plus a few extra treats! So, in a way, the retreat...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 7: All Brahma Viharas & Vairocana

By jvalamalini on Fri, 20 Mar, 2015 - 14:55

Day 7: All Brahma Viharas & Vairocana

By jvalamalini on Fri, 20 Mar, 2015 - 14:55

Today is the Spring Equinox, and this morning brought the mysterious dim-bright light of a partial solar eclipse, before turning into a glorious sunny day. We’re at that stage of the retreat when the end is in sight and my mind starts turning to other things, yet we still have this special chance to drop deeply into the divine abodes.

This morning Ratnavandana talked about “bhavana” as tending the conditions for growth. Just as with plants in...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Connections between the Brahma Viharas and Jinas

By jvalamalini on Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 - 15:34

Connections between the Brahma Viharas and Jinas

By jvalamalini on Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 - 15:34We can restore our innate mirror-like wisdom, transform our hatred, by developing Love-Metta. In this way we become like the blue Buddha Akshobhya.

We can restore our innate all-distinguishing wisdom, transform our greed and attachment, by developing Compassion-Karuna. In this way we become like the red Buddha Amitabha.

We can restore our innate all-performing wisdom, transform our envy and jealousy, by developing Sympathetic Joy-Mudita. In this way we become like the green Buddha Amoghasiddhi.

We can restore...
Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 6: Upekkha & Ratnasambhava

By jvalamalini on Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 - 15:17

Day 6: Upekkha & Ratnasambhava

By jvalamalini on Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 - 15:17A cold bright day in Bristol, and a deep quiet atmosphere in the Buddhist Centre, as we move into cultivating upekkha (equanimity).

As a brahma vihara, equanimity is more than the dictionary definition of ‘calm and composed especially in adversity’. It is a composite of metta, karuna and mudita pervaded by Dharmic understanding, like metta with a wisdom eye. It sees joy and suffering, their conditionedness and the constant flux of everything.

After just sitting in the mandala,...

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