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Arthamitra introduces Metta Vihara

By lokabandhu on Sun, 3 Jun, 2012 - 16:27
Live on the 2012 Triratna International Retreat, Arthamitra introduces Metta Vihara - Triratna’s new purpose-built Retreat Centre in the Netherlands. Find it at http://www.mettavihara.nl/
San Francisco Buddhist Center
San Francisco Buddhist Center

VideoPoem

By marysalome on Sat, 26 May, 2012 - 20:27

VideoPoem

By marysalome on Sat, 26 May, 2012 - 20:27Poetry, collaboratively read, creates the soundtrack for imagery showing the transformation of retreat center land through collective effort. Archival footage of the community that came together to remodel the San Francisco Buddhist Center in the late 1990s, interwoven with excerpts from Sangharakshita’s talk on personal transformation, reminds us of what is possible.

Consider making a contribution to the San Francisco Buddhist Center to support efforts to improve conditions on the retreat center land shown in this video. Free Buddhist...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Guhyaloka retreat centre plans first One Year Retreat

By lokabandhu on Wed, 9 May, 2012 - 11:01

Guhyaloka retreat centre plans first One Year Retreat

By lokabandhu on Wed, 9 May, 2012 - 11:01Bodhidaka writes from Guhyaloka, Triratna’s men’s retreat centre in the Spanish mountains, with news of their plans for Triratna’s first ‘One Year Retreat’ - and an invitation to contribute to it. He says -

“Since its founding in 1986 Guhyaloka retreat centre has hosted Triratna’s annual 4 month Ordination retreats for men. There has been a resident community here almost continuously since then, and many changes in how the community here has organised itself. Besides the regular...
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Triratna News

Triratna International Retreat coming up soon: five reasons not to miss it!

By lokabandhu on Fri, 4 May, 2012 - 05:59

Triratna International Retreat coming up soon: five reasons not to miss it!

By lokabandhu on Fri, 4 May, 2012 - 05:59Vajragupta writes from Triratna’s Development Team to remind everyone of the upcoming Triratna International Retreat - starting four weeks today - and to give us five reasons not to miss it! They are…

1) It is the only big event for both the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community in the UK. It is a unique gathering, open to everyone, from those newest to our community right through to some of our most experienced Order members teaching...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Imagine chanting this mantra with 400 people!

By lokabandhu on Wed, 25 Apr, 2012 - 06:20

Imagine chanting this mantra with 400 people!

By lokabandhu on Wed, 25 Apr, 2012 - 06:20Mahasukha’s Shakyamuni Buddha mantra is one of several we’ll be chanting on the Triratna International Retreat, coming up in early June. It will led and introduced by Mahasukha, taken from his album Longing – a beautiful collection of mantras and chants.

Vajragupta, who’s overseeing the event, says: “Bookings are coming in fast now. In the last week or so, substantial groups from Copenhagen, Berlin, and Gent have booked. We’ve also heard there is a bus-load...
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Triratna News

Padmasambhava celebrated at Stonehenge

By lokabandhu on Sun, 22 Apr, 2012 - 19:28

Padmasambhava celebrated at Stonehenge

By lokabandhu on Sun, 22 Apr, 2012 - 19:28April’s full moon saw the Buddhafield 2012 Yatra ending with a dawn celebration of Padmasambhava in the midst of the ancient stones of Stonehenge - after a week-long 70-mile walk along Britain’s Ridgeway track. Buddhafield have been running Yatras (a Sanskrit word simply meaning ‘walk’) for some years now and they have grown and grown - this one had some 35 people including the team of 6. They are a retreat, but a retreat with a difference, being...
Triratna News
Triratna News

International Retreat - some memories and endorsements

By lokabandhu on Mon, 16 Apr, 2012 - 05:35

International Retreat - some memories and endorsements

By lokabandhu on Mon, 16 Apr, 2012 - 05:35Coming up in June is Triratna’s 3rd International Retreat at Taraloka, which will see 500 people gathering to explore the theme of ‘Imagining the Buddha’. The last one was in 2010, and we’ve been asking people for some of their memories - here’s three of them, delightful in their honesty and appreciation of what is a remarkable event…

The main thing I’ll be taking with me is my new perception of the Sangha: the vibrancy and generosity...
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Triratna News

Opening of Metta Vihara retreat centre

By lokabandhu on Fri, 13 Apr, 2012 - 06:18

Opening of Metta Vihara retreat centre

By lokabandhu on Fri, 13 Apr, 2012 - 06:18For the past year Triratna’s Dutch and Belgian centres have been working hard on the construction and finishing of Metta Vihara, their brand-new retreat centre. It’s nearly done, with the official opening scheduled for 11-13 May.

And to celebrate, they’ve made a video showing volunteers from the Sanghas and their friends painting and furnishing the building. Enjoy… And if you’re in the area for the opening, you’re warmly invited.


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Triratna News

Metta Vihara (new Netherlands Retreat Centre) now nearly ready!

By lokabandhu on Tue, 7 Feb, 2012 - 15:18

Metta Vihara (new Netherlands Retreat Centre) now nearly ready!

By lokabandhu on Tue, 7 Feb, 2012 - 15:18Jan Deckers writes from Ghent, in Belgium, with the excellent news their new retreat centre Metta Vihara is nearly ready. Triratna’s Dutch and Belgian Sanghas have for many years been fundraising, property-searching, planning and seeking official permissions for a new Buddhist Retreat Centre in the South of the Netherlands - and it’s nearly here! He says -

“We can hardly believe it ourselves: the building is nearly finished. If the gods allow it we will take possession...
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Triratna News

News following a three-year retreat...

By lokabandhu on Mon, 23 Jan, 2012 - 11:02

News following a three-year retreat...

By lokabandhu on Mon, 23 Jan, 2012 - 11:02Vessantara, ordained in 1974 and recently returned from a three-year retreat, writes with news of his return, a brief glimpse of what it was like to be on retreat for three years - and what he plans to do next… He says -“In the summer of 2008 FWBO News (as it was then) reported that Vijayamala and I were going to France to do a 3-year retreat in a couple of old wooden circus wagons in the...

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