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Suryavana Retreat Centre
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El baile de los elementos: una aventura de rituales :: The Dance of the Elements: A ritual adventure

By Sudaka on Thu, 4 Apr, 2019 - 14:22

El baile de los elementos: una aventura de rituales :: The Dance of the Elements: A ritual adventure

By Sudaka on Thu, 4 Apr, 2019 - 14:22

Retiro en Suryavana del jueves 20 al 26 de junio (con la opción de asistir solo del viernes al lunes)

The Dance of the Elements: A ritual adventure

Amalamati, Visuddhimati and Lalitaraja invite you to celebrate the elements on a retreat in Spain - near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements through meditation and ritual as well as the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a well-known figure in the world...

Wellington Buddhist Centre
Wellington Buddhist Centre

New Men's Mitra Convener

By saradarshini on Thu, 28 Feb, 2019 - 22:51

New Men's Mitra Convener

By saradarshini on Thu, 28 Feb, 2019 - 22:51

On Tuesday 26th February we celebrated Akashagarbha who had been the men’s Mitra convener for 12 years and had a ritual passing the baton to Achalamuni who has taken on that responsibility.

Chris Bicknell rejoiced beautifully in Akashagarbha speaking under three headings: selflessness, love of the dharma and friendship. His sentiments were echoed by all of the men who have been in a Mitra study group with Akashagarbha, some of them citing their relationship with Akashagarbha, his availability and willingness to share...

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Dharmabyte: On The Paving Sprinkled with Perfume

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 27 Dec, 2018 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called On The Paving Sprinkled with Perfume by Samantabhadri excerpted from the talk: Ritual, A Path to Truth and Self Transcendence.

Speaking at Nottingham Buddhist centre, Samantabhadri gives a keynote talk on ritual and its place and potential within the Triratna Community. She explores ritual as personal experience and in relation to going beyond a fixed self, to the collective, to the imagination, to compassion and...

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Dharmabyte: Heart of the Puja

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 24 Dec, 2018 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called The Heart of the Puja from A Personal Take On the Sevenfold Puja by Amarapuspa. Amarapuspa discusses the Going For Refuge section of the puja, and the Refuges and Precepts, with examples from her own personal journey towards letting go into the puja. We hear the story of Dhaniya the Cattleman and the session finishes with a series of led reflections asking “can we be inspired by...

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FBA Podcast: The Sevenfold Puja: Worship

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 22 Dec, 2018 - 11:00

Our FBA Podcast this week is entitled The Sevenfold Puja: Worship by Maniraja. The Sevenfold Puja - drawn from the Bodhicaryavatara - is the main devotional ceremony of the Triratna Buddhist Community.

This talk is the second in the series on the Puja, given Manchester Buddhist Centre.

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Dharmabyte: The Sheer Amazement of Joy

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 20 Dec, 2018 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called The Sheer Amazement of Joy. Garavachitta explores The Seven Moods of the Puja as a devotional journey, in this excerpt we hear his thoughts on the Rejoicing in Merits section.

This talk reflects on the stages of the journey and how we can enter it more deeply. Given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre at Triratna Night on 28 September 2015.

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Dharmabyte: A Potent Practice

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 17 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called A Potent Practice. Amrta talks personally about the practice of puja and also asks us what importance do we place on it in our movement. Is it a secondary practice or a means to awakening the Bodhi Heart!?

Given on a men’s regional Order weekend at Padmaloka September 2010, entitled Thoughts on Puja.

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FBA Podcast: Using Ritual to Cultivate Bodhicitta

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 15 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Can ritual help us put the conditions in place through which bodhicitta may arise? In this week’s FBA Podcast Using Ritual to Cultivate Bodhicitta Vijayasri explores our reactions to the idea of ritual and how rituals can become meaningless. We then look at the concept of ritual as “entering into a realm of the imagination where we encounter Buddhas and Bodhisattvas”.

This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in April 2016...

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Dharmabyte: The Sevenfold Puja

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 13 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a full description of The Sevenfold Puja. From the talk entitled Poetry and Devotion in Buddhism: the Sevenfold Puja by Sangarakshita. The central problem of spiritual life is the mobilisation of our emotional energies, so that what we know can be put into practice. Energies may be blocked, wasted or too coarse, and the Buddhist puja takes us through a series of devotional moods to help liberate them.

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FBA Podcast: The Art of Ritual and Descent

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 1 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

In this week’s FBA Podcast, Bhadra introduces the archetypal magician, Padmasambhava, in a talk called The Art of Ritual and Descent, given at a day for men in Bristol, UK. He uses episodes from the magician’s life to illustrate how engaging the imagination through ritual and being willing to make the journey of descent are key elements of a fruitful practice.

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