By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 10 Aug, 2020 - 15:00
This week’s free eBook
This week we’re delighted to be giving away Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism: An Introduction by Sangharakshita, which leads the reader through the Sevenfold Puja and gives a feeling for the depth of spiritual practice to be contacted through reciting devotional verses, making offerings and chanting mantras.
It’s not too late to download last week’s free eBook, The Yogi’s Joy, also by Sangharakshita. It will remain free until the 17th of August.
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Marking the mid-point between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox, Lammas is a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’, and indicates how central and honoured is the first loaf from the first harvested grain.
Our puja, led by Lalitaraja, will celebrate the mythic Buddha Ratnasambhava, who is associated with generosity and abundance. If you wish, bring props for our ritual: a broom, mint, green and/or gold ribbon, fresh baked bread. ...
To celebrate Dharma Day this year, Padmaloka will be offering a full online festival programme including live streamed meditations and rituals from the Shrine Room, and a live talk and Q&A by Padmavajra. His talk will explore the story of the turning of the wheel of the Dharma and, in...
During this home retreat we have been exploring the bodhicitta - the deep, heartfelt desire for all beings to be free from suffering and to be happy and free. Remembering that we can dedicate our practice to all living beings you may wish to finish your day with a ritual of Transference of Merit and Self-Surrender (the last section in the Sevenfold Puja).
The third day on any retreat is often when difficulties or distractions start to arise! This is a good point to tune in again with the resolution you made at the beginning of the week and recommit yourself to the vision you have for the week. You may wish to mark your resolve by doing a puja (devotional ritual). One of the practices in our Community is the Threefold puja.
The central image of this home retreat is based on the story of the Buddha when Mara attacks him with all the weapons he can muster: the Buddha sits in complete peace and openness; the arrows from his opponents drift down around him as flower petals. So you may wish to dwell with that image while chanting the mantra of the historical Buddha – the Shakyamuni mantra.
Celebrating the halfway point between equinox and solstice. The female Buddha Prajnaparamita (Perfect Wisdom) will be the central focus for the puja – her synthesis of wisdom and compassion arises in the realisation of emptiness.
An evening of ritual honouring Beltane. Beltane celebrates the rites of passion and fertility, of union, or differently put of the integration of wisdom and compassion. Prajnaparamita will be...
We will be chanting the five mantras Bhante asked us to do at his death. This puja will be led by Saddhaloka and will include readings from Bhante.
Join in and participate at home (put your laptop/tablet/phone on your shrine and meditate, chant and make offerings with us!). Thanks to everyone who took part last week. We really enjoy doing puja with you all.
Bhante’s body lies at Adhisthana and Bhante’s spirit lies at the heart of what we do. During the lockdown the community is circumambulating every evening at 7am in an act of worship, devotion and rememberance.
Here’s a short snippet that was live-streamed last night.