Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “Magic Rites”. From the talk, “The Symbolism of Colours and Mantric Sound”, where Sangharakshita explores the rich symbolic significance of colour and sound, highlighting their role as crucial agents of transformation. The lecture concludes with a brief introduction to the figure of Manjughosha, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom.
Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “Receiving the Green Tara Sadhana.” Here’s an excerpt from a great treat from Taraloka Retreat Centre, where Sangharakshita inaugurates their new shrine cabin dedicated to Tara – the radiant Bodhisattva of compassion, inspiration to many who lead a Buddhist life aspiring to beauty and a steady openness in the face of the mysteries of existence.
This week’s FBA Podcast entitled “Buddhism and the Language of Myth” is part of the series “Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism” by Sangharakshita. Buddhism is the most rational of religions. But it appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so. Examples are four ‘myths’ from the Buddha’s biography, here correlated with four of Jung’s archetypes.
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After 35 years of trading as Buddhist Right Livelihood business in the UK, Windhorse:Evolution closed its doors. They did so in an exemplary way - with no debts, helping their Fair Trade suppliers to make a difficult transition, and taking very good care of all their employees.
Here are extended highlights from the workers’ final ritual in Cambridge, UK, on March 26th 2015.
Footage and photography by Ivan Villamar Trujillo as part of The Buddhist Centre Online’s...
A strong, stirring puja dedicated to Amoghasiddhi, the archetypal, unstoppable green Buddha of the North. This ritual features dedicated sections and readings that call forth Amoghasiddhi’s great qualities of fearlessness as well as the magical realm he inhabits. We are also treated to words enjoining us to practise empathy and sympathetic joy (mudita) in all our relationship. This puja includes some beautiful mantra chanting and lovely verses to Green Tara, Amoghasiddhi’s consort, used to help face and overcome our fears…...
By viriyalila on Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 - 23:31Attend this micro-retreat and explore one of the most engaging figures in Buddhist myth and history. Credited as the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, Padmasambhava’s biography is rich in symbol and archetype. We will focus on a few key stories from his life through meditation, readings, discussion and some simple ritual. Led by Suddhayu.
Nov 22 Padmasambhava, Part II, 9-1 pm
You do not need to have attended part I to come to part II.
By viriyalila on Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 - 22:26The new moon of September is a day dedicated to Padmasambhava, a great Buddhist teacher from the 8th century. Join us for an evening of meditation, ritual and readings of sacred texts as we explore the archetype of the tantric guru.
Wednesday, September 24th, 7 - 9 pm Portsmouth Buddhist Center, 84 Pleasant Street, 2nd Floor
By Christine on Sun, 7 Sep, 2014 - 23:36On September 21st, thousands will take to the streets to motivate the UN Earth Summit (NYC) to take ambitious action on the climate crisis. Anticipated as the biggest unified campaign of our time, Buddhist presence has much to add.
On this day, we’ll engage in rituals of both spiritual and worldly realms. Following a morning of meditation and ritual at the Centre, we’ll join the Sheffield Rivers Rally (organized by Sheffield Climate Alliance) for an afternoon of...
A strong puja from the 2014 Triratna International Council, featuring an extract from the Avatamsaka (Flower Garland) Sutra, the Maitreya Mantra beautifully harmonized, the Ratana Sutta, and the Refuges and Precepts and Shakyamuni Mantra chanted Indian style…
We present here the full puja followed by key extracts.
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