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Sangharakshita on the Sciences within Triratna

By Candradasa on Tue, 17 Jul, 2012 - 14:56

Sangharakshita on the Sciences within Triratna

By Candradasa on Tue, 17 Jul, 2012 - 14:56As part of a Q & A with Sangharakshita at Aryaloka Retreat Center in New Hampshire, USA, Sangharakshita was asked about the place of the Sciences in the Triratna Buddhist Community. Interesting listening from a man with such a strong penchant for the Arts! Note the one book he references having read!
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Sangharakshita’s diary, June 2012

By lokabandhu on Fri, 29 Jun, 2012 - 05:58

Sangharakshita’s diary, June 2012

By lokabandhu on Fri, 29 Jun, 2012 - 05:58Vidyaruchi, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with news of the past month, saying - “For much of the last month Bhante has been mainly occupied with producing a final edit of Living Wisely. This work has now been completed, and Bhante hopes that Windhorse Publications will be able to publish it before too long. He has since returned to correspondence, which was largely squeezed out while we worked on the book. He also continues to see people most days, and...
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This Dharma Day let's turn the Wheel of the Dharma together!

By lokabandhu on Mon, 25 Jun, 2012 - 06:18

This Dharma Day let's turn the Wheel of the Dharma together!

By lokabandhu on Mon, 25 Jun, 2012 - 06:18Dharmachakra (‘The Wheel of the Dharma’) is the name of the charity behind Triratna’s Free Buddhist Audio service. And at the full moon in July Buddhists around the world will celebrate ‘Dharmachakra Day’, the festival day that marks Buddha’s first teaching…

So this summer, let’s all work together to turn the Wheel the Dharma!

Listen to ‘The Word of the Buddha’ to learn more about why we celebrate Dharmachakra Day. In this great talk...
The 2012 Triratna International Retreat
The 2012 Triratna International Retreat

‘Re-Imagining The Buddha’ - by Sangharakshita and Subhuti

By lokabandhu on Sat, 2 Jun, 2012 - 10:33

‘Re-Imagining The Buddha’ - by Sangharakshita and Subhuti

By lokabandhu on Sat, 2 Jun, 2012 - 10:33‘Imagining the Buddha’ was probably chosen as the theme of the 2012 Triratna International Retreat thanks to the influence of a paper entitled ‘Re-Imagining The Buddha’ jointly published by Sangharakshita and Subhuti some 18 months ago. Since then it’s become a theme widely studied and debated throughout Triratna. Sangharakshita introduces it like this:

Towards the end of August, 2010, Subhuti and I had a series of discussions centred on the topic of the imagination. I had long...
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Sangharakshita’s Diary, May 2012

By lokabandhu on Sat, 2 Jun, 2012 - 06:18

Sangharakshita’s Diary, May 2012

By lokabandhu on Sat, 2 Jun, 2012 - 06:18Vidyaruci, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his usual monthly update of the highlights of Sangharakshita’s diary, saying -

“After a quiet period last month, Bhante has returned to receiving visitors most days. There are as many requests for meetings with him as ever, but he doesn’t have the energy to see as many people as before, so it is becoming increasingly difficult to fit everyone in. Other than visitors, Bhante’s main focus at present is doing a final edit of...
The 2012 Triratna International Retreat
The 2012 Triratna International Retreat

We must imagine the Buddha

By lokabandhu on Sun, 27 May, 2012 - 10:35
“To live the Buddhist life, to become like the Buddha, we must imagine the Buddha. The goal must be embodied in our imaginations, our deepest energies gathered in an image of what we are trying to move towards.

… Imagination has direct access to its objects, in contrast to reason, which deals with concepts derived from experience. It is a means of knowing, its truths being symbolic rather than conceptual. As it matures, imagination becomes the faculty of faculties, combining and transcending reason, emotion, and the senses, whether physical or visionary.

Those who are truly creative know very well that imagination has in it something that is more than the individual. One cannot say that the poem or painting or music came from oneself, if it is at all successful; one did not will it: the creation seemed to will itself. This is important for us to understand if we wish to develop our imaginations. For the imagination to flower we must suspend our willing and allow something new to arise from beyond our conscious identity”.

(from Re-Imagining The Buddha, published on Sangharakshita’s website)
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Sangharakshita’s Diary, April 2012

By lokabandhu on Tue, 1 May, 2012 - 05:53

Sangharakshita’s Diary, April 2012

By lokabandhu on Tue, 1 May, 2012 - 05:53Vidyaruchi, Sangharakshita’s secretary, sends us his monthly update on Sangharakshita’s health and activities, saying -

“For the first two weeks of April Bhante had a break from seeing visitors - the first such break that I have known him take. For the first week of this he was without his usual secretarial support, as I was away in Norfolk. Bhante was not idle, however, and by the time I returned he had finished the eighth instalment of ‘Reveries and...
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Sangharakshita's Diary, March 2012

By lokabandhu on Sat, 31 Mar, 2012 - 05:57

Sangharakshita's Diary, March 2012

By lokabandhu on Sat, 31 Mar, 2012 - 05:57Vidyaruci, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his usual update on highlights from the past month, saying - “Bhante’s daily routine remains constant through the change of season, with snowdrops and daffodils now embellishing his daily walk. He has felt a little more easily tired recently, for whatever reason, but has still had visitors most days, including a group of women from Colchester, and a mixed group from Tonbridge in the company of Suryaketu. Suvajra came with a Tibetan lama friend, now...
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Sangharakshita's Diary; February 2012

By lokabandhu on Sun, 11 Mar, 2012 - 05:38

Sangharakshita's Diary; February 2012

By lokabandhu on Sun, 11 Mar, 2012 - 05:38Vidyaruchi, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his monthly update on some of Sangharakshita’s activities over the last month, saying - “The end of January saw the completion of Bhante’s ‘Reveries and Reminiscences VII’, which indeed was the longest of the series so far, and on the subject of his five literary heroes. The other literary project of the moment is the checking of Living Wisely, which, like Living Ethically before it, is based on transcripts of a seminar Bhante conducted...
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Sangharakshita's Diary, January 2012

By lokabandhu on Fri, 3 Feb, 2012 - 05:57

Sangharakshita's Diary, January 2012

By lokabandhu on Fri, 3 Feb, 2012 - 05:57Vidyaruchi, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his usual update on some of Sangharakshita’s activities over the past month, saying - “As befits the time of the year it has been a quiet month for Bhante, with what may be the last Christmas he spends at Madhyamaloka marked, as usual, only by a meal with the community and a few guests followed by a chat round the log fire. This year there has been no snowy weather to preclude his walks in...

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