In a London basement, fifty-one years ago a new Buddhist Movement was forged. Founded on the active principle behind an often empty ritual of ‘Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels’, this Movement has become a dynamic worldwide community of Buddhist practitioners. Just how did Sangharakshita, through the Triratna Community and Order, transform the recitation of the words ‘I go for Refuge…’ into a path of deeper meaning and purpose? Bodhidasa borrows symbols from Western Magickal traditions...
From trees to tulips to teams: the second episode of TBCO ‘audio magazine’ is now online!
It includes some of the highlights from the past six months: we hear about a land project in Hawaii, the revival of the Urgyen tulip, what’s going on ‘Down Under’, what it’s like working on an online Buddhist team and much more besides!
Buddhist Action Month is also happening at the Sydney Buddhist Centre where there is an ongoing impressive engagement with environmental concerns and climate change matters - part of their practice is helping to #StopAdani - the Australian government’s support for a coal mine at the expense of funding renewables.
This year for Buddhist Action Month 2017, we are making five special suggestion for a BAM action: Number #1 is DIVESTMENT. If you don’t know much about divestment, then here is your chance to find out, and more to the point, we can join in!
Tejopala has written a very helpful short intro to divestment explaining what it is and how you and your Centre can join it - see his “fossil fuel divestment for BAM guide”.
To celebrate the 125 Jayanti (birthday) of Dr B. R. Ambedkar and the incredible achievements of his life, the Sydney Buddhist Centre’s Young Triratna group and a number of committed members of the Sydney Order (many of whom were recently ordained in India) hosted a special evening of reflection and celebration of this remarkable man.
This short video gives some of the many highlights of an evening rejoicing in the man who, among his many achievements, helped re-establishe Buddhism in the country of...
“In fact we may say that the creative mind at its highest level is freedom itself…” Sangharakshita
On this retreat we will begin to get a sense of what the creative mind truly is. Creative mind is not about being an artist or having any special ‘talent’. It’s about finding freedom from the mechanical and habitual nature of the reactive mind, about questioning and moving beyond the usual. The process begins with the simple application of awareness. ...
Buddhism has at its core the goal of freedom. Many of us would like to be more authentically ourselves, but the ideal of complete freedom can bring with it a sense of fear: fear of the unknown, of our own unknown potential, standing out from the crowd or challenging the status quo.
On this retreat we will work together to lighten these fears and explore new possibilities. We will delve into meditation practices that help unearth our hidden strengths.