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Buddhist Action

Direct Action Meditations and the Dharma

By Maitrisiddhi on Thu, 9 May, 2019 - 12:49

Direct Action Meditations and the Dharma

By Maitrisiddhi on Thu, 9 May, 2019 - 12:49

I’m passionate about the Dharma, including the wisdom perspective. I’m passionate about spreading the Dharma. As well as spending the last ten years of my life in service to Taraloka, I’ve also started up West Wales Buddhist Group, in Aberystwyth, where we’re growing a lively sangha. I’m passionate about Maitreya, my yidam - Bodhisattva of Metta and Buddha of the Future - who meditates at the city gates, in the middle of the world, not in a quiet cave somewhere....

Triratna Women
Triratna Women

Interviewing Samata

By Dharmaprabha on Thu, 7 Mar, 2019 - 12:30

Interviewing Samata

By Dharmaprabha on Thu, 7 Mar, 2019 - 12:30

Danasamudra writes about her interview with Samata:

“In December last year I drove down to Tiratanaloka to interview Samata. She was staying there for several months before going on the three month retreat with Vijayamala and Vessantara. It was appropriate that I talked to her there because she was one of the women who brought Tiratanaloka, and all that it offers, into being.

Those of us who have joined the Movement and Order more recently have very little idea of how different things were...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Pujas with Altitude

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Feb, 2019 - 17:21

Pujas with Altitude

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Feb, 2019 - 17:21

Here’s an interesting initiative: Pujas with Altitude! It’s a chance to climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in the UK, take part in three pujas - on lake, hill and ancient woodland - as well as raise money for Taraloka, in particular, to help build an ‘Earth-Sky’ Garden.

Animisha is one person who has accepted this challenge! She writes: “Taraloka has been an important retreat centre for women to be able to come together to practice.  It...

Tiratanaloka
Tiratanaloka

The Great Gathering - A Greater Love: Maha Maitri

By vajratara on Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 16:31

The Great Gathering - A Greater Love: Maha Maitri

By vajratara on Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 16:31

@ Taraloka 7th-10th June

This long weekend is a celebration of our community and its unique emphasis on the practice of friendship as a path. There has not been such a Great Gathering for many years and the team, drawn from Tiratanaloka, Taraloka and Buddhafield look forward to welcoming you - women who have requested ordination and dharmacharinis - to gather at Taraloka for rituals, chanting, talks, discussion, meditation, workshops and the pleasure of each other’s company. We are expecting large numbers...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Looking back on Buddhist Action Month 2017

By Charlotte Lawes on Tue, 4 Jul, 2017 - 13:20

Looking back on Buddhist Action Month 2017

By Charlotte Lawes on Tue, 4 Jul, 2017 - 13:20

This June saw another successful Buddhist Action Month (BAM) unfold. We take a look at what it was all about and how the Triratna Buddhist Community around the world took part.

So what is BAM?

Mokshini writes

“At the heart of Triratna is the Bodhisattva Ideal – the aspiration and heartfelt wish to benefit others and the commitment to act in ways that help all beings to thrive. Buddhist Action Month is an opportunity to reach out and engage with friends or local communities in ways that...

Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities
Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

By Nandavajra on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 14:15

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

By Nandavajra on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 14:15

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

Two roles – FINANCE and HOUSEKEEPING

Taraloka offers a unique context for women to live a full-time Dharma life, for being of service to others and for personal and collective transformation.

We’re looking for TWO new members of the Operations Team to start work in January 2018. The Operations Team collectively hold responsibility for the practical running and support of the retreat centre for example cooking, cleaning and support behind the scenes. As...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

Learning to ride a bike at 40!

By Momtaz on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 12:24

Learning to ride a bike at 40!

By Momtaz on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 12:24

Written by Momtaz

Nearly everyone assumes that I would know how to ride a bike.  I probably would, if I had grown up with bikes, but I have never had one - although I must admit as I child I did want a bike and I did want to learn how to ride one.  However, as an adult it has never been an essential and I have been perfectly happy to walk whenever I can.  Even after I got my first car...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

COMPLETELY VEGAN CAKES

By Momtaz on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 12:13

COMPLETELY VEGAN CAKES

By Momtaz on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 12:13

Its a common misconception that eggs are central when baking cakes, and that vegan cakes are dry and tasteless. But this isn’t true! You can make delicious cakes that are totally vegan without compromising on taste and texture. For the recent Taraloka open afternoon Momtaz and I spent the day baking vegan cakes, to show visitors how wonderful vegan cakes can be.

Momtaz baked a ‘Luscious Lemon and Poppy Seed’ cake; ingredients were vegan margarine, brown sugar, lemons, soya milk, flour, baking powder and...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

OPENING TARALOKA'S DOORS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY NEAR AND FAR!

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 15:57

OPENING TARALOKA'S DOORS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY NEAR AND FAR!

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 15:57

TARALOKA OPEN AFTERNOON - JUNE 2017  Written by Trish Sykes

Sunday 11th June dawned with strong winds and dark, forbidding clouds. This ensured that, at every available moment, several community members headed to their computers to check the weather forecast. Some sound bites of the conversations that morning were:”40% chance of rain at 1300 hours”; “Oh - my search said no rain until 1400”; “Noooo! That’s just in time for my Tai Chi session on the lawn!”; “My...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

Using Taraloka Resources: Elderflower

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 14:44

Using Taraloka Resources: Elderflower

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 14:44

Our wonderful gardener (as well as Retreat Leader) Suchitta manages the Gardens, not only beautifully, but also resourcefully. At the back of the community she is growing potatoes, garlic and rhubarb, and near the Retreat centre shrine room grows Elderflower. For the Open afternoon Momtaz and I made some Elderflower cordial to share some of the resources from the Taraloka Gardens.

Elderflower cordial is very easy to make and has a sweet and refreshingly cool taste. We gathered about 40 elderflower heads, thinly...

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