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Dharmabyte: Embodying Compassion in the World

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 10 Jul, 2018 - 14:54

How do we have a creative response to suffering, without either getting overwhelmed or turning away? This FBA Dharmabyte, ‘Embodying Compassion in the World’, illustrates the keep kindness of the Buddha with the story of Kisagotami.

In this talk, given on a work retreat at Taraloka, Maitrisiddhi describes the Bodhisattva Ideal with the myth of Avalokitesvara. She explores the crucial interrelationship between keeping our own personal practice and inspiration at our hearts and...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Worldly and Unworldly Vedana

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 11 May, 2018 - 15:00

This FBA Dharmabyte is on Worldly and Unworldly Vedana from a series of talks on the Satipatthana: A Path to Insight.

This talk is clear, engaging and impassioned. In this full exploration of how to apply mindfulness practice in meditation and our lives, Prasadavati’s depth of lived experience and love of satipatthana shines through. This series was given on an intensive meditation retreat at Taraloka for women who have asked...

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Dharmabyte: Working at Your Own Pace

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 9 May, 2018 - 15:45

This FBA Dharmabyte, ’Working at Your Own Pace’ brings to life Viveka’s fresh and vibrant take on the traditional practice of anapanasati - mindfulness with breathing.

Using the breath as a stabilizing presence, this series of meditations (including two fully-guided practices) is designed to help us discover the nature of reality itself by encouraging us to notice what is actually happening each moment in a direct and open way. Anapanasati is a complete path to awakening...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

New Retreat Series from Taraloka: A Path to Insight

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 5 Feb, 2018 - 11:30

Prasadavati gives clear, engaging and impassioned talks taking us through the Satipatthana Sutta. In this full exploration of how to apply mindfulness practice in meditation and our lives, her depth of lived experience and love of Satipatthana shines through. Talks given on an intensive meditation retreat for women who have asked for ordination in 2017 in Taraloka.

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Ordination Training Centres Exploring Triratna @ 50 - Ordination Vows and the Great Gathering

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 29 Jan, 2018 - 17:13

2017 saw the celebrations of 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Community and 2018 sees the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Buddhist Order.  In this context in the Padmaloka Retreat Centre - which runs ordination training retreats for men - members of the Ordination Team gave talks on each of the 4 acceptance vows, recited during one’s public ordination ceremony.  These vows essentialise what it means to be an order member practising within the Triratna Buddhist Order.  The...

Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat, Day 6, Being Present

By yashobodhi on Thu, 27 Mar, 2014 - 13:27
On the last full day of the Tonglen order retreat, Saddhanandi talks about being present as a ground for deepening understanding and as an incentive to deepen our motivation.

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Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat day 5: Remembering the bodhichitta in everyday life

By yashobodhi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 14:59
This is a talk Yashobodhi gave on day five of the Order Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka. She talks about her personal connection to the tonglen practice and the seven point mind-training and about practising tonglen in the moment. She also addresses the issue of difficulties with people, tying it in with the mind-training slogan of ‘be grateful to everyone and everything’, as other people provide you with the opportunity to go beyond ego. After the talk Yashobodhi led the tonglen...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat, day 4: Tonglen for Others

By yashobodhi on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 14:26
On day four of the Spring Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka Saddhanandi talks about tonglen for others. She describes how the breath helps us to breathe in and turn towards what we usually ignore, resist or block to defend ourselves from the suffering we see in others. When we’re breathing out we’re offering something we usually protect or isolate for our own use. So on the out-breath we’re sharing our resources in response to the suffering we encounter in our lives.
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Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Introduction to Tonglen retreat

By yashobodhi on Sat, 22 Mar, 2014 - 14:35
Yesterday evening Saddhanandi introduced her vision for the retreat that will be held here at Taraloka over the next week. The topic is a meditation practice called tonglen, which is a Tibetan word for receiving and sending. In this practice the breath is used to connect to one’s heart wish for the happiness of all beings.

Some highlights: Saddhanandi tells us what happened after she had been reading Doris Lessing’s novel ‘The Marriages between zones three, four and five’...