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The Tara Cabin rises once again!

By Charlotte Lawes on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 13:57

The Tara Cabin rises once again!

By Charlotte Lawes on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 13:57

We’re delighted to hear that Taraloka has just held its Dedication Ceremony for the new Tara Cabin.

Here’s an extract from their blog post, and you can also listen to the Dedication Ceremony on Free Buddhist Audio.

“On 1st February we held a dedication ceremony for the new Tara Cabin. We invited Taraloka’s local regular volunteers - some of our extended family as one community member put it. We also invited Craig our builder, who has spent months creating this beautiful space.

The original...

Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

GREEN GYM SOLSTICE FUN

By Momtaz on Thu, 30 Jun, 2016 - 11:57

GREEN GYM SOLSTICE FUN

By Momtaz on Thu, 30 Jun, 2016 - 11:57

WRITTEN BY MOMTAZ

PHOTOS BY LISA LENS

Trying to stay fit at a Retreat Centre, believe it or not, has it challenges!  Before I moved to Taraloka, I would walk to most places; to work, to the shops, to the Buddhist centre, etc. I used to attend several gym classes a week prior to yoga became my main form of body movement.  I do prefer exercising in a group rather than on my own, though,...

Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

Dishing the Dirt

By Momtaz on Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 - 12:15

Dishing the Dirt

By Momtaz on Mon, 27 Jun, 2016 - 12:15

BAM! It all starts here… for the gardens at Taraloka at least, with our COMPOST. I love it, and I love making it. So it’s time to dish the dirt. Let’s start big, with some facts about soil and our planet.

1) It can take about 1,000 years to make just a couple of centimetres of soil.

2) The human population is rising globally, and almost all of the new growth is being housed in towns and cities that, by definition, are...

Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

DIARY OF A WEEK WITHOUT EVENING ACCESS TO THE INTERNET

By Momtaz on Sun, 19 Jun, 2016 - 17:09

DIARY OF A WEEK WITHOUT EVENING ACCESS TO THE INTERNET

By Momtaz on Sun, 19 Jun, 2016 - 17:09

BY TRISH SYKES AT TARALOKA

So, here we are, Wednesday June 8th 2016, and the first day of Taraloka’s ‘Week without Internet between 6pm and 8.30am’ which we are undertaking as part of our BAM activities.

I was asked to write a diary of my experiences as I seemed to be one of two or three community members who - erm - shall I say didn’t ‘relish’ the prospect of no evening internet - the other two...

Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

Metta for the oceans, supermarkets and shoppers! John West unsustainable fishing protest

By Momtaz on Fri, 10 Jun, 2016 - 17:56

Metta for the oceans, supermarkets and shoppers! John West unsustainable fishing protest

By Momtaz on Fri, 10 Jun, 2016 - 17:56

Metta for the oceans, supermarkets and shoppers! John West unsustainable fishing protest at Sainsbury’s

Text: Maitrisiddhi

Photos: Lisa Lens

It was a hot muggy Tuesday 7th of June.  At a quarter to five, we were crowded round the table in the dark Taraloka community kitchen.  You’d’ve thought we were preparing a bank heist.  A pencilled sketch map of the front of Sainsbury’s supermarket in Whitchurch was spread out in front of us.  I’d cased the joint the night before.

‘So we’ll put ourselves there – next to the...

Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

Triratna Young Buddhist Retreats 2016

By Prajnaketu on Mon, 1 Feb, 2016 - 14:55

Early 2016 is brimming with ways to connect with other young people in the Dharma with events for Sub25s, young men, young women, and all. Bring your friends and make new ones!

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

Taraloka Recruiting!

By mokshini on Fri, 8 Jan, 2016 - 16:50

Taraloka Recruiting!

By mokshini on Fri, 8 Jan, 2016 - 16:50

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

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

We are offering an exciting opportunity to be part of a fantastic team of women running the retreat centre.  We are recruiting two posts – Kitchen Manager and Maintenance and they will be for a year in the first instance.   

You will need to be an Order Member or GFR Mitra with a full, manual UK driving licence. ...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

At the Close of the First Full Day

By Karunagita on Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 - 15:04

At the Close of the First Full Day

By Karunagita on Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 - 15:04

It is a privilege to be able to support mothers on a retreat and inspiring to see how much impact a relatively short space of time in a place such as Taraloka can have. There is a huge amount of appreciation and the atmosphere on the retreat was warm and friendly from the Friday evening, as mothers connected easily with each other.

This afternoon people met in smaller groups to discuss whatever was arising for them at the time. One...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Taraloka: Our process of trying to move towards Sustainable Energy

By Momtaz on Mon, 29 Jun, 2015 - 13:24

Taraloka: Our process of trying to move towards Sustainable Energy

By Momtaz on Mon, 29 Jun, 2015 - 13:24

Sharing with you Taraloka’s action on Sustainable Energy: Written by Maitrisiddhi

Up till 2010, Taraloka was heated by oil – non-renewable fossil fuel pumped out of the ground thousands of miles away, with all the effects on the environment when burnt, and sea spillage risks en route.  Now, Taraloka is heated by biomass boilers, supplied from sustainable Welsh and English forestry. 

When I moved here, in 2009, plans were already afoot to try to improve Taraloka’s carbon footprint.  Care for the environment and trying...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

TRANSFORMING WORLD AND SELF - Tara and the Tears of Avalokitesvara

By Momtaz on Fri, 29 May, 2015 - 17:28

TRANSFORMING WORLD AND SELF - Tara and the Tears of Avalokitesvara

By Momtaz on Fri, 29 May, 2015 - 17:28

At Taraloka Women’s Retreat Centre 12th - 19th June

http://www.taraloka.org.uk/retreat-information/available-retreats/taraloka-retreat-calendar/transforming-world-and-self-tara-and-the-tears-of-avalokitesvara

Avalokitesvara weeps for the sufferings of the world and from his tears Tara is born.This retreat will have the mythic theme of Green Tara, who has one hand extended in a gesture of infinite giving, and with one leg steps down into the world to go to the aid of living beings. She is also much associated in our minds with the green of nature .

On this retreat we will look at the...

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