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SAVING WATER: HRIDAYAGITA

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 12:53

SAVING WATER: HRIDAYAGITA

By Momtaz on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 12:53

One of my pledges for BAM is to save water. We have 11 of us in the Taraloka community at the moment, and while not everyone showers or baths every day, we still use quite a large amount of water between us!

I decided to focus on the kitchen bathroom because it is a favourite bathroom for many: newly decorated last year; with the best shower pressure; and regularly used by six of us. It needed to be a simple idea...

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Buddhist Action

Vegan baking: Sourdough Bread

By Momtaz on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 16:41

Vegan baking: Sourdough Bread

By Momtaz on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 16:41

Written by Catherine Ward from the Norwich Sangha who is currently volunteering for 6 months at Taraloka:

Bread making is steeped in history with Sourdough being one of the earliest forms of bread, and very central to village and community life for our ancestors. For Taraloka also, Sourdough is one of the main staples, and its been one of my pleasures as a volunteer to bake bread for the community.

With the theme of BAM being ‘connecting for change’ I have been reflecting...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

BAM at Taraloka

By mokshini on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 06:52

BAM at Taraloka

By mokshini on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 06:52

Reposting a blog from Momtaz at Taraloka for BAM

A couple of weeks ago, we had a great BAM preparation community night where Maitrisiddhi talked about the trends of Engagement and Withdrawal as personified by Green Tara.  Then we did some writing reflection and came up with 5 personal pledges each to do during June.  These were to include both withdrawal and engagement pledges.

Here are a few examples of our pledges:

Kathy, Maitridevi and I are going strictly vegan for the month.   I have also decided...

Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

By Prajnaketu on Fri, 10 Mar, 2017 - 12:56

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

By Prajnaketu on Fri, 10 Mar, 2017 - 12:56

Interested in Living and Working at Taraloka?

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 are looking for female Order Members or GFR mitras for two roles: bookkeeping and finance and administration and bookings secretary. The closing date...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

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!

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