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Tonglen Retreat: Sunday

By Saddhanandi on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 13:06

Tonglen Retreat: Sunday

By Saddhanandi on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 13:06The day started with two meditations, held within the silence of early morning - dawn rises quietly in front of the large shrine room windows at Taraloka.

At 11am, I focused on the teaching of the Absolute Bodhicitta. In Tonglen it is sometimes called the stage of ‘Flashing Bodhicitta’. It’s taken me a few years to relate to this aspect of the practice as I’m such a practical sort-of-girl and I need things to be concrete and tangible! But...
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’...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat: Saturday

By Saddhanandi on Sat, 22 Mar, 2014 - 06:54

Tonglen Retreat: Saturday

By Saddhanandi on Sat, 22 Mar, 2014 - 06:54After more than a week of unseasonably warm weather, the temperature in the western region of the UK is beginning to drop again, with rain and wind, and even flakes of snow falling right now! Meanwhile, the landscape is showing the full signs of spring, with bright yellow daffodils and dark blue hyacinths scattering their colour – fabulous! It’s like a yearly miracle!

Today is the first day of the retreat and this is often a more complex...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Announcement of the Tonglen Retreat

By Saddhanandi on Fri, 21 Mar, 2014 - 14:44

Announcement of the Tonglen Retreat

By Saddhanandi on Fri, 21 Mar, 2014 - 14:44*Updated*: Click here for the latest from the retreat. Click + follow above to get notifications of new posts.

Today 24 Dharmacharinis will gather at Taraloka for a retreat on Tonglen.

Led by Saddhanandi, and supported by Ratnavandana, Yashobodhi and Vajramudita.

It will be a week of intensive meditation practice, taking place mainly in silence, and dedicated as an offering to the world and to alleviating suffering.

The retreat will be based around Tonglen...
Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dayanandi Reflects on "The Symbolism of Tara"

By Rijupatha on Thu, 26 Sep, 2013 - 17:09

Dayanandi Reflects on "The Symbolism of Tara"

By Rijupatha on Thu, 26 Sep, 2013 - 17:09We recently reported that an old cassette copy of Dayanandi’s talk “The Symbolism of Tara,” one of the many talks not yet digitized and online at Free Buddhist Audio, was discovered by a mitra at Dharmagiri Retreat Centre in Sweden. The audio includes a talk and a beautiful invocation given at Taraloka - important both as a historic record of Taraloka and as one of the earliest talks given by a female Order member. Realizing it was...
Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities
Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

By lokabandhu on Mon, 23 Sep, 2013 - 13:48

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

By lokabandhu on Mon, 23 Sep, 2013 - 13:48Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the thriving Taraloka community! We are looking for a female GFR Mitra or Order Member to work as part of the Taraloka Operations Team. You will participate in the team’s shared practical work as well as managing your own key work area.

You would need to be able to work full time, be physically fit and have a strong desire to...
Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dayanandi's Talk "The Symbolism of Tara" Digitized by Volunteers

By Rijupatha on Wed, 21 Aug, 2013 - 17:42
Happy news for the Dharmachackra Archive! An old cassette copy of Dayanandi’s talk “The Symbolism of Tara,” one of the many talks not yet digitized and online at Free Buddhist Audio, was discovered by a mitra at Dharmagiri Retreat Centre in Sweden. Realizing it was not yet online, he teamed up with Michael Meinild Nielsen to digitize the audio for the archive and sent it to us.

The audio includes a talk and a beautiful invocation given at Taraloka...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Ratnasuri's 90th birthday booklaunch

By Munisha on Fri, 21 Jun, 2013 - 09:39

Ratnasuri's 90th birthday booklaunch

By Munisha on Fri, 21 Jun, 2013 - 09:39At 90, Ratnasuri is far and away the oldest and most distinguished member of the resident community at Taraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre for Women, in Shropshire, UK.

To mark her 90th birthday, her friends published a book of her poetry, Shoes Full of Butterflies, which was launched at the recent UK and Ireland Area Order Weekend for Women, held at Taraloka earlier this month.

In this 20-minute video from Clear Vision, Varasahaya...
Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities
Triratna Jobs, Volunteering and Communities

Calling all women! Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

By lokabandhu on Wed, 16 Jan, 2013 - 12:27

Calling all women! Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

By lokabandhu on Wed, 16 Jan, 2013 - 12:27An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the thriving Taraloka community! It’s based at Taraloka, Triratna’s womens’ retreat centre in Shropshire, UK. We are looking for a Mitra who has asked for ordination or Order Member to work as part of the Taraloka Operations Team; you will participate in the team’s shared practical work as well as managing your own work area, either bookings and administration or catering. You would need to be able to work full...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna International Retreat coming up soon: five reasons not to miss it!

By lokabandhu on Fri, 4 May, 2012 - 05:59

Triratna International Retreat coming up soon: five reasons not to miss it!

By lokabandhu on Fri, 4 May, 2012 - 05:59Vajragupta writes from Triratna’s Development Team to remind everyone of the upcoming Triratna International Retreat - starting four weeks today - and to give us five reasons not to miss it! They are…

1) It is the only big event for both the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community in the UK. It is a unique gathering, open to everyone, from those newest to our community right through to some of our most experienced Order members teaching...

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