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Eight Verses for Training the Mind - A Series from the International Council 2018

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio to Community Highlights on Fri, 16 Feb, 2018 - 19:11

As part of the 2018 International Council we’re studying the mind training verses. We’ll be adding more each day (as the rural internet allows!).

First up we have Dhammarati’s excellent overview of the text, followed by Saddhaloka’s look at the first two verses. We then have Ratnadharini’s inspiring, down-to-earth consideration at verses 4-6. Parami explores the final 2 verses for us in the light of Bodhicitta practice and tonglen. And the series is rounded off by Viveka looking at the final verse as a...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Remembering the Bodhichitta In Everyday Life

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 7 Apr, 2014 - 15:06

FBA Podcast: Remembering the Bodhichitta In Everyday Life

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 7 Apr, 2014 - 15:06Our FBA Podcast this week, “Remembering the Bodhichitta In Everyday Life,” is a talk from the recent Tonglen Retreat for Triratna Order Members by Yashobodhi. In this dynamic talk, Yashobodhi shares her personal connection to the tonglen practice, the seven point mind training and about practising tonglen in each moment.

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Introduction to Tonglen Retreat

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 2 Apr, 2014 - 21:26
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte “Introduction to Tonglen Retreat” Saddhanandi beautifully and skilfully presents her vision for the Tonglen retreat held in March 2014 at Taraloka. We’ve been posting all week from this Triratna Order Retreat and are pleased to share this ‘offering to the world’.

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Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat, Day 6, Being Present

Posted by yashobodhi to Taraloka Retreat Centre 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: Thursday

Posted by Saddhanandi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30

Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

Posted by Saddhanandi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30It’s hard to believe it’s the last full day of the retreat and that we’ll be coming out of silence very soon. It’s now a process of holding the retreat steady whilst we begin to meet the transition phase of ‘leaving’. Meanwhile, I’m trying to work out what I need to say at 11am.

I’ve been reflecting on an extract from one of Sangharakshita’s seminars: ‘A common misapprehension is to think of ‘Insight’ in abstract terms, but the ‘Truth...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat day 5: Remembering the bodhichitta in everyday life

Posted by yashobodhi to Taraloka Retreat Centre 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: Wednesday

Posted by Saddhanandi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 10:02

Tonglen Retreat: Wednesday

Posted by Saddhanandi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 10:02Bright clear blue skies, the earth covered in dew and the magnolia trees are just coming into blossom. It’s a beautiful spring morning and by 9am the solar panels are already heating up the hot water.

Many years ago, when I was manager of the Operations Team at Taraloka, I attended a small study retreat for women teachers. During those nine days we looked at the Four Foundation Yogas, or Mula Yogas, which form the basis of Tibetan spiritual...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat, day 4: Tonglen for Others

Posted by yashobodhi to Taraloka Retreat Centre 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

Tonglen Retreat: Tuesday

Posted by Saddhanandi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 06:54

Tonglen Retreat: Tuesday

Posted by Saddhanandi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 06:54The sky is heavy and grey with cloud, which is interesting as we’re in the middle phase of the retreat and it can be a time when people can hit more resistance, so it’s as if the sky is reflecting that back to us after the bright clear skies of yesterday.

The thankha of four-armed Avalokitesvara, hanging above the shrine, is reflecting back a different perspective and Ratnavandana drew this out in the readings in last night’s puja.

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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Tonglen Retreat Day 3 - Self-Tonglen Led Meditation

Posted by Centre Team to Buddhist Centre Features on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 17:17
A led meditation from Day Three of the 2014 Spring Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka.

Self-tonglen: First turning towards your own experience, then towards the unsatisfactory aspects and later to the joyful aspects. You end by simply being in a space of open awareness.

This meditation can also be downloaded at Free Buddhist Audio

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