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Sounds From Triratna50 At Aryaloka, USA

By shraddhavani on Wed, 12 Apr, 2017 - 17:23

Some great sounds from a day celebrating Triratna at Aryaloka on the north-east coast of the USA. Bettye Pruitt from Portsmouth Buddhist Center interviews Dharmasuri, Chair of Nagaloka, the Triratna Center in Portland, Maine, about her travels in traditional Buddhist countries. Shaun Bartone leads the singing of the song is “I Became Awake” by Canadian folk singer Tony Dekker of the band Great Lake Swimmers. And then we get a longer harmonized chanting...

Tiratanaloka
Tiratanaloka

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the poetic truth of the imagination

By vajratara on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 22:08

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the poetic truth of the imagination

By vajratara on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 22:08

It’s 60 years since the publication of ‘The Survey’.  To celebrate, here is today’s quote:

As so often happens in the Mahāyāna sūtras, we find ourselves in this passage in a purely spiritual world which transcends thought and speech.  Words are used not conceptually but symbolically, and their truth is not the scientific truth of the intellect, but the poetic truth of the imagination.  We are in the realm of the spiritually positive, a world glowing with colour and flashing with light.  Ch1.9

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Exeter Triratna Group
Exeter Triratna Group

Exeter Sangha outing to the Bristol Buddhist Centre to celebrate Triratna's 50th

By mokshini on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 09:11

Exeter Sangha outing to the Bristol Buddhist Centre to celebrate Triratna's 50th

By mokshini on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 09:11

A group of us from Exeter and Devon travelled up to the Bristol Buddhist Centre on Saturday 8th April to join in with their celebrations. It was a lovely day and I personally really enjoyed being warmly welcomed by a larger sangha

As part of the day we listened to four short talks on one of Sangharakshita’s poems, Four Gifts: 

I come to you with four gifts. 

The first gift is a lotus flower. 

Do you understand?

My second gift is a golden net. 

Can you recognise it? 

My third gift is a shepherd’s round dance. 

Do your...

Tiratanaloka
Tiratanaloka

Extra quote from 'The Survey'! Latent in every sphere of consciousness...

By vajratara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 22:16

Extra quote from 'The Survey'! Latent in every sphere of consciousness...

By vajratara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 22:16

By popular (well, it’s Padmavavyuha’s favourite!) request, I’m giving an extra quote today, this time from Lama Govinda.

The quality of enlightenment is inherent in the universe, or more correctly, latent in every sphere of consciousness, and therefore must come to maturity, according to universal law, whenever the conditions are favourable. Ch1.5

Read more about this project… ...

Tiratanaloka
Tiratanaloka

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the heartbeat of Buddhism

By vajratara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 16:26

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the heartbeat of Buddhism

By vajratara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 16:26

It’s 60 years since the publication of ‘The Survey’.  To celebrate, here is today’s quote: 

Be the traditional Buddhist cosmology a sober statement of scientifically verifiable fact, or a delirious flight of poetic imagination, it reflects on its own level a law whose operation is as the heartbeat of Buddhism, the law that when the conditions for the production of phenomenon - from the falling of a leaf to the birth of a Buddha - are present, the effect will inevitably follow. Ch1.5

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Triratna@50
Triratna@50

Triratna50 In The North!

By sanghadhara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 15:40

Sanghadhara at the UK Northern region event in Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of Triratna as a Buddhist community. Talking to Dharmamayi and Moksatara (Padmasagara couldn’t make it!). Catching up on highlights from the day, and reflecting on what it’s like as younger Order members to hear stories from “the old days”.

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Tiratanaloka
Tiratanaloka

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the attainment of Enlightenment

By vajratara on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 21:49

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the attainment of Enlightenment

By vajratara on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 21:49

Not only is it the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Buddhist Community, it is also the 60th anniversary of the first publication of ‘A Survey of Buddhism’, Sangharakshita’s seminal introduction (a rather weighty one) to Buddhism: ‘its doctrines and methods through the ages’.  This book is studied by those training for ordination on ‘The Transcendental Principle’ retreat.  Tiratanaloka are running that retreat right now, and to celebrate both anniversaries we will be giving you a quote each day.  So for...

Triratna@50
Triratna@50

Celebrating at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 15:24

Celebrating at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 15:24

It was gloriously sunny spring weekend here in the Herefordshire countryside and around 50 guests, many of them local sangha members, came to join the Adhisthana community in their local celebration of Triratna’s first 50 years.

Among various activities, it was moving and inspiring to hear Dhammarati interviewed by Parami about his life, intersected with some of his favourite music, emulating a...

Triratna@50
Triratna@50

The Beating heart - Dharmamayi

By sanghadhara on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 12:21

The Beating heart - Dharmamayi

By sanghadhara on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 12:21

Dharmamayi’s talk at the Triratna 50th Anniversary celebrations. Sheffield Buddhist Centre. 8 April 2017

Triratna@50
Triratna@50

Dharma on the doorstep - Moksatara

By sanghadhara on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 12:15

Dharma on the doorstep - Moksatara

By sanghadhara on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 12:15

Moksatara’s talk at the Triratna 50th Anniversary celebrations. Sheffield Buddhist Centre. 8 April 2017

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