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Urban Retreat Starts Saturday!

By Candradasa on Sat, 21 Nov, 2015 - 01:20

Urban Retreat Starts Saturday!

By Candradasa on Sat, 21 Nov, 2015 - 01:20

The International Urban Retreat 2015 starts on Saturday for one week (it’s already underway in Australia and New Zealand)!

Online discussions, and the teaching materials, will only be available to those taking part - join now, it’s free! 

Listen to the introductory talk | Download the Urban Retreat program

Bristol Urban Retreat 2015

Starts tomorrow!

By jvalamalini on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 13:36

Starts tomorrow!

By jvalamalini on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 13:36

We’re almost ready for the retreat - look forward to seeing you tomorrow from 9.30m for a prompt start at 10am.

Please bring veggie or vegan lunch to share.

If you’ve registered for the day by joining this group, thanks!  If not - please do - so far our posts have been ‘public’ and visible to all; during the week they’ll just be visible to those on the retreat and in this group.

And also follow the international online retreat here.

If you don’t want...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Introductory Talk: Parami - Living In The Greater Mandala

By parami on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 12:15

Introductory Talk: Parami - Living In The Greater Mandala

By parami on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 12:15

Parami gives the introductory talk for the 2015 Triratna International Urban Retreat live in Adelaide, Australia. Her theme - and the theme of the whole retreat - is ‘Living in the Greater Mandala’, and she brings this alive in the most human, poetic, and inspired of ways.

Her range is broad as she evokes the mandala itself, and the profound, playful path of the Bodhisattva. Calling forth Rumi and Hafiz, the great Buddhist Perfection of Wisdom texts, Keats, Yeats, Robert...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Tips For A Successful Urban Retreat Online!

By Centre Team on Thu, 19 Nov, 2015 - 18:05

Tips For A Successful Urban Retreat Online!

By Centre Team on Thu, 19 Nov, 2015 - 18:05

Hi all, from the folk here at Dharmachakra. We’re the Right Livelihood team who provide The Buddhist Centre Online and Free Buddhist Audio, and who look after most Triratna social media spaces. Amongst other things!

We wanted to share a few notes about getting the best out of this online space as a support for your practice during the Urban Retreat. If you have any questions, please feel free to add to the comments here, or email us...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Sanghas wave hello from around the world

By Rijupatha on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 19:05

Sanghas wave hello from around the world

By Rijupatha on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 19:05

So many Triratna sanghas from every corner of the world are participating in this year’s Urban Retreat! You can see a gallery of everyone waving hello from their corner here…

Download the posters to print!

Please help keep...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

The Urban Retreat Programme

By mokshini on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 15:58

Here is a copy of the Full Retreat Programme for the  Fourth International Triratna Urban Retreat, 21- 28 Nov 2015

The theme is “Living in the Greater Mandala” - title taken from the book Wisdom beyond Words by Sangharakshita, a commentary on the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha sutra. 

The aim… is to bring an attitude of pure aesthetic appreciation to whatever circumstances that come our way

The Enlightenment of the Buddha was not a cold detached knowledge. He saw with warmth; he saw with feeling; what is more, he

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The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Resolve - Remind - Review

By mokshini on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 15:57

“Resolve - Remind - Review” is a practical toolkit for keeping your practice on course day-to-day, in the midst of a busy life. It is about creating the conditions that support practice. The handout explains what to do. 

You will see that there are also ”resolve” and “remind” sections on each page of the Urban Retreat Practice Diary: it helps you be clear what you resolve to do and how you’ll remind yourself to do it each day! 

Download the Program | Get...

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Resolve - Remind - Review (PDF)72.9 KB
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

The Urban Retreat 2015 Practice Diary

By mokshini on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 15:19

The Urban Retreat Diary 
On November 21, at the beginning of your Urban Retreat, we suggest you take the time to reflect on what you specifically want to practice during the coming week. What supportive conditions do you want to set up? What practices do you want to do? 

It really helps to make these aims as concrete as possible, and to write them down. Writing your practice aspirations down is an important ingredient of the event, and will help you implement your intentions.   

You can...

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Urban Retreat Diary 201524.89 KB
Bristol Urban Retreat 2015

Bristol Urban Retreat programme

By jvalamalini on Thu, 12 Nov, 2015 - 09:27

Programme of events at Bristol Buddhist Centre for the urban retreat week

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The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

The Greater Mandala - Chapter 1

By mokshini on Sat, 7 Nov, 2015 - 17:12

Here is the first chapter of Sangharakshita’s commentary on the ratnaguna-samcayagatha, the text on which this Urban Retreat is based. 

Don’t let the long title put you off! What it is all about is exploring how we can live a live with more appreciation, more spaciousness and engagement,  a greater eye for beauty, and developing a more non-utilitarian attitude to places and people around us. 

The chapter is taken from the following book written by Sangharakshita - if you want to read the whole text and...

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