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Free the Dharma - Tales of Freedom free eBook

By dhammamegha on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 08:28

Free the Dharma - Tales of Freedom free eBook

By dhammamegha on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 08:28

This week’s free eBook from Windhorse Publications is Tales of Freedom. You can download it here.

Its author, Vessantara, tackles how to work with our minds when the chips are down. Vessantara is one of Triratna’s most experienced retreat and meditation leaders. He is also a very good storyteller. He shows us that we can find freedom even when life isn’t easy or predictable. Freedom of the kind the Buddha taught is possible whatever your situation. Even when it’s extreme. Even in...

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Responding to the Burning World

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 21 Oct, 2019 - 13:19

In July 2019 Satyalila gave a series of three talks in Bristol - ‘Responding to the Burning World’. Each talk takes a classic Buddhist parable or sutta as its starting point - the Burning House, the Raincloud and the Two Arrows and explores how these Dharma teachings can help us to develop the resilience to respond creatively to the world as we find it today. 

Weaving poetry with classic Dharma teachings, each talk concludes with a brief exploration of six...

Dublin Buddhist Centre
Dublin Buddhist Centre

Talk by Vessantara: Padmasambhava Practice – a Personal Unfolding

By Vajrashura on Tue, 19 Jun, 2018 - 19:33

In this wonderful personal talk about Padmasambhava, Vessantara talks about his connection with the strange figure of Padmasambhava.

On the way, he gives an insight into what it’s like to relate to these Buddha and Bodhisattva figures deeply, and how we can do this.

And he explores the effects doing this can have on our mind, our heart and our Dharma lives.

Talk given in the Dublin Buddhist Centre on Tuesday 25th April 2017....

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Spiritual Receptivity Retreat With Vessantara (Adhisthana 2017) - Complete Retreat Recordings

By akasajoti on Mon, 30 Oct, 2017 - 14:21

In August 2017 at Adhisthana, Vessantara continued his exploration of our mandala of spiritual practice with a second, deeper look at Spiritual Receptivity. This retreat focused on Just Sitting, a practice in which we’re open to the whole of our experience which forms a vital balance to structured practice, and is also the centre of the meditative mandala, where everything culminates in an experience which Sangharakshita describes as ‘existential relaxation’.

In this series of sessions, Vessantara weaves input around guided...

Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

Vessantara on Simplicity, Abundance and Sharing

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 11 Jul, 2016 - 15:15

Vessantara on Simplicity, Abundance and Sharing

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 11 Jul, 2016 - 15:15

Buddhist Action Month may have ended, but the excellent talks that emerged from it continue in recorded form.  Hear Vessantara’s engaging talk given at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre as part of BAM.

Over the centuries, the Dharma has been practiced by people following many different lifestyles – from homeless wanderers to kings and queens in their palaces. If there isn’t one ‘Dharma lifestyle’ then what do all these different ways of living have in common, and how can they all...

Abhayaratna Trust
Abhayaratna Trust

'Standing shoulder to shoulder with one another' - an appeal from Vessantara

By The Abhayaratna... on Tue, 26 Apr, 2016 - 08:04

'Standing shoulder to shoulder with one another' - an appeal from Vessantara

By The Abhayaratna... on Tue, 26 Apr, 2016 - 08:04

‘The whole sense that Sangharakshita gave me of the Order was of something through which we were deeply involved with one another’s lives, were really standing shoulder to shoulder with one another, caring for one another not just spiritually but on all levels, and that’s really stayed with me. That spirit is still alive in the Order today, and I feel that The Abhayaratna Trust is one way we can really express it.’

 Vessantara

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Adhisthana
Adhisthana

Five spaces for men have become available on our Spiritual Rebirth retreat with Vessantara in two weeks time...

By akasajoti on Mon, 7 Sep, 2015 - 16:46

Five spaces for men have become available on our Spiritual Rebirth retreat with Vessantara in two weeks time...

By akasajoti on Mon, 7 Sep, 2015 - 16:46

This is the third meditation retreat led by Vessantara at Adhisthana circling round the mandala of spiritual practice. This time we come to spiritual rebirth. How can we deepen and strengthen our connection with Enlightenment, with our potential for limitless compassionate awareness beyond greed, hatred, and delusion, so that it then pervades all aspects of our Dharma life? We shall explore this through presentations from Vessantara, guided meditations, optional meditation reviews, ritual and puja, and with the support of several...

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