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Dharmabyte: The Shape of Mind

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

As soon as we bring awareness to our mind states they change. Vidyamala speaks to the importance of allowing for growth and integration in our practice. She speaks of the twin pillars of awareness and love and how mindfulness can lead to a deeper and deeper sense of connection with all of life and how kindness is a natural expression of that.

From the talk entitled Citta - Fragments On Love, part of the series An...

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The Twelve Days of FBA (2020) - Day 9: 'Body Scan Including the Three Spheres and Diaphragms' by Vidyamala

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 3 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

The Twelve Days of FBA (2020) - Day 9: 'Body Scan Including the Three Spheres and Diaphragms' by Vidyamala

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 3 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

Today Laura Horwood-Benton, supporter and social media design consultant with the Dharmachakra team, spotlights a practice-based gem by Vidyamala, the founder of Breathworks: Body Scan Including the Three Spheres and Diaphragms

Vidyamala’s pioneering work in the field of mindfulness for chronic pain has helped transform many people’s lives. Speaking from personal experience, Laura shares how she has benefited from access to these kinds of practice resources. 

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Dharmabyte: Infinite Spaces + Boundless Awareness

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

It is possible to move our sense of who we are, our stories are changeable. Vidyamala invites us into the world of myth, symbol and poetry to challenge our fixed sense of self.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a fluid sense of oneself? Responding to whatever arises with kindness, with love, with compassion, with infinite creative potential.

She finishes emphasising kindness with a wonderful quote from Patrul Rimpoche: “Have a good heart and act with kindness. There is no higher teaching.”

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Changing Practice in Times of Crisis - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 4

By kusaladevi on Mon, 6 Apr, 2020 - 12:36

Changing Practice in Times of Crisis - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 4

By kusaladevi on Mon, 6 Apr, 2020 - 12:36

In today’s reflection, Vajragupta suggests we review our practice so far and how we are getting on with Sailing the Worldly Winds. In times of adversity, I am often more able to honestly review my practice - how am I coping with the uncertainty? Based on my response to a crisis, I can often see more clearly which areas of my practice require attention and where I have set up positive conditions and responses within my mind. I...

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Dharmabyte: Mindfulness is Transformative

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 4 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

Here Vidyamala gives a rich and personal talk on the Citta section of the Satipatthana Sutta. She introduces the key aspects of this part of the Sutta and then speaks of the importance of allowing for growth and integration in our practice. She speaks of the twin pillars of awareness and love and how mindfulness can lead to a deeper and deeper sense of connection with all of life and how kindness is a natural expression of that....

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

As mindfulness has entered the mainstream of Western societies, one of the most striking developments is the popularity of mindfulness practice among British Members of Parliament and the connections they have made to public policy. Triratna has had a significant presence in this process.  Vishvapani, one of those involved, updates us on this work and writes:  “A few years ago, when these discussions started, I don’t think any of us imagined that their potential ramifications could be so far-reaching.” 

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Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now
Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now

Breathworks – a modern take on old truths. With Vidyamala and Sona

By Vidyamala on Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 11:15

Breathworks – a modern take on old truths. With Vidyamala and Sona

By Vidyamala on Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 11:15

What the world needs, and has always needed, are people dedicated to helping both themselves and others to overcome suffering. This is the essence of the Bodhisattva Ideal. With the ever-increasing population in the world there is more and more suffering, so there is an urgent need for us to extend an even larger hand of friendship to all beings.

We have our wonderful urban Buddhist and Retreat centres that help people find ways to deal with the fundamental problem of dukkha...

Exeter Triratna Group
Exeter Triratna Group

The Triratna Order

By mokshini on Sun, 23 Apr, 2017 - 06:52

The Triratna Order

By mokshini on Sun, 23 Apr, 2017 - 06:52

Here is Vidyamala, an order member who lives in Manchester, with her typically succinct and warm style, summing up why she likes being a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. 

You may know Vidyamala as the founder of Breathworks and she has also written a couple of very well-received books on Mindfulness including ’Living Well with Pain and Illness’ 

Triratna News
Triratna News

An online video retreat with Vidyamala

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

An online video retreat with Vidyamala

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

Vidyamala, founder of Breathworks, spent December running an online video retreat on the American Buddhist site, Tricycle.com. This set of four 20-minute talks isentitled ’Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts”. She writes:

“I started developing mindfulness courses for people with pain and illness way back in 2001, drawing on my own experience of coming to meditation with a spinal injury and wanting to offer advice for others in similar circumstances. Joined by Sona and Ratnaguna, we developed this to become the Community Interest (not-for-profit) Company...

Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

Vidyamala Burch on Opening to Pain with Mindfulness (Part II)

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 10 Mar, 2016 - 10:51

Vidyamala Burch on Opening to Pain with Mindfulness (Part II)

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 10 Mar, 2016 - 10:51

We return with the second half of an interview with Vidyamala Burch, the founder and co-director of Breathworks, an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and author of three books. Windhorse Publications features her newest title this month (Mindfulness for Women). You can listen to the full interview in a 40-minute audio file on Soundcloud.

Your new book Mindfulness for Women was just released. Can you talk a little bit about how women and men might need...

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