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Mindfulness in Society: Vishvapani’s Talks and Debates

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 1 Feb, 2019 - 10:42

Mindfulness in Society: Vishvapani’s Talks and Debates

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 1 Feb, 2019 - 10:42

Mindfulness practices are spreading across western societies, prompting widespread interest as well as challenges from Buddhists and critics. Behind these discussions is the question: can mindfulness be a force for change in society, and if so, what are the risks for Buddhism and for society?

Vishvapani is very involved in these discussions in the UK. He teaches mindfulness in Cardiff, is the Wales Director of The Mindfulness Initiative (an advocacy group that promotes mindfulness to policy makers)...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Sangharakshita remembered on BBC obituary programme Last Word

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 16:53

Sangharakshita remembered on BBC obituary programme Last Word

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 16:53

This morning Vishvapani was interviewed about Bhante by BBC Radio Four’s weekly obituary programme ‘Last Word’, broadcast this afternoon.

Listen anywhere in the world. Interview starts at 14”.

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Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Sangharakshita on BBC Radio 4's 'Sunday' programme

By Munisha on Mon, 5 Nov, 2018 - 13:59

Sangharakshita on BBC Radio 4's 'Sunday' programme

By Munisha on Mon, 5 Nov, 2018 - 13:59

On Sunday 4th November, BBC national radio marked Sangharakshita’s passing with an interview with Vishvapani on Radio Four’s weekly religious news programme, ‘Sunday’.

Listen to the interview, anywhere in the world. It starts at 12” 35’.

This coming Friday, Vishvapani will discuss Bhante’s life and work on BBC Radio Four’s obituary programme, ‘Last Word’.

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Triratna News

Vishvapani on 'Thought for the Day'

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 5 Sep, 2018 - 12:00

Vishvapani on 'Thought for the Day'

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 5 Sep, 2018 - 12:00

Vishvapani is the regular Buddhist contributor to Thought for the Day: a comment on the news from a faith perspective on the main BBC radio news programme.

Here are his recent talks: 

10.1.18 The Skill of Ethics
Education focuses more and more on learning skills. The Buddhist idea of ethics as skilfulness makes a link between ordinary skills and he rely of ethics and spiritual life.
Listen here.

1.5.18 1968:...

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.” 

Mindfulness...

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Triratna News

Vishvapani on the BBC

By Munisha on Thu, 9 Nov, 2017 - 15:09

Vishvapani on the BBC

By Munisha on Thu, 9 Nov, 2017 - 15:09

For a number of years, Vishvapani has been the regular Buddhist contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Four’s morning news programme, Today.

Here are his recent broadcasts, accessible anywhere in the world. His views on violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma/Myanmar may be of particular interest.

11th May 2017 Is Buddhism still relevant? (Buddha Day)
18th May 2017 Eating in moderation 
1st June 2017 If technology served Buddhist goals
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Triratna News
Triratna News

Vishvapani's recent BBC 'Thoughts'

By Munisha on Fri, 28 Apr, 2017 - 23:21

Vishvapani's recent BBC 'Thoughts'

By Munisha on Fri, 28 Apr, 2017 - 23:21

Vishvapani lives in Cardiff, Wales and is the regular Buddhist contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ slot on the morning news programme ’Today’. ‘Today’ has around seven million listeners. Here are his recent ‘Thoughts’:

Recalling the Buddha’s death: 15.02.2017 (Parinirvana Day) 
The dark side of Buddhist history: 18.01.2017 
Children’s mental health: the big perspective 11.01.2017 
Roald Dahl and the karma factory 14.09.2016 
Entering the anthropocene: how our minds shape...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Gautama Buddha goes audio

By Munisha on Tue, 15 Mar, 2016 - 13:28

Gautama Buddha goes audio

By Munisha on Tue, 15 Mar, 2016 - 13:28

Several years after its publication on paper, Vishvapani’s book Gautama Buddha: the Life and Teachings of the Awakened One is now available as an audiobook.

This new audio edition is produced by Dharma Audiobooks, a new venture from Triratna’s Jinamitra, better known as Nicholas Soames, founder of Naxos Audio. 
 
Published on paper by Quercus, Gautama Buddha is distributed by Triratna publishers Windhorse Publications, who recently interviewed Vishvapani about the...

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Triratna News

Mindfulness at the Welsh Assembly

By Munisha on Wed, 2 Dec, 2015 - 14:36

Mindfulness at the Welsh Assembly

By Munisha on Wed, 2 Dec, 2015 - 14:36

Following the launch of the Mindful Nation UK report in the UK Parliament in October, Vishvapani organised an event at the Welsh Assembly/Senedd in Cardiff, capital of Wales. He reports.

“The Mindful Nation UK report makes recommendations about the role mindfulness can play in several areas of government policy. However, in the UK powers for the key areas of Health and Education are devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so if these recommendations are to...

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Triratna News

“Mindful Nation” report is launched in UK Parliament

By Munisha on Wed, 28 Oct, 2015 - 11:50

“Mindful Nation” report is launched in UK Parliament

By Munisha on Wed, 28 Oct, 2015 - 11:50

Several Triratna Order members and mitras were at the UK parliament on Tuesday 20th October for the launch of the “Mindful Nation UK” report, along with members of parliament, government ministers and experts on mindfulness. Triratna has been well represented throughout the process, as Vishapani reports. Having been part of the team editing the report, he writes:

“The report is the work of the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) and the ...

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