By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 - 17:38
Join Mitrananda and Ratnadeva for study of these earliest Buddhist scriptures, exploring what message they might have for us in these unprecedented and uncertain times. We will start each session with a brief period of Pali chanting and meditation before we read and reflect on a sutta.
Session 7 – October 24, 4-5.30pm (UK)
Many of you will have experienced how, instead of seeing things objectively, a profusion of ideas may arise in the mind which obscures our ability to see things...
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 October, Vajrasana Retreat Centre, UK
Led by Suryagupta and Bodhilila
A weekend for people of colour to come together to meditate and be inspired by the Buddha’s teaching in the spacious Suffolk countryside. During this weekend there will be talks, discussion, meditation, music and ritual. This retreat is suitable for those who are completely new to Buddhism and meditation as well as those who have been practising for some time. ...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 14 Sep, 2021 - 14:43
This online retreat will begin at 7pm on Sunday 26 September 7pm and finish at 5.30pm on Saturday 2 October. Led by Paramananda and Bodhilila.
‘Looking after oneself, one looks after others; looking after others, one looks after oneself’ – the Buddha
About this online retreat
The Buddha often said that he meditated out of compassion for all living beings (not just for enjoyment or for personal and spiritual development as many of us may do). In the zen tradition the aim of practice is to equip...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Thu, 2 Sep, 2021 - 14:03
Sunday 12 September, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Join us for a rich day of celebration and inspiration, as we explore the fierce compassion of Padmasambhava. With a talk, “A Messenger to Invoke the Guru’s Heart Stream” from Padmavajra.
Padmasambhava is an important figure in Buddhism. He is regarded in Tibet as a second Buddha. His fierce compassion and his many teachings inspire our practice of the Dharma and advise us how to lead a meaningful life. Padmasambhava shows us the way to transform energy so it flows freely...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Mon, 19 Jul, 2021 - 16:00
This online retreat runs from Sunday 25 July at 7pm and runs till Sunday 31 July at 5.30pm
Mandalas are cross cultural symbols of the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm of the human psyche. Helping us to understand, on the deepest level, our place in the universe. Within Buddhism they are used as an aid to meditation and contemplation.
On this retreat we will be imagining our own bodies as a mandala with our hearts as the central organising principle around which...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:48
This course runs over six Wednesdays 16 June to 21 July, 7-9pm
The Buddha has presented us with an inspiring path to liberation. The key stages on the journey are characterised by a progressive chain of positive mental states, such as bliss and serenity. Given the right conditions, each stage unfolds naturally from the previous, taking one closer to a realisation of how things really are and ultimately to liberation.
Over the six weeks of this course we will explore this inspiring trajectory through...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:45
This course will run on six Tuesdays 22 June to 3 August (*no class on Tuesday 13 July), 7-9.15pm.
Looking for a clear overview of essential teachings and practices at the heart of Buddhism? Join us for this course on key aspects of the Buddhist tradition that offer a path to greater freedom and confidence in the face of these unprecedented and uncertain times. We explore how to apply the teachings in your day-to-day life.
Classes will include a mixture of discussion, presentation and...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:36
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.’
Join Bodhilila and Prajnanita as we boldly explore the world of Amoghasiddhi, the archetypal Buddha of action and fearlessness. His name means, ‘Unobstructed Success’ and he is particularly associated with integration and the union of opposites. On this retreat we will find out how the Buddha worked with anxiety and fear while also being inspired and...
By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Mon, 26 Apr, 2021 - 12:02
Here, reciting his poem ‘Perhaps’, Paramananda extends an invitation to the sangha:
“Come and join Bodhilila and myself for our online retreat, Our Breathing Body starting on 2 May. This will be an opportunity to explore how the breath can help us open our minds and our hearts to the world.”