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Taraloka declares an ecological emergency

From Buddhist Action on Tue, 29 Oct, 2019 - 13:14

Taraloka declares an ecological emergency

From Buddhist Action on Tue, 29 Oct, 2019 - 13:14

In October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report stated that without dramatic action we will not be able to limit global warming to a 1.5C increase. They state “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid and far-reaching changes… at an unprecedented scale.”

In 2019 the UN Biodiversity report estimated that around one million species “already face extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.”

It is clear from these reports that planet Earth is at present under severe ecological threat....

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Sadhu sisters. Very pleased to hear you have taken this step and I will be interested in anything you learn along the way.

love,

Saccanama

Tejopala's picture

Thank you! Very encouraging to see clarity and leadership on this going on in Triratna. 

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Thank you Taraloka! May the rest of the Movement follow your lead…
sahajatara's picture

Makes me so happy …Was so disappointing and crushing when the International Council didnt agree to our proposal that we become sustainable movement like the Quakers , perhaps this will create the change that we need in Triratna xxxxxxxxxx Love Sahajatara 

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Video links to various clips of Ratnasuri

Thu, 3 Oct, 2019 - 12:11

Video links to various clips of Ratnasuri

Thu, 3 Oct, 2019 - 12:11

A set of links to video clips of Ratnasuri talking about various aspects of her practice over the years.  

Ratnasuri on ordaining women - A clip from ‘Buddhist Women Speak on Ordination’ https://vimeo.com/358868155
Ratnasuri on becoming the first women’s Public Preceptor: https://vimeo.com/358805020
Ratnasuri on Dharma practice including attitudes to her death: https://vimeo.com/358863346
Ratnasuri on moving to Taraloka: https://vimeo.com/358788744
Ratnasuri on attitudes to money and time off: https://vimeo.com/358791961
Ratnasuri on aging in a retreat centre community: https://vimeo.com/358814092
Ratnasuri on her interests: https://vimeo.com/358819254
Ratnasuri on...

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Young Women's Weekend at Taraloka 5th-7th July

Tue, 4 Jun, 2019 - 11:19

Young Women's Weekend at Taraloka 5th-7th July

Tue, 4 Jun, 2019 - 11:19

Young Women’s Weekend: The Taste of Freedom

The self-development industry promotes self-confidence. Through practising the Dharma we become confident, but it’s confidence of a different kind. Join us as we explore faith, freedom and the source of true confidence. A precious opportunity for young women to practice together. (For women in their late teens, 20s and 30s)

Led by Moksatara, Sadayasihi and team

Cost: £60 booking fee plus suggested donations (taken at the end of the retreat) £95 (unwaged/in...

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The Great Gathering - A Greater Love: Maha Maitri

Sat, 27 Jan, 2018 - 15:07

The Great Gathering - A Greater Love: Maha Maitri

Sat, 27 Jan, 2018 - 15:07

Taraloka 7th-10th June

“If you take friendship seriously, you bring in, sooner or later, the whole of the Dharma.”  At the first Great Gathering for nearly ten years, come and celebrate Triratna’s unique emphasis on the practice of friendship as a path.

Our teacher Sangharakshita has said: “It is in friendship (maitri) that we may find the emotional equivalent of the intellectual understanding of the doctrine of ‘no self’”, and that if we were to really practise the first precept -...

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Ratnasuri Departs from Taraloka after 28 years

Wed, 16 Apr, 2014 - 14:29

Ratnasuri Departs from Taraloka after 28 years

Wed, 16 Apr, 2014 - 14:29Saddhanandi: Here I am, back at Taraloka after a two-week absence: visiting family, attending a two-day meeting on mindfulness at Adhisthana, and attending a meditation retreat at Rivendell. All these events were enjoyable and productive, but throughout I was very conscious of the fact that whilst I was away Ratnasuri was leaving Taraloka and beginning a new life in Wrexham – living alone for almost the first time in her 91 years.

Ratnasuri first moved to Taraloka in 1985...
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jvalamalini's picture
What a lovely post to mark this change and celebrate an amazing woman.
yashobodhi's picture
Yes, great stuff, Saddhanandi. Looking at the TBC site with some MCs.
Dassini's picture
Thanks for this lovely piece, Saddhanandi. Hard to imagine Taraloka community without Ratnasuri…
Abhayamaitri's picture
Lovely, Saddhanandi, thanks for posting. Go well Ratnasuri! Sending much metta xx
parami's picture
what a lovely post, Saddhanandi. Thank you. Funny to think of Taraloka without Ratnasuri.
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Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30

Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30It’s hard to believe it’s the last full day of the retreat and that we’ll be coming out of silence very soon. It’s now a process of holding the retreat steady whilst we begin to meet the transition phase of ‘leaving’. Meanwhile, I’m trying to work out what I need to say at 11am.

I’ve been reflecting on an extract from one of Sangharakshita’s seminars: ‘A common misapprehension is to think of ‘Insight’ in abstract terms, but the ‘Truth...
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Tonglen Retreat: Wednesday

Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 10:02

Tonglen Retreat: Wednesday

Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 10:02Bright clear blue skies, the earth covered in dew and the magnolia trees are just coming into blossom. It’s a beautiful spring morning and by 9am the solar panels are already heating up the hot water.

Many years ago, when I was manager of the Operations Team at Taraloka, I attended a small study retreat for women teachers. During those nine days we looked at the Four Foundation Yogas, or Mula Yogas, which form the basis of Tibetan spiritual...
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Tonglen Retreat: Tuesday

Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 06:54

Tonglen Retreat: Tuesday

Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 06:54The sky is heavy and grey with cloud, which is interesting as we’re in the middle phase of the retreat and it can be a time when people can hit more resistance, so it’s as if the sky is reflecting that back to us after the bright clear skies of yesterday.

The thankha of four-armed Avalokitesvara, hanging above the shrine, is reflecting back a different perspective and Ratnavandana drew this out in the readings in last night’s puja.

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Tonglen Retreat: Monday

Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 08:55

Tonglen Retreat: Monday

Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 08:55A bright hard frost this morning, after a clear starry night. The wind has dropped and it’s absolutely still.

At 11am, I’ll be presenting Tonglen in relation to ‘self’. I’ve been remembering a period of time when I was quite new to meditation, and how I had to face certain uncomfortable truths about myself: five hard years of going on retreat acknowledging what was really happening! But the work that I did on myself during those years has become...
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Tonglen Retreat: Sunday

Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 13:06

Tonglen Retreat: Sunday

Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 13:06The day started with two meditations, held within the silence of early morning - dawn rises quietly in front of the large shrine room windows at Taraloka.

At 11am, I focused on the teaching of the Absolute Bodhicitta. In Tonglen it is sometimes called the stage of ‘Flashing Bodhicitta’. It’s taken me a few years to relate to this aspect of the practice as I’m such a practical sort-of-girl and I need things to be concrete and tangible! But...
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