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Drawing Strength from our Sangha across the Globe

Mon, 15 Jun, 2020 - 11:35

Drawing Strength from our Sangha across the Globe

Mon, 15 Jun, 2020 - 11:35

Women practitioners report back on their situations and how they found Taraloka and Tiratanaloka’s ‘The Great Gathering’ online event. Inspiring!! - read what they’ve written here.

“I said yesterday to a dear friend, it is like there is for certain a new
atmosphere in the house. Because in my room there have been a
wonderful Puja. Like in the shrine room during a normal retreat
there can be a special energy. So it is now, a special space
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Uncontrived Mindfulness: turn your life into a retreat

Thu, 4 Jun, 2020 - 16:39

Uncontrived Mindfulness: turn your life into a retreat

Thu, 4 Jun, 2020 - 16:39

Uncontrived Mindfulness: turn your life into a retreat

27 June – 3 July

A Taraloka on-line meditation retreat led by Vajradevi for Dharmacharinis and women training for ordination.

What is the relationship between mindfulness and wisdom? How can a seemingly simple practice of on-going awareness help us to know the nature of reality? On this retreat we will be using the Buddha’s words in the Satipatthana Sutta to practice with this profound yet accessible teaching. Through periods of formal and informal meditation, we will cultivate awareness...

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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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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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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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