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The Great Gathering: Dancing with Pure Presence 2022

Tue, 27 Sep, 2022 - 00:00

In June 2022, Order Members and Mitras Training For Ordination gathered together in a big marquee set up in Taraloka's beautiful grounds to listen to a series of talks and guided meditations led by Vajradevi on the theme of the Satipatthana Sutta.

Reflecting on the theme of the weekend Vajradevi said: "When we’re mindful and present to what’s happening – both ‘internally’ and ‘externally’ – our responses become steady, wise, and confident. Whatever we’re doing, whether we’re meditating, working, communicating, or singing, becomes a vehicle to ‘grow’ awareness. Mindfulness becomes panoramic and we live with immediacy and creativity."

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Milarepa: Inspiration From the Lineage Retreat (1 of 6)

Mon, 26 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
This is the first of six informal talks by Saddhanandi exploring themes from one of Milarepa’s Songs: The Song of Self-Examination, found in the Chapter’ Meeting Rechunga’ one of Milarepa’s female disciples. The song offers an uncompromising criterion for the spiritual life: endurance of hardships, renunciation of ‘nature lands’ property, friends and lovers; and a willingness to follow the instructions of a Guru. Saddhanandi discusses the themes using extracts from Sangharakshita’s seminars on other Songs of Milarepa. Talk One: Life of Milarepa An introduction to Milarepa and the opening talk to a week-long retreat at Taraloka in 2022 based around Milarepa’s teachings. Also highlights the significance of Milarepa within the history of Triratna and Bhante’s engagement with his own disciples.
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In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (3 of 6)

Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this third talk: Kavyamani begins by introducing The Theragatha, the poems or verses of the first Buddhist nuns. She then proceeds to focus on the inspirational story of just one of these nuns: Bhada.
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In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (2 of 6)

Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this second talk Danayutta draws on three different stories to explore the establishment of the first Sangha.
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In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (1 of 6)

Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for us as Dharma practitioners - following in the footsteps of the Buddha. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this first talk Kavaradhi introduces us to the story of Shakyamuni culminating in his Enlightenment.
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In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (6 of 6)

Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this sixth and final talk of this retreat Kavyamani tells the moving story of the Buddha's final days, his Parinirvana.
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In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (5 of 6)

Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this fifth talk Kavaradhi tells us the story of Kisa Gotami, one of the first Buddhist nuns. again reflecting on the importance of it for our lives today.
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In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (4 of 6)

Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this talk Danayutta draws on some of the poems from The Theragatha, the poems or verses of the first Buddhist nuns, to explore themes that have relevance for our own lives as Dharma practitioners.
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Milarepa: Inspiration From the Lineage Retreat (3 of 6)

Thu, 22 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
The third of six informal talks by Saddhanandi exploring themes from one of Milarepa’s Songs: The Song of Self-Examination, found in the Chapter’ Meeting Rechunga’ one of Milarepa’s female disciples. This talk was recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. The song offers an uncompromising criterion for the spiritual life: endurance of hardships, renunciation of ‘nature lands’ property, friends and lovers; and a willingness to follow the instructions of a Guru. Saddhanandi discusses the themes using extracts from Sangharakshita’s seminars on other Songs of Milarepa. Talk Three: Milarepa and Going Forth Exploring the next verse of the Milarepa Song, looking at the need to ‘go forth’ – to step away from conditions that don’t support our spiritual aspirations, and to set up a lifestyle that is supportive.
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Milarepa: Inspiration From the Lineage Retreat (2 of 6)

Thu, 22 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
The second of six informal talks by Saddhanandi exploring themes from one of Milarepa’s Songs: The Song of Self-Examination, found in the Chapter’ Meeting Rechunga’ one of Milarepa’s female disciples. This talk was recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. The song offers an uncompromising criterion for the spiritual life: endurance of hardships, renunciation of ‘nature lands’ property, friends and lovers; and a willingness to follow the instructions of a Guru. Saddhanandi discusses the themes using extracts from Sangharakshita’s seminars on other Songs of Milarepa. Talk Two: Motivation, Faith, Guru, Disciple An introduction to the song of Milarepa: ‘The Song of Self-Examination’ on which the retreat is based. The talk unpacks the first couple of verses looking at Milarepa’s faith towards Marpa and the nature of discipleship.