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Reflections On Ordination

Wed, 8 Nov, 2023 - 00:00
On the day of her 40th Order birthday Ratnavandana reflects on her ordination, which was performed by Bhante. This is a very honest, funny and inspiring talk given on a Brahma Viharas retreat at Taraloka.
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The Great Gathering 2023

Wed, 8 Nov, 2023 - 00:00
Talks from the Great Gathering held at Taraloka in 2023. Drawing on the Ariyapariyesana Sutta, Vajratara and Maitridevi explore the Buddha’s teaching on turning from the Ignoble to the Noble Quest: the choice of life lived within limits or of one dedicated to freedom.
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The Practice of Karuna Bhavana

Wed, 8 Nov, 2023 - 00:00
An honest, moving and inspiring personal talk by Maitrisambhava on the practice of Karuna Bhavana. This talk was given on an intensive meditation retreat for mitras on the Brahma Viharas held at Taraloka in 2023
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Talk five: Ritual as a way of life

Wed, 11 Oct, 2023 - 00:00
In this personal talk Sinhacandra reflects on how daily life can be imbued with ritual and how ritual can become a way of life.
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Talk Four: In beauty may I walk

Wed, 11 Oct, 2023 - 00:00
In this talk Punyamala explores how we can move from asubha to subha by participating in ritual.
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Talk Three: Ritual and the Imagination

Wed, 11 Oct, 2023 - 00:00
After acknowledging the deepening experience of the imagination in our spiritual lives Samantabhadri explores ritual and devotion as a turning towards the transcendental with body, speech and mind.
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Talk Two: Building Shrines

Wed, 11 Oct, 2023 - 00:00
Sinhacandra talks about different ways to build a shrine both individually and collectively.
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Talk One: An overview of the place of ritual in our Dharma life

Wed, 11 Oct, 2023 - 00:00
Punyamala suggests that ritual can be a path of transformation in its own right. She suggests ways to engage with rituals.
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‘Grasped never to be abandoned’ (Talk 2 of 8)

Wed, 16 Nov, 2022 - 00:00
‘Grasped never to be abandoned’. Introducing Shinran’s approach to the Dharma: us as foolish deluded beings, and Amida as the limitless. How should we understand Other Power? Looking at Japanese Shin in the context of the Three Myths of the Spiritual Life. Talks suitable for experienced practitioners only, as a sound base of experience and Dharma knowledge is taken for granted. Given on the 2022 Taraloka retreat ‘True Entrusting: Shinran, the Buddha and Bhante’, which explored Shinran’s classic text ‘Tannisho’. Talks begin with a section of this text. *Maitrisiddhi gave talks on the same themes in 2021. While there is overlap, there is also new material in each talk.*
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‘Just say the nembutsu…’ (Talk 1 of 8)

Wed, 16 Nov, 2022 - 00:00
‘Just say the nembutsu…’ Introductory talk. Where did Shinran and the Japanese Shin tradition spring from? An overview of ‘recollection of the Buddha’ through the centuries until its flowering as Japanese Shin in medieval Japan. Talks suitable for experienced practitioners only as a sound base of experience and Dharma knowledge is taken for granted. Given on the 2022 Taraloka retreat ‘True Entrusting: Shinran, the Buddha and Bhante’, which explored Shinran’s classic text ‘Tannisho’. Talks begin with a section of this text. *Maitrisiddhi gave talks on the same themes in 2021. While there is overlap, there is also new material in each talk.*