vajratara's picture
vajratara

The Great Gathering - A Greater Love: Maha Maitri

Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 16:31

The Great Gathering - A Greater Love: Maha Maitri

Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 16:31

@ Taraloka 7th-10th June

This long weekend is a celebration of our community and its unique emphasis on the practice of friendship as a path. There has not been such a Great Gathering for many years and the team, drawn from Tiratanaloka, Taraloka and Buddhafield look forward to welcoming you - women who have requested ordination and dharmacharinis - to gather at Taraloka for rituals, chanting, talks, discussion, meditation, workshops and the pleasure of each other’s company. We are expecting large numbers...

Log in or register to respond
vajratara's picture
vajratara

Talk on Spiritual Death

Wed, 20 Dec, 2017 - 17:30

Vajratara has been looking up some talks from Tiratanaloka to put online.  They come as part of a series. Though the others in the series were not necessarily recorded, the individual talks stand alone.  This one was given on a retreat at Tiratanaloka for women training for Ordination.  Vajratara gives an introduction to Spiritual death. Using poetry and drawing on her experience of the Sangha, she looks at what spiritual death is, what it isn’t and how to practice it.
...

Log in or register to respond
vajratara's picture
vajratara

Waking the Dragon

Wed, 30 Aug, 2017 - 18:46

Waking the Dragon

Wed, 30 Aug, 2017 - 18:46

Weekend for young women training for ordination: conditions for faith and working through difficulties. Study on Padmasambhava and the Buddha, discussion, meditation, all with others who are at the same life stage as you. Unbeatable. With Vajratara, Karunadhi, Ratnadharini, Moksatara, Kusaladevi, Siladevi and Danayutta.
8-11 September 2017

Log in or register to respond
vajratara's picture
vajratara

Thinking of asking for ordination?

Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 11:23

Thinking of asking for ordination?

Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 11:23

Are you a woman thinking of asking for ordination and would like to find out more?  Come to a weekend at Tiratanaloka to explore what ordination means, mythically and practically.

29 September - 1 October 2017

Log in or register to respond

Responses

Amarapuspa's picture

Thanks for letting us know. I’ll pass this on to Mitras. x

Tamonuda's picture

Thanks Vajratara 

vajratara's picture
vajratara

Last daily quote from 'The Survey': the true miracle

Fri, 21 Apr, 2017 - 15:16

Last daily quote from 'The Survey': the true miracle

Fri, 21 Apr, 2017 - 15:16

The ‘Transcendental Principle’ retreat is over.  Here is your last quote from ‘The Survey’!  I hope you enjoyed us sharing a bit of our retreat with you:

The only true miracle, the only one that really counts, is when a man turns from an ignoble to a noble way of life.  Ch1.17

Read more about this project 

Log in or register to respond

Responses

vajratara's picture

Just to mention in case it sounds a bit dismissive of men, I’m assuming Bhante is referring to all genders!

vajratara's picture
vajratara

Daily quote from 'The Survey': happiness

Fri, 21 Apr, 2017 - 15:13

Daily quote from 'The Survey': happiness

Fri, 21 Apr, 2017 - 15:13

To celebrate 60 years since the publication of ‘A Survey of Buddhism’, here is your daily quote:

Happiness can be attained wither when existence accords with our desires, or when our desires are in harmony with existence.  True the second alternative is difficult; but the first is impossible.  If we cannot gain happiness by refashioning the world we shall have to find it by reforming ourselves. Ch1.18

Read more about this project ...

Log in or register to respond

Responses

Charlotte Lawes's picture

I love this one - it has a particularly “Bhante-ish” tone to it :)

vajratara's picture
vajratara

Daily quote from 'The Survey': that most perfect of poems

Thu, 20 Apr, 2017 - 22:07

Daily quote from 'The Survey': that most perfect of poems

Thu, 20 Apr, 2017 - 22:07

To celebrate 60 years since the publication of ‘A Survey of Buddhism’, here is your daily quote:

Morality is, as it were, the words of that most perfect of all poems, the holy life, the language which makes intelligible the secrets of spirituality.  Meditation and Wisdom, the two remaining stages of the Way, are its rhythm and its imagery.  Ch1.16

Read more about this project....

Log in or register to respond
vajratara's picture
vajratara

Daily quote from 'The Survey': transcending opposites

Wed, 19 Apr, 2017 - 22:00

Daily quote from 'The Survey': transcending opposites

Wed, 19 Apr, 2017 - 22:00

To celebrate 60 years since the publication of ‘The Survey of Buddhism’, here is today’s quote:

At every stage of the spiritual life we are faced by the necessity of making a choice between either of two opposites, on the one hand, and the mean which reconciles the opposition by transcending it, on the other’.  Ch1.16

Read more about this project ...

Log in or register to respond

Responses

sheena's picture

I had to come back 24 hrs later to edit my first response which was;

“Arggghhhh….???????

Its just the hands sound like two opposites anyhow and now I will be thinking about this all morning…

So on one hand we have two choices, and on the other hand a sense that the choices can be transcended and there is not choice to be made?

We can choose the hand which holds an understanding that polarising our choices in this way is not helpful??? 

I feel like when you hold two mirrors up against each other - because in the metaphor is the thing that the metaphor suggests we can transcend.”

I didn’t mean it to, but the energy I felt came out in lots of exclamation marks and question marks. At least I didn’t use capital letters as well, no need to shout.

It seems a very perplexing conundrum…..would love to hear other people’s views.

vajratara's picture
vajratara

Daily quote from 'The Survey': simply for its own irresistible sake

Tue, 18 Apr, 2017 - 19:34

Daily quote from 'The Survey': simply for its own irresistible sake

Tue, 18 Apr, 2017 - 19:34

To celebrate 60 years since the publication of ‘The Survey of Buddhism’, here is today’s quote:

Not for our own sake, not even for the sake of others, should we seek to attain the Divine, but simply and solely for its own irresistible sake. Ch1.15

Read more about this project 

Log in or register to respond

Responses

Amritavani's picture

It really is irresistable. Thank you again. I might put this quote on my shrine x

vajratara's picture
vajratara

Daily quote from 'The Survey': cessation is not the last word

Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 19:48

Daily quote from 'The Survey': cessation is not the last word

Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 19:48

To celebrate 60 years since the publication of ‘The Survey of Buddhism’, here is today’s quote:

Cessation is, however, far from being the last word of Buddhism.  Though indicated mainly by negative expressions, Nirvāna, the goal of the disciple’s career, is not in itself a state of mere non-existence… What the disciple achieves with the breaking of the last link of the chain binding him to phenomenal existence can be described not only as the cessation of ignorance, but also, more positively, as

...
Log in or register to respond