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Thinking of asking for ordination?

Posted by vajratara on Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 11:23

Thinking of asking for ordination?

Posted by vajratara on 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

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

Posted by vajratara on Fri, 21 Apr, 2017 - 15:16

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

Posted by vajratara on 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

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': happiness

Posted by vajratara on Fri, 21 Apr, 2017 - 15:13

Daily quote from 'The Survey': happiness

Posted by vajratara on 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

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

Posted by vajratara on Thu, 20 Apr, 2017 - 22:07

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

Posted by vajratara on 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

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': transcending opposites

Posted by vajratara on Wed, 19 Apr, 2017 - 22:00

Daily quote from 'The Survey': transcending opposites

Posted by vajratara on 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

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

Posted by vajratara on Tue, 18 Apr, 2017 - 19:34

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

Posted by vajratara on 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

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

Posted by vajratara on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 19:48

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

Posted by vajratara on 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

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': the secret of bondage is the secret of liberation

Posted by vajratara on Sun, 16 Apr, 2017 - 19:22

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the secret of bondage is the secret of liberation

Posted by vajratara on Sun, 16 Apr, 2017 - 19:22

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

Far from being due to fate or chance or the fiat of the creator-god, human bondage to phenomenal existence is the product of human volitional action.. The secret of bondage is also the secret of liberation.  By exerting a force strong than that of hate, stronger than desire, stronger even than ignorance, the Wheel of Becoming can be made to revolve in the opposite direction… Ch1.13

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': the flame of desire

Posted by vajratara on Sat, 15 Apr, 2017 - 20:26

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the flame of desire

Posted by vajratara on Sat, 15 Apr, 2017 - 20:26

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

Dependent upon karma-resultant vedanā (feeling) arises trsnā / tanhā, hunger and thirst, or craving for excitement; the fever of unsatisfying longing.  It is the flame of desire that burns unsatisfied from birth to birth until once and for all extinguished in the cool waters of Nirvāna… The interval between these two nidānas is the battlefield of the spiritual life and to experience feelings yet check

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': ideas and empires

Posted by vajratara on Fri, 14 Apr, 2017 - 19:47

Daily quote from 'The Survey': ideas and empires

Posted by vajratara on Fri, 14 Apr, 2017 - 19:47

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

The double method of analysis and synthesis is in Buddhism applied not only to the external phenomena of nature but to the internal phenomena of mind, and that a thought no less than a thing, an idea equally with an empire, is resolved into a complex of infinitely extensive relations between infinitesimally small parts.  Ch1.12

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