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Surrendering to a Greater Beauty: The Fourth Laksana

Wed, 6 Nov, 2019 - 20:37

Starting with a story from the Rastrapalapariprccha-Sutra, Vajratara draws out the significance of Sangharakshita’s paper on the Fourth Laksana. This is the path of beauty, from contemplation of ugliness to the gateway of liberation called ‘the beautiful’. To be on the path of beauty, we don’t merely enjoy beauty, we have to surrender ourselves to that beauty.  Given on a weekend retreat at Tiratanaloka.

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Celebrate 25 years of Tiratanaloka!

Mon, 26 Aug, 2019 - 10:05

Celebrate 25 years of Tiratanaloka!

Mon, 26 Aug, 2019 - 10:05

The team at Tiratanaloka invites you to celebrate our 25th anniversary with us on Sunday 29th September 2019, from 10.30 am to 5pm, at Tiratanaloka retreat centre in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, South Wales. The programme for the day will include a keynote talk on “The Significance of Ordination” from Ratnadharini, several mini-talks by Dharmacarinis on what Tiratanaloka means to them, a collective ritual, a light vegan lunch, a variety of vegan cakes, and activities for children.
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It’s a really great thing to celebrate - 25 years of Tiratanaloka. I remember sitting in the lounge over 25 years ago with Samata trying to work out whether it really was THE PLACE to buy! And the caretaker was the father of a Dharmachari in Birmingham, so that seemed like an auspicious sign!

I’m leading a weekend retreat at Adhisthana that weekend and would arrive tooooooo late if I tried to pop down, so I just wish you all the best for the day.

You’re a great team in a succession of great Tiratanaloka teams - sadhu!

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Congratulations to you all.

Your incredible depth of devotion still blows me away.

I’ve only been part of your retreat community for 6 years but I thank you for developing and maintaining a space where I can freely prostrate my devotion, percolate my dharma knowledge and confess, laugh and rejoice in equal measure.

<3   <3   <3   <3   <3

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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...

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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.
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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

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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

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

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Thanks Vajratara 

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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