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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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Daily quote from 'The Survey': realizing the supra-logical Truth

Posted by vajratara on Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 21:50

Daily quote from 'The Survey': realizing the supra-logical Truth

Posted by vajratara on Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 21:50

To celebrate 60 years since ‘The Survey of Buddhism’ was published here is your daily quote:

If we learn to pass from a knowledge of the conditioned nature of particular groups of phenomena to an understanding of conditionedness as a universal law, and from an understanding of this law to a realization of the supra-logical Truth which it represents, then we shall see the texts dealing with the doctrine of Conditioned Co-production not as a tangle of ‘contradictions’ but as the complementary

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': the holy life has to be lived

Posted by vajratara on Wed, 12 Apr, 2017 - 22:35

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the holy life has to be lived

Posted by vajratara on Wed, 12 Apr, 2017 - 22:35

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

Yet on the phenomenal plane, amidst the objects of the eternal world, including our own bodies - all seemingly so solid and so real - the holy life had, conventionally speaking, to be lived, and Nirvāna, though in the absolute sense not definable even as the goal, had, in a relative sense, to be attained.  Ch1.10

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': the poetic truth of the imagination

Posted by vajratara on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 22:08

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the poetic truth of the imagination

Posted by vajratara on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 22:08

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

As so often happens in the Mahāyāna sūtras, we find ourselves in this passage in a purely spiritual world which transcends thought and speech.  Words are used not conceptually but symbolically, and their truth is not the scientific truth of the intellect, but the poetic truth of the imagination.  We are in the realm of the spiritually positive, a world glowing with colour and flashing with light.  Ch1.9

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Extra quote from 'The Survey'! Latent in every sphere of consciousness...

Posted by vajratara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 22:16

Extra quote from 'The Survey'! Latent in every sphere of consciousness...

Posted by vajratara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 22:16

By popular (well, it’s Padmavavyuha’s favourite!) request, I’m giving an extra quote today, this time from Lama Govinda.

The quality of enlightenment is inherent in the universe, or more correctly, latent in every sphere of consciousness, and therefore must come to maturity, according to universal law, whenever the conditions are favourable. Ch1.5

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': the heartbeat of Buddhism

Posted by vajratara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 16:26

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the heartbeat of Buddhism

Posted by vajratara on Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 16:26

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

Be the traditional Buddhist cosmology a sober statement of scientifically verifiable fact, or a delirious flight of poetic imagination, it reflects on its own level a law whose operation is as the heartbeat of Buddhism, the law that when the conditions for the production of phenomenon - from the falling of a leaf to the birth of a Buddha - are present, the effect will inevitably follow. Ch1.5

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Daily quote from 'The Survey': the attainment of Enlightenment

Posted by vajratara on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 21:49

Daily quote from 'The Survey': the attainment of Enlightenment

Posted by vajratara on Sun, 9 Apr, 2017 - 21:49

Not only is it the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Buddhist Community, it is also the 60th anniversary of the first publication of ‘A Survey of Buddhism’, Sangharakshita’s seminal introduction (a rather weighty one) to Buddhism: ‘its doctrines and methods through the ages’.  This book is studied by those training for ordination on ‘The Transcendental Principle’ retreat.  Tiratanaloka are running that retreat right now, and to celebrate both anniversaries we will be giving you a quote each day.  So for...

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Quote from 'The Survey' each day!

Posted by vajratara on Sat, 8 Apr, 2017 - 19:23

Quote from 'The Survey' each day!

Posted by vajratara on Sat, 8 Apr, 2017 - 19:23

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary we are doing what we always do - delving into the mysteries of the Dharma, but this time with cake! To celebrate the anniversary we will post a quote from ‘The Survey of Buddhism’ by Sangharakshita each day. Our current retreat is ‘The Transcendental Principle’

‘Nature is not dead, but alive with many voices, and to an eye accustomed to see and to hear things that point beyond themselves even ‘An old pine tree is preaching wisdom, and...

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Young Women's Retreat

Posted by vajratara on Fri, 27 Jan, 2017 - 17:44

Young Women's Retreat

Posted by vajratara on Fri, 27 Jan, 2017 - 17:44

8-11 September 2017

A chance to be with other young women (under 35) who are also training for ordination. How can we, as young women, bring the Dharma into the centre of our lives? What will our lives look like? What are the most relevant issues for us? Public Preceptor Ratnadharini is also coming to share with us the benefit of her experience of practising Buddhism from a young age.

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