The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
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Thank you - And Help Us Do It Again!

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 15:00

Thank you - And Help Us Do It Again!

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 15:00

The Urban Retreat 2015 has now come to an end. Thank you for taking part and helping make it such an inspiring week! We really hope you have enjoyed the contributions and resources posted on this site - may they be of benefit for a long time to come…

If you have enjoyed the retreat and benefitted from the Dharma materials provided, please help us do it again! You can easlily do that by donating to the online dana bowl on our Just...

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Thank you so  much for all your work and inspiration. It was very exciting and thought-provokiing. As part of the retreat i have been doing morning meditationd at the Center. My meditation practice has thus become more consistent and deeper. Taking the time to reflect afterwards has moved along mu carrying it into my daily life and boosting my mythic approach. But what excited me the most was the possibilities for the future, bring retreat experience to parts of the population who think it not possible. Contemplating what could he an imminent move to some kind of assisted living, this issue is vital. I alread decided it would be close to sangha, most likely Aryaloka. But the ability to participate in an urban retreat in such a strong way gives me such hope for supports in continuing practice no matter what happens and where I go, You have made a very valuable difference in my life. Thank you, thank you , thank you to all who prepared, designed and participated. I am very grateful. love, viriyagita

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Hi Viryagita,

its good to know we’ve been on retreat together and I’m really happy you’ve found it so supportive and beneficial for the future

         much metta Dharmabandhu x

sthiraprabha's picture

Phew! That’s that then. Thanks for having me. Good luck.  See you again next year.

khemajoti's picture

Many thanks to all of you and to all who contributed in any way. I loved the internationality and possiblities for connection.

jvalamalini's picture

Thank you!  We’ve made good use of the online resources at Bristol Buddhist Centre, with guided meditations from Rijumitra every lunchtime and we watched a short talk every afternoon which prompted some good discussions. 

I’ve enjoyed dipping into the flow of posts from round the world too - it’s the first time TBCO really has felt a bit like a wholesome facebook!

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Introductory Talk: Parami - Living In The Greater Mandala

Posted by parami on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 12:15

Introductory Talk: Parami - Living In The Greater Mandala

Posted by parami on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 12:15

Parami gives the introductory talk for the 2015 Triratna International Urban Retreat live in Adelaide, Australia. Her theme - and the theme of the whole retreat - is ‘Living in the Greater Mandala’, and she brings this alive in the most human, poetic, and inspired of ways.

Her range is broad as she evokes the mandala itself, and the profound, playful path of the Bodhisattva. Calling forth Rumi and Hafiz, the great Buddhist Perfection of Wisdom texts, Keats, Yeats, Robert...

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Abhayamaitri's picture

Fantastic talk Parami! Thank you :-) x

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Great talk! Thanks Parami - look forward to kicking starting our (Dublin’s) Urban Retreat with this talk next week x Prajnagita 

saddhāruci's picture

Thank you dear Parami :)

JoJo2075's picture

i had the blessing to be present with adelaide sangha when Parami gave the “living in the Greater Mandala Talk. Thoroughly enjoyed every moment and am looking forward to being part of the international Urban retreat. Thanks again Parami and Metta to all

StephenWillis's picture

Absolutely fantastic introduction, an invitation for true and inspired, integrated practice. A way of being totally with life (‘self’, ‘other’, ‘world’ and both imagination and reality. Thank you.). x

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Tips For A Successful Urban Retreat Online!

Posted by Centre Team on Thu, 19 Nov, 2015 - 18:05

Tips For A Successful Urban Retreat Online!

Posted by Centre Team on Thu, 19 Nov, 2015 - 18:05

Hi all, from the folk here at Dharmachakra. We’re the Right Livelihood team who provide The Buddhist Centre Online and Free Buddhist Audio, and who look after most Triratna social media spaces. Amongst other things!

We wanted to share a few notes about getting the best out of this online space as a support for your practice during the Urban Retreat. If you have any questions, please feel free to add to the comments here, or email us...

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Where To Find What on the Urban Retreat space

Posted by Mokshini on Mon, 26 Oct, 2015 - 21:01

Where To Find What on the Urban Retreat space

Posted by Mokshini on Mon, 26 Oct, 2015 - 21:01

You’ll see above, under the image, there are seven sub-menu tabs: 

about: This is the page you should land on the first time you come to the Urban Retreat space. It contains links to useful pages that you may want to read initially - How to take part in the Urban Retreat; More on the Theme; the Urban Retreat Programme;  the Metta Wave; and so on. 

retreat materials: Here you can find the daily short talks, the guided meditations, and the mantras...

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Welcome to the Metta Wave!

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:57

Welcome to the Metta Wave!

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:57

On Saturday November 21st many of the Triratna Centres and practice groups participating in the Urban Retreat will stop what they are doing around 4pm and take part in a metta wave - a wave of Metta Bhavana (Development of Loving Kindness meditation rolling around the planet. It will start in Australia and will spread across the globe over the course of the day: crossing Europe, reaching the East Coast of the USA, and finally ending...

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A Meditation For The Metta Wave

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:56

A Meditation For The Metta Wave

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:56

At 4pm on Saturday November 21 all participants of the International Urban retreat 2015 are invited to take part in a practice of the Metta Bhavana - the Development of Loving Kindness meditation.  

We suggest you practice this traditional meditation practice a little differently to how it is normally done.

Stage 1: Start by getting in contact with a heartfelt wish for well being and happiness for yourself

Stage 2: Then extend your metta, your goodwill and wish for their happiness, to  a good friend

Stage 3: In...

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Thankyou Vajrashura and Prajnagita,  for your imput and help. . A joy to finally work out how to use the site. :) 

Vajranatha's picture

The list of Triratna centres is private and I can’t see it. We are going to do the  metta wave here in Venezuela even though we won’t be doing the rest of the Urban Retreat. 

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Waving to you in Venezuela from my flat in Bristol! Mandando mucho metta desde mi piso en Bristol :)

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hi vajranatha, 

great that your sangha in Venezuela joined the metta wave, I trust you got hold of the list! 

Most of the pages on this site are ‘private’ in the sense that you will only see them if you have joined the urban retreat page by clicking on +Follow in the banner image on the ‘about’ page. This is so that comments and any postings stay within the community of those doing the urban retreat and don’t get shared all over the buddhistcentre.com 

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Living In The Greater Mandala - More On The Theme

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 24 Oct, 2015 - 15:21

Living In The Greater Mandala - More On The Theme

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 24 Oct, 2015 - 15:21

How can we live with a greater sense of appreciation and more of a non-utilitarian attitude to life? How can we let our life be transformed by beauty, nature, friendship, appreciation and love? How can we learn to live a live that is more spacious and happy and engage our energies with what we value most – rather than swinging between a narrow and tense driven-ness and just collapsing on the sofa, blobbing out mindlessly with drink, facebook, or any other distraction,...

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How To Take Part In An Urban Retreat - Read This First...

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 17 Oct, 2015 - 22:24

How To Take Part In An Urban Retreat - Read This First...

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 17 Oct, 2015 - 22:24

There are about 45 Triratna Buddhist Centres around the world – from Adelaide in Australia to Moscow in Russia, Seattle in the USA to Glasgow in Scotland – running the Urban Retreat this year. They will all start with a day retreat that sets the scene on Saturday 21st November and end on Saturday 28th November. The day retreats give the participants the opportunity to clarify what they want to get out of the week and set their aims. Buddhist Centres might...

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