The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
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Complete Urban Retreat Resources

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 30 Nov, 2015 - 18:19

Here is a complete* set of the main teaching materials from the 2015 Urban Retreat for everyone. If you took part you can still access the full space, all posts, and comments. You can now get resources in French and German too.

It’s no longer possible to sign up for this space to preserve the integrity of the retreat. You might want to re-enable your email notifications now! :)

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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

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

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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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Day 8: Transference of Merit and Self-Surrender (Text)

Posted by Mokshini on Fri, 27 Nov, 2015 - 20:06

The verse “Transference of Merit and Self -Surrender” expresses the wish that the benefit that we have gained through the efforts of our practice may serve for the benefit of all beings, not just ourselves. It is the last verse of the Triratna Sevenfold Puja

Within Triratna, it is frequently recited at the end of a practice day, a meeting, or a retreat to conclude the event. You may wish to use it to dedicate you efforts for the wellbeing  of all every evening...

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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

Prajnagita's picture

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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The Urban Retreat Programme

Posted by Mokshini on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 15:58

Here is a copy of the Full Retreat Programme for the  Fourth International Triratna Urban Retreat, 21- 28 Nov 2015

The theme is “Living in the Greater Mandala” - title taken from the book Wisdom beyond Words by Sangharakshita, a commentary on the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha sutra. 

The aim… is to bring an attitude of pure aesthetic appreciation to whatever circumstances that come our way

The Enlightenment of the Buddha was not a cold detached knowledge. He saw with warmth; he saw with feeling; what is more, he

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Resolve - Remind - Review

Posted by Mokshini on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 15:57

“Resolve - Remind - Review” is a practical toolkit for keeping your practice on course day-to-day, in the midst of a busy life. It is about creating the conditions that support practice. The handout explains what to do. 

You will see that there are also ”resolve” and “remind” sections on each page of the Urban Retreat Practice Diary: it helps you be clear what you resolve to do and how you’ll remind yourself to do it each day! 

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The Urban Retreat 2015 Practice Diary

Posted by Mokshini on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 15:19

The Urban Retreat Diary 
On November 21, at the beginning of your Urban Retreat, we suggest you take the time to reflect on what you specifically want to practice during the coming week. What supportive conditions do you want to set up? What practices do you want to do? 

It really helps to make these aims as concrete as possible, and to write them down. Writing your practice aspirations down is an important ingredient of the event, and will help you implement your intentions.   

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The Greater Mandala - Chapter 1

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 7 Nov, 2015 - 17:12

Here is the first chapter of Sangharakshita’s commentary on the ratnaguna-samcayagatha, the text on which this Urban Retreat is based. 

Don’t let the long title put you off! What it is all about is exploring how we can live a live with more appreciation, more spaciousness and engagement,  a greater eye for beauty, and developing a more non-utilitarian attitude to places and people around us. 

The chapter is taken from the following book written by Sangharakshita - if you want to read the whole text and...

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The Greater Mandala - Elämä suuren mandalan piirissä

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 7 Nov, 2015 - 16:22

The Greater Mandala - in Finnish 

Elämä suuren mandalan piirissä
Johdanto Sangharakshitan ratnaguna-samcayagatha -suttan kommentaariteoksesta Timanttisutra ja buddhalainen viisauden perinne, (Wisdom Beyond Words), jossa Sangharakshita tutkailee arvostamisen ja kauneuden keskeistä asemaa; taito asioista ja ihmistä nauttimiseen niiden itsensä takia, eikä vain hyötynäkökohdista lähtien. 

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