The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
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Candradasa

Keeping The Dragons In Mind

Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 02:28

Keeping The Dragons In Mind

Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 02:28

This is a blog based on notes for a short talk I gave here on the New Hampshire Seacoast to help launch the Urban Retreat. It was supposed to be about internationality in our spiritual community and the conditions that support it. I hope, in the end, it was.

I’ve been working a lot of late. It’s an amazing privilege - one I’d do well to recall at every opportunity - to get to travel around the Triratna world...

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Parina's picture

dear Candradasa, thanks for your personal writings and giving me a glance behind the scenes of your life. And many many many thanks for you and the team making this urban retreat possible. You all are gems and as such part of the greater mandala of many people around the world. I wish you some quiet and relaxed time soon. love Parina

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Lyrical, Candradasa, thank you! Thank you also to all the BuddhistCentre.com team for creating a platform, that, in itself, is a work of art. It gives space to ourselves & our dragons. I can give no higher praise. (Btw will be looking up Ursula LeGuin)

mischa's picture

As a great fan of LeGuin and dragon-lover myself I can only say thank you for making me smile and giving me such a great start into the day - which will be full of teaching literature (albeit Argemì and not LeGuin) and hopefully end with connecting to the Urban Retreat which is so inspiring. So thank you for this, too. And please bear with my meandering thoughts and sentences, it seems my punctuation is still half asleep ;-)

with Metta

Mischa

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Thank you Candradasa, not being familiar with this author, but very familiar with dragons of some sort or another in daily life this is a welcome teaching for me. I will of course look the author up and delve into the Unknown to see what treasurers it brings. Thank you so much for the urban rereat blog, etc. Much Metta. I’m spending the day with the Bristol sangha building spiritual friendships-and belong to the Cardiff sangha on a more regular basis.

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Ooh - I love dragons! In the Chinese tradition - they don’t paint in the eyes til last - as putting in the eyes is what brings them alive - and then what might happen??

And Ursula Le Guin is on social media this week - I had a sense of the qualities you mentioned.

And big thanks to all of you for doing the Triratna work you do. I love the recordings from the different events,love that sense of internationality.  Sadhu!  And hope you get a bit of a rest now the retreat is coming to an end. A chance to recharge the batteries :)

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Complete Urban Retreat Resources

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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mokshini

Thank you - And Help Us Do It Again!

Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 15:00

Thank you - And Help Us Do It Again!

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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mokshini

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

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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List of Triratna Buddhist Centres and practice groups taking part in the Urban Retreat

Sat, 24 Oct, 2015 - 16:40

Dublin/Eire; 

Lllangollen/Wales; 

Glasgow, Fife, Highlands /Scotland; 

Ghent/Belgium

Amsterdam, Arnhem/Holland; 

Krakow/Poland; 

Stockholm/Sweden; 

Valencia /Spain; 

Berlin, Essen, Minden/Germany; 

Helsinki/Finland; 

Oslo/ Norway; 

Adhisthana, Birmingham, Bridport, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Colchester, Croydon, Eastbourne, Exeter, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, North London, Reading, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, West London/UK

Istanbul/Turkey; 

Paris/France; 

Moscow/Russia; 

Adelaide, Kempsey Macleay Valley, Port Fairy, Sydney/Australia;  

San Francisco, Aryaloka, Portsmouth, Seattle /USA.  

Mexico City/Mexico

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mokshini

A Meditation For The Metta Wave

Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:56

A Meditation For The Metta Wave

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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sandra phelan's picture

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. 

khemajoti's picture

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

mokshini's picture

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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Centre Team

Tips For A Successful Urban Retreat Online!

Thu, 19 Nov, 2015 - 18:05

Tips For A Successful Urban Retreat Online!

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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Rijupatha

Sanghas wave hello from around the world

Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 19:05

Sanghas wave hello from around the world

Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 19:05

So many Triratna sanghas from every corner of the world are participating in this year’s Urban Retreat! You can see a gallery of everyone waving hello from their corner here…

Download the posters to print!

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Where To Find What on the Urban Retreat space

Mon, 26 Oct, 2015 - 21:01

Where To Find What on the Urban Retreat space

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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mokshini

The Greater Mandala - Chapter 1

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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