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.
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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...
“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!
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.
Here are the photo posters of nearly all of the Triratna Sanghas around the world which are taking part in the Urban Retreat 2015. Many thanks to Rijupatha from the team at Dharmachakra (who are behind The Buddhist Centre Online and Free Buddhist Audio) for creating it!
There are two versions as you will see - version one is a multi-sheet A4PDF that can be printed out on a home printer, and then stuck on some card to create...
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...
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.