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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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

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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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Sanghas wave hello from around the world

Posted by Rijupatha on Mon, 16 Nov, 2015 - 19:05

Sanghas wave hello from around the world

Posted by Rijupatha on 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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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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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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