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Polishing your Inner Jewel - An Online Course on the Six Perfections

Tue, 16 Aug, 2022 - 06:46

Polishing your Inner Jewel - An Online Course on the Six Perfections

Tue, 16 Aug, 2022 - 06:46

There are so many ways we can grow and change. Uncovering and polishing the six qualities of generosity, ethics, patience, energy, meditation and wisdom that we all have in us (a little or a lot) is one way of transforming. Whether we are just dusting them off or discovering them anew, investigating these ‘perfections’ will offer us more self-awareness, confidence and hints of freedom for our journey of life.

Through discussion, meditation, exploration and reflection, Bodhilila and Maitripushpa invite you to join...

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Online Meditation Retreat - Poetics of Awakening

Mon, 8 Aug, 2022 - 21:46

Online Meditation Retreat - Poetics of Awakening

Mon, 8 Aug, 2022 - 21:46

The Buddha was known as the awakened one, but what does it mean to really wake up? Buddhism is clear that this awakening is more than just intellectual knowledge. More importantly it is an opening of the heart and imagination to our own deepest nature and our place in the world. During this online retreat we will be looking at how we might deepen into ourselves and open to the world through our practice of meditation and ritual.

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Session 1 (2 hrs):...

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Beyond Limits - West London Buddhist Centre Weekend Retreat

Wed, 6 Jul, 2022 - 15:37

Beyond Limits - West London Buddhist Centre Weekend Retreat

Wed, 6 Jul, 2022 - 15:37

Join us on this weekend retreat as we try to go beyond our habits and views and all the ways we limit ourselves. As we practise together and connect with the open landscape, open sea and open sky at Othona we will experience more spaciousness in our hearts and minds.

‘As far as the sky pervades, so does awareness.

As far as awareness extends, so does absolute space’.

For more information go to our website

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Weekend Retreat on the Essex Coast - Body like a Mountain, Heart like the Ocean, Mind like the Sky

Thu, 28 Apr, 2022 - 12:56

Weekend Retreat on the Essex Coast - Body like a Mountain, Heart like the Ocean, Mind like the Sky

Thu, 28 Apr, 2022 - 12:56

Join us for our weekend retreat by the Essex Coast on 6-8 May. We will seek inspiration from the Buddha’s most detailed account of meditation, the Anapanasati Sutta, and from the beauty of the littoral landscape.

To find out more go to the WLBC website

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Body like a Mountain, Heart like the Ocean, Mind like the Sky - WLBC Weekend Retreat 6-8 May - Othona Community, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex

Sat, 26 Mar, 2022 - 15:33

Body like a Mountain, Heart like the Ocean, Mind like the Sky - WLBC Weekend Retreat 6-8 May - Othona Community, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex

Sat, 26 Mar, 2022 - 15:33

We are delighted to be returning to Othona for our next in-person weekend retreat. We will be taking advantage of the beautiful natural setting of the Essex coast to support our practice, connecting with the earth, sea and sky to become more grounded and to develop more spaciousness in our hearts and minds. Join us as we come together as a community, practising together and connecting with others on the retreat.

For more information and booking go to our website

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Early Buddhism Study Group (Online) - Sunday 27 February 4-5.30pm

Thu, 24 Feb, 2022 - 16:41

Early Buddhism Study Group (Online) - Sunday 27 February 4-5.30pm

Thu, 24 Feb, 2022 - 16:41

The Buddha lived all of two and a half thousand years ago. However, the writings of the Pali Canon offer us a window onto his teachings and his personality. Join us for study of these earliest Buddhist scriptures, exploring what message they might have for us in these unprecedented and uncertain times. We will start each session with a brief period of Pali chanting and meditation before we read and reflect on a sutta. Join us for an exploration of...

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Untangle your Mind: A Going Deeper Course on Buddhist Conditionality

Fri, 18 Feb, 2022 - 16:43

Untangle your Mind: A Going Deeper Course on Buddhist Conditionality

Fri, 18 Feb, 2022 - 16:43

All the Buddha’s teachings flow from his greatest discovery, the law of conditionality, sometimes described as ‘dependent origination’. The Four Noble Truths, the Wheel of Life, the Middle-way, Nirvana and the law of karma all follow from this central principle.

Over the six weeks of the course we will delve into the ramifications of dependent origination in order to penetrate this teaching that is ‘profound, hard to understand, peaceful and sublime’. We will explore how it can point the way towards ending...

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Early Buddhism Study Group Online - Sunday 23 January 2022

Tue, 18 Jan, 2022 - 17:11

Early Buddhism Study Group Online - Sunday 23 January 2022

Tue, 18 Jan, 2022 - 17:11

The Buddha lived all of two and a half thousand years ago. However, the writings of the Pali Canon offer us a window onto his words and his personality. Join us for study of these earliest Buddhist scriptures, exploring what message they might have for us in these unprecedented and uncertain times. We will start each session with a brief period of Pali chanting and meditation before we read and reflect on a sutta. Join us for an exploration of...

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With Roots in the Sky

Tue, 18 Jan, 2022 - 14:56

With Roots in the Sky

Tue, 18 Jan, 2022 - 14:56

Online Meditation Retreat 23-29 January 2022

with Paramananda and Bodhilila

‘Imagine a sky, empty, spacious and pure from the beginning; the essence of the nature of mind is like this. Imagine a sun, luminous, clear, unobstructed, and spontaneously present; the nature of mind is like this. Imagine that sun shining out impartially on us and all things, penetrating all directions; the energy of mind, which is the manifestation of compassion, is like this; nothing can obstruct it and it pervades everywhere.’

from Tibetan Book of Living...

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Early Buddhism Study Group

Wed, 8 Dec, 2021 - 10:53

Early Buddhism Study Group

Wed, 8 Dec, 2021 - 10:53

The Buddha lived all of two and a half thousand years ago. However, the writings of the Pali Canon offer us a window onto his words and his personality. Join us for study of these earliest Buddhist scriptures, exploring what message they might have for us in these unprecedented and uncertain times. We will start each session with a brief period of Pali chanting and meditation before we read and reflect on a sutta. Join us for an exploration of...