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Weekend Retreat for People of Colour at Vajrasana, UK

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Thu, 23 Sep, 2021 - 12:45

Weekend Retreat for People of Colour at Vajrasana, UK

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Thu, 23 Sep, 2021 - 12:45

Friday 8 – Sunday 10 October, Vajrasana Retreat Centre, UK

Led by Suryagupta and Bodhilila


A weekend for people of colour to come together to meditate and be inspired by the Buddha’s teaching in the spacious Suffolk countryside. During this weekend there will be talks, discussion, meditation, music and ritual. This retreat is suitable for those who are completely new to Buddhism and meditation as well as those who have been practising for some time.
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With Bliss Bestowing Hands: Online Retreat

Tue, 14 Sep, 2021 - 14:43

With Bliss Bestowing Hands: Online Retreat

Tue, 14 Sep, 2021 - 14:43

This online retreat will begin at 7pm on Sunday 26 September 7pm and finish at 5.30pm on Saturday 2 October. Led by Paramananda and Bodhilila. 

‘Looking after oneself, one looks after others; looking after others, one looks after oneself’ – the Buddha

About this online retreat

The Buddha often said that he meditated out of compassion for all living beings (not just for enjoyment or for personal and spiritual development as many of us may do). In the zen tradition the aim of practice is to equip...

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Padmasambhava Festival: Into the Realm of Fierce Compassion (online)

Thu, 2 Sep, 2021 - 14:03

Padmasambhava Festival: Into the Realm of Fierce Compassion (online)

Thu, 2 Sep, 2021 - 14:03

Sunday 12 September, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Join us for a rich day of celebration and inspiration, as we explore the fierce compassion of Padmasambhava. With a talk, “A Messenger to Invoke the Guru’s Heart Stream” from Padmavajra.

Padmasambhava is an important figure in Buddhism. He is regarded in Tibet as a second Buddha. His fierce compassion and his many teachings inspire our practice of the Dharma and advise us how to lead a meaningful life. Padmasambhava shows us the way to transform energy so it flows freely...

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Mandala of the Heart with Paramananda & Bodhilila

Mon, 19 Jul, 2021 - 16:00

Mandala of the Heart with Paramananda & Bodhilila

Mon, 19 Jul, 2021 - 16:00

This online retreat runs from Sunday 25 July at 7pm and runs till Sunday 31 July at 5.30pm

Mandalas are cross cultural symbols of the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm of the human psyche. Helping us to understand, on the deepest level, our place in the universe. Within Buddhism they are used as an aid to meditation and contemplation.

On this retreat we will be imagining our own bodies as a mandala with our hearts as the central organising principle around which...

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Wolf at the Door: Online Writing Retreat

Thu, 15 Jul, 2021 - 13:40

Wolf at the Door: Online Writing Retreat

Thu, 15 Jul, 2021 - 13:40

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 September 2021

We welcome you to September’s Wolf at the Door theme:  A Visitor to the Wolf Hotel: An Exploration of the Wildness of the Senses with Varasahaya and Padmacandra who ask, 

“What if instead of the Wolf visiting us, we find ourselves at the door of the Wolf Hotel? At each of the six windows blows a different kind of wind. What if we found ourselves looking out of one of these windows, the wild wolf senses, to see the...

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The Spiral Path

Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:48

The Spiral Path

Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:48

This course runs over six Wednesdays 16 June to 21 July, 7-9pm

The Buddha has presented us with an inspiring path to liberation. The key stages on the journey are characterised by a progressive chain of positive mental states, such as bliss and serenity. Given the right conditions, each stage unfolds naturally from the previous, taking one closer to a realisation of how things really are and ultimately to liberation. 

Over the six weeks of this course we will explore this inspiring trajectory through...

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Introduction to Buddhism: Path to Freedom

Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:45

Introduction to Buddhism: Path to Freedom

Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:45

This course will run on six Tuesdays 22 June to 3 August (*no class on Tuesday 13 July), 7-9.15pm.

Looking for a clear overview of essential teachings and practices at the heart of Buddhism? Join us for this course on key aspects of the Buddhist tradition that offer a path to greater freedom and confidence in the face of these unprecedented and uncertain times. We explore how to apply the teachings in your day-to-day life. 

Classes will include a mixture of discussion, presentation and...

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Online Weekend Retreat: To Boldly Go...

Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:36

Online Weekend Retreat: To Boldly Go...

Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 11:36

‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.’

Marianne Williamson

Join Bodhilila and Prajnanita as we boldly explore the world of Amoghasiddhi, the archetypal Buddha of action and fearlessness. His name means, ‘Unobstructed Success’ and he is particularly associated with integration and the union of opposites. On this retreat we will find out how the Buddha worked with anxiety and fear while also being inspired and...

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Our Breathing Body Online Retreat with Paramananda and Bodhilila

Mon, 26 Apr, 2021 - 12:02

Our Breathing Body Online Retreat with Paramananda and Bodhilila

Mon, 26 Apr, 2021 - 12:02

Here, reciting his poem ‘Perhaps’, Paramananda extends an invitation to the sangha: 

“Come and join Bodhilila and myself for our online retreat, Our Breathing Body starting on 2 May. This will be an opportunity to explore how the breath can help us open our minds and our hearts to the world.” 

Booking: https://westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/event/our-breathing-body-online-meditation-retreat/

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Online Retreat with Paramananda and Bodhilila

Fri, 16 Apr, 2021 - 16:44

Online Retreat with Paramananda and Bodhilila

Fri, 16 Apr, 2021 - 16:44

Our Breathing Body 

Sunday 2 May to Saturday 8 May

It is hard to overstate the importance of the breath within Buddhist meditation. It provides the ‘object’ most often used for the strengthening and purifying of our reflective consciousness. In addition, it provides a felt experience of inter penetration of all life – without such an experience ‘enlightenment is impossible.

The breath is the thread that stitches our life together. Its centrality in energetic psycho-physical work such as meditation is testified to in nearly all spiritual...