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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 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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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...

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WLBC Sutrathon 2021 – Following the Golden Thread

Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 12:43

WLBC Sutrathon 2021 – Following the Golden Thread

Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 12:43

Dear Friends

With the end of October approaching and the evenings drawing in, it has been almost a year since Dharmavadana embarked on his feat of reading The White Lotus Sutra over a whole night. He raised the incredible  sum of £2,039 for our wonderful centre.  Following in the footsteps of Dharmavadana’s golden path of inspiration…. the annual Sutrathon is born!

Here we are now, 15 courses, 13 events, 10 retreats and many hours of shared practice in our weekly and monthly classes later....

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Mandala of Joy: WLBC In Person Weekend Retreat

Fri, 1 Oct, 2021 - 13:06

Mandala of Joy: WLBC In Person Weekend Retreat

Fri, 1 Oct, 2021 - 13:06

When one knows the solitude of silence and feels the joy of quietness, one is then free from fear….and one feels the joy of the Dhamma. – Dhammapada

Fri Nov 5th 2021 - Sun Nov 7th 2021
Booking required: £210/ conc £160 Bursaries available, please ask

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weekend-in-person-retreat-mandala-of-joy-tickets-182647863677

Led by: Bodhilila, Prajnanita, Ratnadeva and Sudurjaya

Maybe you’ve had an existing connection with WLBC, or maybe you’ve only ‘met’ us online over the pandemic. We extend our invitation to everybody for our first in-person retreat...

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Early Buddhism Study Group with Mitrananda and Ratnadeva

Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 - 17:38

Early Buddhism Study Group with Mitrananda and Ratnadeva

Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 - 17:38

Join Mitrananda and Ratnadeva 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. 

Session 7 – October 24, 4-5.30pm (UK)

Many of you will have experienced how, instead of seeing things objectively, a profusion of ideas may arise in the mind which obscures our ability to see things...

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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...