The 2019 Big One kicks off today! As more and more people arrive we begin to get to settled in…meeting friends old and new, engaging the great Bodhisattva activity of washing up and, of course, dedicating the entire weekend’s practice for the benefit of all beings in the shrine room!
“…while still young, a black-haired young person endowed with the blessings of youth, in the prime of life, I shaved off my hair and beard, put on the yellow robe, and went forth from the home life into homelessness.” - Majjhima Nikaya, 36
The 2019 Triratna Young Buddhists’ Retreat (the ‘Big One’) takes place at Adhisthana this weekend. This year’s theme is ‘Blueprint for a New Society’, following in the archetypal footsteps of the Buddha, leaving behind the world of technology, busyness, and the...
Have you ever wondered what it was like in the very early days of our Movement when Bhante was on fire about creating the New Society through practicing intensely together in the 3Cs (Communities, Centres and Co-operative Right Livelihood Businesses)? These days they are fewer opportunities for young people to be exposed to all 3 of the ‘C’s at once, which is why, five years ago, Adhisthana set up the Young People’s Dharma Life Course.
Blueprint for a New Society: 25th - 27th of October 2019
Join us for a weekend exploring how Buddhist values can shape a world that desperately needs to change. We’ll be meditating together, doing rituals, engaging with talks and discussion,… all with like-minded people aged 18-35 in a stunning setting.
In order to build on the already vibrant Young Buddhist activities in Australia and New Zealand, Future Dharma are now supporting a Triratna Young Buddhist Coordinator for the entire Area for 2 days per week. Dhammakumāra, currently Triratna’s youngest Order member, moved from the UK to take up this role in August 2018.
Dhammakumāra is currently based in Sydney but travels to other centres in Australia and New Zealand quite often. Here he explains a bit about the role...
“For me, just being with other young people… actually this is really important… there’s an energy, there’s a natural friendship, there’s a speaking the Dharma in our own language, in our own time, with our own metaphors, about the life decisions we are currently trying to make” - Singhamati, 2015.
The 2018 Triratna Young Buddhists’ Retreat - the ‘Big One’ - takes place in Adhisthana this weekend! We’ll be bringing you the best of the event online throughout the weekend: talks, interviews, podcasts, video and pictures.
The Big One remains the key young Buddhist gathering of the year, and is an opportunity for young people across Triratna to come together, meditate, make new friends and have lots of fun!
I was already late. And it was hot. Very hot. Indian hot. The adrenaline had taken me so far but now my legs were palpably wobbling as I approached the last bend before my destination. The hasty bowl of muesli rumbled restlesslessly in my stomach, rising and falling as the urge to vomit repeatedly came and subsided… Hold it together man…
I’ve been here before - exams, big talks, lesson observations when I was a trainee teacher - and deep down I know...
Sooo… I’ve just started a six-week fundraising appeal in London with these wonderful people (Mike, Declan, Chris, Ramesh Babar, Vajragupta, and Kusaladevi Spence)! We’re going to be raising money for an amazing charity called Karuna which helps to transform the lives of individuals and communities affected by the tyrannical caste system in India and Nepal.
We’ve all now arrived and are settling into community we’ll be living in together. For most of us, this is the first time we’ve done anything like this...
The second Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention is taking place in Suryavana in Valencia this weekend! We’ll be bringing you the best of the event online throughout the weekend: talks, interviews, podcasts, video and pictures.
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