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Chairs' Letter – May 2021

From College of Public Preceptors on Mon, 31 May, 2021 - 21:54

Chairs' Letter – May 2021

From College of Public Preceptors on Mon, 31 May, 2021 - 21:54

Dear Order Members and friends,

Last month one of my deputies, Amrutdeep, wrote from his perspective about the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic in India. 16 Order members and over 35 Dhammamitras died in India in the last couple of months and it’s still pretty grim; if you’d like to help, you can read more about some of the ways in which you can give here.

Its poignant that over the past...

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FBA Podcast: The Buddha's Social Revolution

From Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 5 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

In the first weeks after his Enlightenment, the Buddha stayed alone near the Bodhi tree, assimilating his profound discovery and enjoying its bliss. But from the first moment he encountered another human being, the force of his compassion led him to revolt against the social hierarchies of his day. In this impassioned talk at the London Buddhist Centre’s 2021 Buddha Day celebrations, Subhuti explores the nature of social conditioning. In doing so, he calls for...

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The Awakening

Tue, 8 Jun, 2021 - 00:00

In this fifth talk from the ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ retreat, Nagasiddhi engagingly describes the Buddha’s seismic awakening experience under the bodhi tree, as well as exploring the mythic images of the story.

Talk given online in April 2021.

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This talk is one of a series given by Nagasiddhi at Rivendell Retreat Centre during the April 2021 home retreat ‘In the footsteps of the Buddha’ hosted by the Buddhist Centre Online. This magical week-long retreat explores the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to awakening using dharma talks, meditation, storytelling, puppetry and art.

See also: Mandarava’s innovative telling of the Buddha’s life story through puppetry

Specially written ritual verses on the Buddha’s life recited on the retreat

Visit 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha' for more resources from this retreat

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Going Forth

Mon, 7 Jun, 2021 - 00:00

In this third talk from the ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ retreat, Nagasiddhi continues his exploration of the Buddha’s life story with its next turning point: the Buddha’s decision to turn his back on his life of privilege, to leave his home and family and to go forth to seek for the truth in the forest.

Talk given online in April 2021.

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This talk is one of a series given by Nagasiddhi at Rivendell Retreat Centre during the April 2021 home retreat ‘In the footsteps of the Buddha’ hosted by the Buddhist Centre Online. This magical week-long retreat explores the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to awakening using dharma talks, meditation, storytelling, puppetry and art.

See also: Mandarava’s innovative telling of the Buddha’s life story through puppetry

Specially written ritual verses on the Buddha’s life recited on the retreat

Visit 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha' for more resources from this retreat

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The Four Sights

Mon, 7 Jun, 2021 - 00:00

In this second talk from the ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ retreat, Nagasiddhi mixes the mythic and the historic to trace the Buddha-to-be’s early years up to the ‘four sights’: the turning point in his life that set him on the path to liberation.

Talk given online in April 2021.

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This talk is one of a series given by Nagasiddhi at Rivendell Retreat Centre during the April 2021 home retreat ‘In the footsteps of the Buddha’ hosted by the Buddhist Centre Online. This magical week-long retreat explores the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to awakening using dharma talks, meditation, storytelling, puppetry and art.

See also: Mandarava’s innovative telling of the Buddha’s life story through puppetry 

Specially written ritual verses on the Buddha’s life recited on the retreat

Visit 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha' for more resources from this retreat

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Rites of Passage

Mon, 7 Jun, 2021 - 00:00

In this first talk from the ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ retreat, Nagasiddhi invites us to experience the dharma imaginatively: through art and heart. He outlines the turning points or ‘rites of passage’ in the Buddha’s mythic life story that will be explored throughout the retreat.

Talk given online in April 2021.

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This talk is one of a series given by Nagasiddhi at Rivendell Retreat Centre during the April 2021 home retreat ‘In the footsteps of the Buddha’ hosted by the Buddhist Centre Online.

This magical week-long retreat explores the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to awakening using dharma talks, meditation, storytelling, puppetry and art.

See also: Mandarava’s innovative telling of the Buddha’s life story through puppetry

Specially written ritual verses on the Buddha’s life recited on the retreat

Visit 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha' for more resources from this retreat

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Giving Up Asceticism and the Rose Apple Tree

Mon, 7 Jun, 2021 - 00:00

In this fourth talk from the ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ retreat, Nagasiddhi traces the period after the Buddha’s going forth: as he masters meditation then turns towards extreme asceticism in his quest to overcome dukkha. Having taken himself to the brink of death, the Buddha-to-be finally realises that he must find his own ‘middle way’ to liberation.

Talk given online in April 2021.

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This talk is one of a series given by Nagasiddhi at Rivendell Retreat Centre during the April 2021 home retreat ‘In the footsteps of the Buddha’ hosted by the Buddhist Centre Online. This magical week-long retreat explores the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to awakening using dharma talks, meditation, storytelling, puppetry and art.

See also: Mandarava’s innovative telling of the Buddha’s life story through puppetry

Specially written ritual verses on the Buddha’s life recited on the retreat

Visit 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha' for more resources from this retreat

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Looking into the Well Again: Using Writing to Explore the Mind

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 17:08

Looking into the Well Again: Using Writing to Explore the Mind

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 17:08

Looking into the Well Again: Using Writing to Explore the Mind
A four-week course with Yashobodhi

Sundays: June 27th, July 4th, 11th, 18th
Each session will be done twice every week to accommodate time zones - come to whichever session suits best with your ticket.

First session (2 hrs): IE & UK 09:00 | Europe CET 10:00 | India 13:30 | Australia AEST 18:00 | New Zealand 20:00

Second session (2 hrs)USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST...

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In the Footsteps of the Buddha - Seven New Talks by Nagasiddhi

From Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 28 May, 2021 - 22:04

In the Footsteps of the Buddha - Seven New Talks by Nagasiddhi

From Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 28 May, 2021 - 22:04

As a launch series for Free Buddhist Audio on YouTube, a wonderful new set of talks given by Nagasiddhi. We are taken through seven key stages of the Buddha’s mythic quest, from his unsure setting out, through his wrong turnings, his breakthroughs and his decision to share what he had learned with others. A perfect way to celebrate Buddha Day as Nagasiddhi brings his infectious sense of imagination, play and grounded experience to bear on a story...

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Migrant Labourers - Tired Feet: Walk in Solidarity

From Karuna Fundraisers on Wed, 26 May, 2021 - 23:08

Migrant Labourers - Tired Feet: Walk in Solidarity

From Karuna Fundraisers on Wed, 26 May, 2021 - 23:08

Streaming Zoom Live Event, Thursday 3rd June, 7-8pm (BST)

Register here: https://appeals.karuna.org/get-involved

I hope we all remember how migrant labourers suffered during the sudden lockdown last year in India. The first thing that comes to my mind are images of ‘tired feet’ and ’hunger’. I can not believe millions of feet had to walk thousands of miles to get their homes, and many of them never made it.

One of my inspirations from India is Ashif Shaikh, the founder of ‘Jan Sahas’ (‘People’s...