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Themes from the Dharma Life of Urgyen Sangharakshita (Triratna International Council 2019)

From Triratna International Council on Thu, 19 Sep, 2019 - 15:07

A series of talks from the 2019 Triratna International Council, with the whole event set in the context of the Council considering deeply and studying the Dharma together. 

This year’s theme was major elements from the Dharma biography of Sangharakshita, Triratna’s founder, which are of wider relevance to anyone endeavouring to lead a Buddhist life. The four areas explored are:

1. Going Forth and Going for Refuge by Saddhaloka

2. Sangharakshita’s First Connection with His Teachers and Receiving Practices by Aryajaya

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Actions Have Co2nsequences Meditation

Thu, 18 Jul, 2019 - 12:47

Buddhist Action Month is now over but here’s a highlight from the Dublin Buddhist Centre - on 12th June, as part of BAM 2019, some of their Sangha meditated outside the Dáil (the Irish parliament) to raise awareness about the need to take action to address the climate crisis. Here’s a short podcast with some of the participants about why they took part as Dharma practitioners and how the meditation went.

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Prakasha on Buddhism and William Blake (with Satyalila)

Thu, 11 Jul, 2019 - 20:55

In this interview, Prakasha shares the remarkable story of the unfolding of his Dharma Life from a fascination with the English poet, painter and visionary William Blake in the late 1970s and early 80s and how this led him to a deep immersion in the Vajrayana approach to Buddhism. Following on from Bhante, in ‘Buddhism and William Blake’ he elucidates the common basis between the symbolic worlds of Blake and the Vajrayana.

Recorded at a retreat on William Blake, Adhisthana 2017.

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Waking Up to Climate Crisis - and What to Do About It?

Thu, 13 Jun, 2019 - 10:21

Buddhist Action Month is underway and here is a timely talk from Arthacarya, given during the recent Australia / New Zealand Order Convention, on the theme of what we can do about the climate crisis. Arthacarya relates his personal journey back to environmental engagement, the trigger being reading the ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ by David Wallace-Wells in July 2018. He also provides some useful suggestions how Dharma practitioners can contribute to the change that must happen and move away from the four Ds of despair,...

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Kiranada - A Year of Silence (with Q & A): Highlighted Talk

From Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 12 Jun, 2019 - 18:48

Kiranada is an ordained Buddhist, a traveler, a renowned artist in (cruelty-free) silk, a teacher, an author and a Mom. Here she is at the Portsmouth Public Library in June 2019, reading from her book ‘A Year Of Silence’, an account of her year-long silent, solitary retreat in the New Zealand bush.

As one of her last engagements before heading off to Kentucky and Missouri to begin a further 3-year solitary, silent retreat, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear what it...

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Mind Training - The Alchemy of The Emotions: Highlighted Series

From Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 6 Jun, 2019 - 10:30

Mind Training can be likened to a form of spiritual alchemy: a magical transmutation of our ordinary lives into gold. These powerful talks from the Sheffield Buddhist Centre provide a series of practical slogans which turn the adverse situations of our day-to-day lives into ideal conditions for spiritual transformation of the mind and emotions. Going beyond concepts, mind training techniques are just as relevant in the crucible of everyday life as they were in 12th century Tibet.

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Mahamati - The Many Blessings of Sadhana

Tue, 14 May, 2019 - 12:22

Mahamati gave a talk on the many blessings of sadhana at the November 2018 UK and Ireland Men’s Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana.

The weekend was hosted by some of the UK based members of the College of Public Preceptors but it was also the first gathering after the death of Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita.

The theme of the weekend was sadhana - “Among our many gifts from Bhante is sadhana. Sadhana can encompass our whole Dharma life. It can be a doorway...

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Complete Recordings from the Bristol Buddhist Centre Rains Retreat 2019

Fri, 3 May, 2019 - 10:52

The 2019 Bristol Buddhist Centre’s Rains Retreat was called “Pathways to a Beautiful Mind”. Led by Vajradevi, the retreat explored ways of cultivating a beautiful mind by using the framework of the Satipatthana Sutta as well as the five spiritual faculties.

You can now listen to the complete recordings - which include led meditations and pujas as well as Dharma talks - and take part in your very own rains season retreat at your leisure! A big...

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‘Refreshingly original, beautifully written, and crystal clear’: Free Time!, the new book by Vajragupta

From Windhorse Publications on Fri, 26 Apr, 2019 - 09:38

Windhorse Publications is very pleased to announce the release of Free Time! from clock-watching to free-flowing, a Buddhist guide, the latest book by Vajragupta Staunton, author of Buddhism: Tools for Living Your Life, Sailing the Worldly Winds, The Triratna Story, and Wild Awake.

In our fast moving world many people can feel their time is wound tight, their lives constantly hassled and hectic. ‘Fast-forward’ seems to be the collective default setting. So often we can be over busy and over stimulated, and...

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Who is Urgyen Sangharakshita?: Highlighted Series from Subhuti

Thu, 14 Mar, 2019 - 12:25

In this significant series of rambles given at the London Buddhist Centre, Subhuti unpacks his 15 minute funeral oration for Sangharakshita on 10th November 2018 at Adhisthana. He demonstrates how someone can be considered a very great teacher, exemplar, and even guru, yet also be a human being with his own personality and even failings.

Listen to Subhuti’s funeral oration

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