The mystery of the Walled Garden
Shuddhakirti evoked the Buddha’s use of natural imagery and shared his reflections on gardening as a spiritual practice. Unfortunately the sound quality wasn’t very good. If you’d like to read through the material see the transcript here.
Exploring the Senses
We had a simple evening of meditation looking a bit closer at our 5 senses. Dharmashalin suggested three reasons we might do this. Firstly as a strategy to draw our attention away from obsessive or compulsive thoughts. Secondly as a route to finding more subtle and self-sustaining sources of pleasure. Thirdly as a stepping stone to wisdom. By being more curious and intimate with our senses we step away from simply labeling them and open into a more mysterious unfolding opening experience.
Love with your Head and your Heart was the theme of Sangha Night on 14th May led by Sangharuchi. 35 of us attended. Sangharuchi asked us to prepare by watching this talk by Alain de Botton provocatively entitled “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person”. It is framed around romantic love but the principles areContinue reading “Love with your Head and your Heart”
30 of us spent an evening reflecting on gratitude. Gratitude is a revolutionary act, we can always turn our mind to it no matter what is happening. The preparation for this evening was to hear from Shradhagita from the London Buddhist Centre who introduces the theme of gratitude here (listen from 0 mins to 19Continue reading “The practice of gratitude 7th May”
39 of us joined the Zoom Sangha Night on 30th April welcoming Mahamati who spoke about Dhardo Rimpoche’s life and work. You can read Mahamati’s introduction here. Before the call we watched a video of Dhardo Rimpoche speaking about the school he founded in 1954. Click here to watch 15 minute section 17 – 33Continue reading “The significance of Dhardo Rimpoche”
38 of us tuned in to Zoom Sangha Night to hear Balajit talk about how, at times of stress, we can easily fall into restricted states of fight, flight and freeze. To prepare, we watched Balajit’s presentation beforehand (his youtube debut!) here and he invited us to notice what we find helpful when our threatContinue reading “Embracing our Responses to Uncertain Times”
There were 42 of us tonight! To warm us up to this topic, people watched a “thought for the day” by Lalitavira (an Order member based in Dublin) talking about how poems can be a kind of prayer here and we read Sangharakshita’s reflections on prayer in Buddhism here. People brought some poems which speakContinue reading “Do Buddhists pray? 16th April Sangha Night”
The Sangha Night was a celebration of the founding 52 years ago of Triratna. Roz and Matty offered us delightful talks on their experiences and reflections on Sangha. Roz read a poem inspired by her first visit to the Centre in 2016. We then discussed two questions in groups – either talking about our ownContinue reading “Transformation through Sangha 10th April”
The wonderful thing about a virtual Sangha is the way we can make the most of the breadth of the Triratna world. On 3rd April, Maitrisara and Nagadevi led an evening called Working with Anxiety and Fear attended by 38 people on Zoom. People started at home watching a 20 minute talk given by theContinue reading “Sangha Night 3rd April”
We held our first Sangha Night online on 26th March, 30 people joined the Zoom call. We have shortened the time we are online together as we have found that 90 mins is a maximum amount of time to spend in this medium before it all becomes a bit exhausting. So the idea was toContinue reading “First Sangha Night online”
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