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341: Buddha Day Offerings From The Goddess of the Spring

To mark the great festival of Buddha Day (Wesak), when we celebrate the Enlightenment and its opening up of the path that leads to the end of suffering, here's a wonderful mythologically minded conversation with Sthanashraddha, self-confessed ritualist and all-round lover of beauty and of the Dharma as an aesthetic choice in itself. Sthanashraddha's considerable elegance of being and of mind comes through beautifully as we hear his magical tale of a dawn adventure to meet the goddess of...


296: The Golden Buddha

At the end of the first day of the Women's International Order Convention at Adhisthana, Parami sits on the sofa of the women's community with Kuladharini and Akasajoti and talks about some of the highlights of the day. Kuladharini talks about her relationship with Shakyamuni, and her practice as an anagarika. She describes a beautiful moment of her heart breaking open and hearing the words, "all griefs faithfully observed turn towards love". And we hear a little from Akasajoti about why...


295: Bodhicitta Mantra

Recorded at the 2016 Triratna International Convention as part of a puja to welcome new members of the Order. The ‘Bodhichitta’ is sometimes rendered as the ‘will to Enlightenment’ or the ‘heart-mind of Enlightenment’ - signifying the complete dedication of our efforts to cultivate wisdom and compassion, in line with the Buddha’s teachings, making no distinction between our own well-being and that of others. In that sense the development of Bodhichitta is a truly communal practice, and...


294: Young Order Members First Impressions of the 2016 International Order Convention

Sanghadhara in conversation with Akasajoti, Amalasiddhi and Suryadarshini at the end of the first full day at the convention. #Buddhism #Buddhist #Dharma #youngpeople #youth #Triratna #Buddha


293: International Men's Order Convention 2016 - Sadhanas and Study with Vishvapani and Lokabandhu

At Adhisthana, Vishvapani and Lokabandhu share some of the highlights of this years Order Convention in interview with Sanghadhara. Touching on the sadhana practices lead, study groups and their general experience of this large gathering. For more: #Triratna #Buddhism #Buddhist #Dharma #study #meditation #sadhana


292: International Men's Order Convention 2016 - India Present! With Yashosagar and Aryaketu

At Adhisthana, on the second half of our men's Order Convention, Sanghadhara Interviews two Dharmacharis who have traveled from India along with 65 other Indian Order Members. We hear some of their experience and highlights from this event. For more: #India #Buddhism #Buddhist #Dharma #Dhamma #Ambedkar #Dalit #Triratna


291: Day 7 Summary - Imagining A Vision Into Being

Dassini asks Viveka and Maitrisara, our amazing facilitators, what kinds of growth they see emerging from the 2016 International Council. And Viveka touches on how the spirit of friendship and imagination play a part in enriching our vision and the effectiveness of what we can offer the Triratna community around the world. For more: #Buddhism #Buddhist #Dharma #friendship #vision #Triratna #community #sangha #imagination


290: Day 6 Summary - In Our Time Machine

Summing up the last full day of the 2016 International Council, Parami travels with us in our time machine forward 30 years into the future to consider how the priorities this great international gathering takes forward might affect Triratna and the wide world. Internationality and possibility are our themes, so fire up the flux capacitor and let's go back to the future... For more, #Buddhism #Buddhist #timemachine #Dharma #Triratna...


289: Harmony and Conflict Resolution - Day 5 Summary

Jnanadhara and Dassini interviewing Munisha about a day framed by the idea of a community founded on the ideal of harmony between living beings. The nuts and bolts of that is moving towards finding a flexible commonality of approach to community and can often involve conflict resolution. We hear about initiatives and success stories in both these areas, as well as important safeguarding work going on at Triratna Centres around the world. For more:...


288: Jnanadakini, Vajranatha y Viryakirti y en el Consejo Internacional 2016

Jnanadakini, Vajranatha y Viryakirti comparten sus experiencias come delegados en el Consejo Internacional por parte de Espana y America Latina. #Budismo #Budista #Buda #Triratna #comunidad


287: A Walk Around Adhisthana - Day 3 Summary

Day 3 of the 2016 Triratna International Council and we summarize for you by going for a walk with our friend Jnanadhara around the grounds of lovely Adhisthana. Where, amongst other beings, we meet a tiny toad... We hear about meditating on Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom in the Sangharakshita Library; and about the Sikkha Project, an ambitious and exciting look at renewing and re-envisioning the system of Buddhist training in Triratna around the world by listening to and learning from...


286: Meeting the Needs of the World - A Summary

Day two of the 2016 Triratna International Council - a strong one, looking at the deep challenges for contemporary Buddhists who want to meet the needs of a suffering world head on. Karmavajra from India, Parami from Scotland, and Viriyakirti from Mexico join Dassini and Candradasa to recap an absorbing, stimulating day. Climate change, diversity and racial bias, the Dharma as an effective antidote to suffering in India, and Buddhist recovery are amongst the topics of the day. Along with a...


285: Why Is There An International Council?

Dharmananda, Munisha and Bodhivamsa discuss the reasons for having an International Council and its evolving function within a global spiritual community. #Triratna #Dharma #Buddhism #Sangha #Community #Buddhist


284: The Three Strands and an Opening Ritual

Yashosagar from India and Sucimani from England talk about the College and Order strands of the International Council, and share their impressions of out opening ritual. #Triratna #Dharma #community #Buddhism #Buddhist #sangha #internationalcouncil #triratna


283: What's Coming Up At The 2016 Triratna International Council

A quick chat and précis with Dassini from Glasgow, Scotland and Viveka from San Francisco, U.S.A., about the themes of the event as people start to arrive from around the world. For live Dharma coverage all week: #Buddhism #Buddhist #Dharma #Triratna #meditation #mindfulness #community #sangha #Buddha


282: Kamalamani - Other Than Mother, Choosing Childlessness With Life In Mind

Satyalila interviews Kamalamani about a strong decision in her life as a Buddhist - to forego having children - and her subsequent decision to write a book about it. A great conversation between two good friends about a long, challenging, ultimately affirming personal process and choice. Get more information on Kamalamani's book and where to buy it: #motherhood #children #child #kids #Buddhism #Buddhist #Dharma #compassion...


281: Dhammarati on Sikkha - A New Project to Review and Develop Training in a System of Buddhist Practice

Dhammarati talks here about a new project on the system of training in Triratna. He is one of the most experienced members of the Triratna Community, having been chair of the College of Public Preceptors for a decade. He lives and works at Adhisthana, and is now the convenor of the International Council. Dhammarati reflects on what is essential in Buddhist practice: a growth of awareness which leads to positive and rich emotion and a move away from self-referential emotion. As joy and...


280: Gender Diverse Sangha As Buddhists

Parami interviews Kamalanandi and Padmavyuha about gender diversity in Triratna on the occasion of the first residential retreat for gender diverse people in our community. A timely and topical discussion about the issues raised in society generally by changes in awareness around gender – and in a particular Buddhist culture as it expands its sense of itself to be more inclusive and more forward thinking about a crucial area of personal identity. The implications for ideas of practice as a...


279: Dhammarati on sabbatical, solitaries and the International Council

Dhammarati - in conversation here with Dhammamegha - is one of the most experienced members of the Triratna College of Public Preceptors having chaired it for over ten years. Here he talks about his long sabbatical after leaving that job - a rich, deep time that encompassed post-Impressionist galleries in New York and lengthy solitary retreats in California and in Wales. We hear about his personal study and his practical exploration of the Triratna system of practice and meditation,...


278: Satyaraja and Kamalashila talk about meditation

A lovely discussion, largely about meditation, between two people who are dedicated to it as a key way to work with the mind and discover more deeply the nature of it. We hear particularly about the devotional aspects of meditation, which is another way into the idea of insight itself. And about meditation retreats - solitary and collective - as essential to practice, including those featuring the Six Element practice as an approach to exploring the reality of existence itself. #Satyaraja,...