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369: Triratna International Council 2019 - New Zealand & Australia Edition

The 6th Triratna International Council is in full swing in England this week. Folk from around the world converging on beautiful rural Herefordshire to explore the work of making sure our community is united and available to all in the years ahead. We're joined by our friends from New Zealand and Australia for a check-in around their take on the week and the relevance of international perspectives to their own communities and their experience of the Dharma life back home. Inspiring to hear...


368: Creating a Heaven on Earth: Day 3 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering

"...[the International Gathering is] quite intentionally like a mix of a retreat and a festival...but it's a whole retreat and a whole festival happening at the same time!" On the final full day of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering we tune in with Sanghamani, who gave one of the keynote talks, Sanjay from London and David, who is on the current men's Dharma Life course at Adhisthana, about how they've been finding the gathering. Sharing their favourite moments - of conversations, the...


367: A Reunion: Day 2 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering

Sadayasihi is reunited with Gina Plant Cabrita and Christine Thuring who all first met on the 2014 Triratna International Gathering. They recall that Gathering and how, for each of them, it marked a pivotal moment in their lives - and what they did afterwards. The conversation then turns to day 2 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering and what's been happening. We hear more about the significance of the international dimension - in particular, how coming together in large numbers can...


366: Myth and Magic: Day 1 of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering

It's the first full day of the Triratna International Gathering and Adhisthana is basking in summer sunshine! In this short podcast we get a flavour of the 'Alchemy of the Dharma'. A couple of people share their highlights from the International Gathering so far - from the first talk by Ratnaguna on 'Transforming Self', a classic music concert after lunch, workshops on tai chi, yoga, the activities for children as well as authentic conversations and the possibility of ice cream! Recorded at...


365: A Mandala of Awakening - UK & Ireland Area Order Convention 2019

Dassini talks to the International Order Convenors, Aryajaya and Lokeshvara, and Vimalamati and Vajrapriya from the International Order Office on day 2 of the UK & Ireland Area Order Convention at Wymondham, UK. The inspiration for this particular Convention has been to make the programme more retreat-like as well as also having forum spaces to facilitate Order debate and dialogue and we get a sense of how it is going on its second full day. We also hear about the ongoing work of the...


364: Concluding thoughts at the End of the ECA, Summer 2019

"To be a chair is not to be a particular kind of person...they are very different. But what they do have in common, is a love of Triratna, a love of the Dharma and a longing to help..." The 2019 Summer ECA - European Chairs' Assembly - took place at Padmaloka in the UK. We are joined by Aryanita from Paris, Vanaraji from Mid-Essex, Jayaraja from Buddhafield and Amrutasiddhi from Nagpur, India, all reflecting on how the meeting how went and what they really valued. We hear how the meeting...


363: Singhamati - A Gathering of Hearts and Minds

"It's more than the talks and the meditation and the puja - amazing as I'm sure they'll all be - it's also the gathering of hearts and minds, the chatting over cups of tea, the workshops...and just being together in that space" The 2019 Triratna International Gathering is fast approaching - it's a wonderful opportunity for those in our community to come together to share their practice and inspiration and to develop friendships. But what's it like to go on an event like this? Singhamati, who...


362: The Gen-X 2019 Podcast

At the end of this podcast you'll discover about six minutes of musical joy as we're played out by the amazing marimba band from Great Vow Zen Monastery, hosts of the 2019 Generation-X Dharma Teachers conference near Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA. But before that... A terrific round-table conversation with some of the organizers and participants gathering to look at ethics and power dynamics in the life of Buddhist communities. Join Candradasa, Rebecca Li, Lama...


360: Kiranada - Readings from 'A Year of Silence'

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 takes to disconnect...


359: The Order Practice Survey

One of the Sikkha Project's key aims is to support spiritual practice in our community and the Order Practice survey is a tool to help this come about. The purpose of the Order Practice survey is threefold: - to gather information about how Order members are practising (and how that can be supported); - to provide an opportunity for Order members to reflect on their own practice; - to start more focussed conversations around Order practice. Here Dhammarati, Convenor of the International...


358: Community - With Your Own Front Door

"So it's community - but with our own front door" - Tejasvini The Suvana (meaning ‘happy realm’) project aims to develop Buddhist co-housing in Cambridge, UK. It will be newly built, sustainable, low carbon footprint development, with the community inspired by Buddhist values. Here's a conversation with Tejasvini and Jeremy Peters, both involved in the project, discussing co-housing as a response to the housing crisis, their plans for sustainable features, affordability, Buddhist almhouses...


357: Dhammamegha - An Update from The Sikkha Project

_"The idea is that, at some point, it won't be a project; it'll just be more like how we do things"_ The Sikkha Project aims to support the development of training within Triratna for every level of experience, to discover and share how the different elements of our system of practice are taught and practiced most effectively, and to create resources and training to fill any gaps. Here's a conversation with Dhammamegha, currently co-ordinating this project, explaining its origins, who's...


356: Vidyadevi on 'The Complete Works of Sangharakshita'

"There's something about coming at it all fresh and trying to see the patterns in it and bring it together in its different 'baskets'..." Vidyadevi is an editor of 'The Complete Works of Sangharakshita' which aims to be the definitive edition of Sangharakshita's life’s work as a Buddhist writer and teacher. In this conversation she talks about the various different people who are involved in making this project happen, its significance, what it's like working on it now that Sangharakshita...


355: TBCO Magazine Podcast #1

The first episode of The Buddhist Centre Online's 'audio magazine', includes some of our latest audio highlights - an overview of the 2018 European Buddhist Union and Buddhist Teachers in Europe meetings, extracts from conversations with Mahasraddha, Director of the Abhayaratna Trust, and Vajratara, chair of the India Dhamma Trust as well as a brief introduction to Bodhipaksa's latest book 'I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha!'


354: The Spirit of the Abhayaratna Trust

_"This is not theoretical, this is how it is, it's life: sickness and ageing are very challenging"._ Mahasraddha is the Director of the Abhayaratna Trust which exists to help support Order Members in financial difficulty. In this conversation Mahasraddha outlines his vision for the Trust - and its spirit, which is based on Sangharakshita's lecture, '[A Case of Dysentery]('. He also mentions a number of projects that the Abhayaratna...


353: A Very Special Letter

"I want to spend the rest of my life... supporting the Triratna Buddhist Order. I can't imagine living in another way." Ricardo Rico became a Mitra and asked for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order in Venezuela over 20 years ago. He recently has moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico. In this podcast we hear a little bit about Ricardo's life as a university lecturer and father of three children. He also speaks about life in Venezuela and the current political and economic situation. He...


352: The Wonderful Problem

_"What we have is a very wonderful problem and the wonderful problem is that so many people are seeing the value of Buddhism in India and they are wanting to embrace Buddhism and the Buddhist path - and they are wanting to do that in their hundreds. But, of course, as we know, Buddhism is a path of practice. It requires careful study and training…it requires spiritual friendship. So who is going to meet these people?"_ Vajratara is the Chair of the India Dhamma Trust which exists to help...


351: Extracts from a Puja for Urgyen Sangharakshita on the Evening of His Funeral and Burial

On the evening of Urgyen Sangharakshita's funeral and burial, after the departure of most of the 1,200 guests, those who remained gathered together to perform a special, final sevenfold puja and close an extraordinary day. Padmavajra led the devotional ritual, specifically dedicated to Padmasambhava. In this extract we hear Surata reading verses to Vajrasattva known as 'The Confounder of Hell', followed by a rousing version of the Great Guru of Tibet's mantra. Voices were uplifted and many...


350: The 'Big One': A Religious Life

Prajnaketu, Triratna's Young Buddhist Co-ordinator, gave the keynote talk at the 2018 'Big One', which was on the theme of 'Seek Truth, Release Life'. His talk was entitled 'A Religious Life'. In this conversation with Sadayasihi in the Beams on the last morning of the 'Big One' he talks about the significance for him of giving this talk as well as delving into his choice of the word 'religious' and how he has benefitted from taking part in a Karuna Appeal. Recorded at Adhisthana, October...


349: Starting to Say Goodbye to Sangharakshita

A conversation with Candradasa, Munisha, Parami and Sthanashraddha towards the end of a strong week at Adhisthana, home of Urgyen Sangharakshita, who died last week at the age of 93\. We talk about our personal relationships to the founder of the Triratna Buddhist sangha over decades, and the great change his passing represents for our community. Join us online to begin saying farewell to a man whose long work for the Dharma transformed so many lives around the world for the good....