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376: Exploring Buddhist Modernism

"I see philosophy as not only part of the great modernist, or western project of understanding, but feeding into the Buddhist project of bringing awakened values into the world" - Dhivan Sanghadhara chats to Dhivan, Silavadin and Dr Matt Drage who recently led a philosophy symposium at Adhisthana called 'Exploring Buddhist Modernism'. The premise of this symposium being that western Buddhism has been deeply conditioned and informed by assumptions of the modern age: in particular, by...


375: Encouraging Young People on the Path - Prajnaketu & Subhadramati

Here are two wonderfully passionate members of the Order talking across generations about the need to open up effective pathways of commitment for young people as they connect and engage with the possibilities in a Buddhist life. Subhadramati has pioneered such pathways for women for many years at the London Buddhist Centre, one of the biggest Centres in Europe. She discusses her plans for 2020 to start a women's community in London where she and a few experienced friends will share a home...


374: Podcast - European Chairs Assembly Winter 2020: Agreeing New Strategic Priorities

Here's a short conversation with Akuppa (Newcastle, UK), Parina (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Dhammapitika (Metta Vihara Retreat Centre, The Netherlands) on the morning of the last full day at the Winter ECA - European Chairs assembly meeting, talking through the some of the new priorities that have been agreed on. We also hear about the fledgling plans underway to bring these to life in the coming months. They also share some of their highlights from this particular meeting -...


373: TBCO Magazine Podcast #2

Our second episode of our 'audio magazine' includes some of the highlights from the past six months: we hear about a land project in Hawaii, the revival of the Urgyen tulip, what's going on 'Down Under', what it's like working on an online Buddhist team and much more besides!


372: Working in an Online Team: A Buddhist Perspective

This podcast features the Dharmachakra team - who bring you The Buddhist Centre Online ( website and platform, Free Buddhist Audio ( , podcasts like this one, event coverage, technical support and more besides! As part of an online practice week in August some of this team gathered to talk about the Dharma and how they practice it in the context of their lives - in particular, in a busy, online 'team-based right livelihood...


371: Las Sietas Magníficas (en español)

Ya transcurrieron un par de días desde que inició la Convención Panamericana. En el comedor se pueden oír conversaciones en inglés y en español, incluso hay quien sirve de traductor para aquel que lo necesita. En este espacio, donde flores y el canto de los pájaros enmarcan las actividades de la convención, tuvieron la oportunidad de reunirse una vez mas. Hace poco mas de dos años tomaba lugar su retiro de ordenación en este mismo sitio; alguien tuvo la ocurrencia de llamarles las “siete...


370: Triratna Young Buddhists: Transforming Through Sangha

"When I went on those first Young Buddhist retreats I saw a future for Buddhism in my life.." "I don't think I've ever put my phone away for an entire weekend since I was about fifteen so coming away and doing that was incredible - I didn't realise the effect it'd had until I left..." Suzie from Manchester and Dharmasara from Berlin talk about their involvement in the Young Buddhist project. From gaining more confidence as a result of taking responsibility in their local sanghas to sharing...


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...