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News, event coverage, mantras and rituals, Dharma conversations among diverse voices from the Triratna Buddhist Community around the world, keeping you up-to-date with the latest in our sangha.https://thebuddhistcentre.com/

Episodios

  • 412: The Alchemical Heart (The Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 35)

    412: The Alchemical Heart (The Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 35)

    03/01/2021 Duración: 39min

    Happy New Year! May 2021 prove a kinder, more hopeful year for all. In this first podcast of the year we turn to the magic of inner transformation, with a special episode to mark our forthcoming Home Retreat: 'The Alchemical Heart' with Paramananda (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/stories/toolkit/live/#alchemy) . In our conversation around the work involved with an "alchemical" approach to meditation Paramananda explores the relationship between Buddhist perspectives on life and the social, political and psychological realms. And most importantly, its connection to a sense of reality as fundamentally poetic in nature. All in service to figuring out how we can live from a genuine, authentic place in our own experience. Aside from alchemy's place in various western wisdom traditions, if here it is all about internal change, then, says Paramananda, the body is the vessel: this is where the work happens - because it is the nearest bit of reality with which we can become intimate. And to do so we must engage with

  • 411: Buddhist Economics, Part 2 - Post-Pandemic (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 34)

    411: Buddhist Economics, Part 2 - Post-Pandemic (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 34)

    21/10/2020 Duración: 20min

    A bonus episode with extra material from last episode’s wonderful conversation with Vaddhaka, author of ‘The Buddha On Wall Street’. (https://www.windhorsepublications.com/product/the-buddha-on-wall-street-print-ebook/) In part 2 of our discussion about the contribution Buddhism may have to make to all matters economic, we turn to the post-pandemic realities now faced around the world. The times prompt a reconsideration of the “attention economy” and its relationship to social inequality when everyone’s lives are much more centred on the web. And we explore the relationship between the “wellbeing economy” and ideas of economic growth; as well as whether the community-led origins of the UK ‘Welfare State’ might serve as a model for the future. Some fundamental questions are asked and well met: What do we value as  a society? What does human nature tend towards? What does the “common weal” look like after COVID-19? Finding throughout the conversation the opportunities for kindness in our dealings with each ot

  • 410: Buddhist Economics, Part 1 - Pre-Pandemic (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 33)

    410: Buddhist Economics, Part 1 - Pre-Pandemic (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 33)

    08/10/2020 Duración: 42min

    We're back with the first episode in a two-part conversation about what Buddhism has to say to 21st C. economics in the wake of populist political tides, globalization and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaddhaka is the author of The Buddha On Wall Street (https://www.windhorsepublications.com/product/the-buddha-on-wall-street-print-ebook/) , a Buddhist critique of Neo-Liberal notions of capitalism. Expect a stirring, provocative discussion around the state of western democracies in relation to economics, and the hope offered by community-led responses to the despair felt by many around the world who feel left behind. How can Buddhism respond to inequality, the need for social justice, poverty and class differences? What does the history of "free-thinking British Socialism" have to tell us today? And how might we move towards an economics of wellbeing? Featured this week The Buddha On Wall Street by Vaddhaka Linn (https://www.windhorsepublications.com/product/the-buddha-on-wall-street-print-ebook/) Lis

  • 409: These Are The Moments (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 32)

    409: These Are The Moments (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 32)

    11/09/2020 Duración: 34min

    Hello again! We're back for a new season of The Dharma Toolkit podcast from The Buddhist Centre Online. We've had a wee break, passed through fleeting summer, and are turning towards the first fall/autumn of these strange, pandemic times ready to renew our own sense of connection through community with you. Welcome aboard! We begin again by following up and extending our previous mini-series 'The Many Jewels: Buddhism, Writing and the Arts' (https://audioboom.com/playlists/4631587-the-many-jewels-buddhism-writing-and-the-arts) about the place of poetry and art in forming a response to sorrow, to challenge, to life itself. Once more our co-host is Padmacandra, helping bring together voices and experiences that can speak to why this is both urgent and profoundly hopeful: sounding and standing through the beauty and pain with the huge perspective of the Dharma as a backdrop, akin to the universe itself, whether starry or starless. Today we're with Sahajatara, exploring creativity and meaning at the juncture be

  • 408: Alive, Aware, Awake! (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 31)

    408: Alive, Aware, Awake! (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 31)

    03/07/2020 Duración: 37min

    What is it to be fully aware, fully alive? Here is a great conversation with the retreat team from Taraloka (https://taraloka.org.uk/) , who are about to lead our online Home Retreat (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/stories/toolkit/awake/) around the relief and ease of being in the present moment – whatever that present moment looks like. Join in with Alive, Aware, Awake - a Home Retreat for everyone! (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/stories/toolkit/awake/) Experience can be an adventure in awareness. How can we taste the deep excitement of opening to the nature of reality itself – right here, right now? Rooted in a thorough exploration of the Buddha's teaching on the four foundations of mindfulness, this a delightful evocation of how freedom of the heart is available to anyone. Taraloka (https://taraloka.org.uk/) is a women’s Buddhist retreat centre, founded in 1985. Ever since, they've been offering a breadth and depth of retreats for all levels of experience. But with coronavirus they’ve had to shut the bui

  • 407: Into the Dark Wood (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 30)

    407: Into the Dark Wood (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 30)

    24/06/2020 Duración: 40min

    Join us for a walk into the forest of the unknown. Enchantments await. Groves of images. Bridges to the unseen. A path that wanders lost until some deeper magic happens... We are back in the realm of art and the making of images, the making of things, the making of meaning. Nagasiddhi's trainings in technical sculpture, prop design and building, the rituals of puppetry, and carpentry with wood left by his father long ago - all these have prepared him for a life of inhabiting his craft in the context of Buddhist practice. We are with an artist at work in that country where the river under the river flows. Only now there is the deep underworld of uncertainty to contend with. Reflections on pandemic, on the nature of creativity, on the totemic aspects of imagination itself. From James Hillman to Philip Glass to Diana Wynne Jones and The Psychedelic Furs: this is a conversation where culture collides with fairy tales and you can almost taste the bittersweet air of inspiration, the peace of attending to old thin

  • 406: Meditating in the Mandala (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 29)

    406: Meditating in the Mandala (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 29)

    06/06/2020 Duración: 54min

    To mark our latest Home Retreat, led by Tejananda (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/stories/toolkit/mandala/) , an excellent conversation and primer on meditation from a body-focussed perspective. Tejananda's key image is of the dynamic mandala. Dharma practice is itself dynamic and transformative. And the transformation lies in gradually discovering how both we and the world are not at all what we originally supposed! Seeing this, we can begin to uproot the causes of suffering in our own experience. This approach to practice is centred on the living energy of our body and being. Through being open to the energy of the body, and by becoming attuned to its actual nature, we’ll discover ways to integrate the stages of a spiritual path into a single, embodied experience of ‘simply being’. Tejananda will support this Home Retreat with a series of daily meditations and inquiries, exploring in some depth the nature of our human experience. Reserve your space on the weeklong meditation workshop now! (https://thebuddhis

  • 405: For Nothing Is Fixed - Getting Real with Viveka and Paramananda, Episode 1

    405: For Nothing Is Fixed - Getting Real with Viveka and Paramananda, Episode 1

    02/06/2020 Duración: 37min

    For Nothing Is Fixed For nothing is fixed, forever, forever, forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out. James Baldwin N.B. This episode was originally recorded on May 18th, before George Floyd’s May 25th police encounter over a minor incident that ended tragically and unjustly in the loss of his life. As we move into the next phase of pandemic and social crisis around the world, a changing shape for the podcast. We'll be trying some new things on for size, experimenting, hearing voices in different ways as we continue to try and bring you a sense of wider, supportive community and inspiration, whatever yo

  • 405: For the Earth - BAM! 2020 (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 28)

    405: For the Earth - BAM! 2020 (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 28)

    29/05/2020 Duración: 35min

    This year's Buddhist Action Month (BAM!) (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/action) - happening around the world throughout June - is about to kick off. The theme is "For the Earth" - and here on the Dharma Toolkit we'll be looking at the intersection between urgent human issues like climate change, economic inequality and social justice. The poetic version of this, rooted in personal and community practice, is that we have a perfect opportunity to speak up for the many beings without voices with whom we share our world. Which is also speaking up for our own future as a species. If we want to tell a new and better story about our possible future on the earth, this is the moment. From the wild flower meadows of Vancouver Island to the slums of India and Nepal, our guests bring their steady, quiet passion and experience for work that saves lives and looks to save the environment. For all our sakes, for the earth. BAM! is presented in conjunction with the Network of Buddhist Organisations (https://www.nbo.org.uk/bam

  • 404: The River Under the River (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 27)

    404: The River Under the River (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 27)

    26/05/2020 Duración: 39min

    "Deserving a place in a realm where miracles happen" Let's start with this image: there's a river under the river. Then follow it via the works of William Stafford (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/william-e-stafford) and the creative lives of members of the Wolf at the Door group (http://www.wolfatthedoor.org) : poets and writers exploring the interplay of modes of attention in their chosen art forms, mediated by the practice of Buddhism. The wolf is there too. Alive and real and, sometimes, scary. But this is the true place of greater safety, and of a deeper freedom too.  Join us for another inspiring conversation, part of our mini-series on how to access the heights and depths of experience via the Arts, myth, symbol and story. "To be willingly fallible is a creative act in which the imagination participates." Wolf at the Door (http://www.wolfatthedoor.org) William Stafford on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=William+Stafford) William Stafford's poetry (https://www.poetryfoundati

  • 403: Turning Arrows Into Flowers (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 26)

    403: Turning Arrows Into Flowers (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 26)

    14/05/2020 Duración: 25min

    To mark the start of a Home Retreat on the theme of turning towards difficulties and moving through them well, a great, practical conversation with Yashobodhi about the meditative, reflective work of the Seven-Point Mind Training tradition in Buddhism. A mythic image to sum up and symbolize this is that of the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment. He is sitting still at the point when Mara attacks him with all the weapons he can muster. But, as the story goes, even though the Buddha is attacked he does not react with anger, hatred or defensiveness. Instead he sits in complete peace and openness; the arrows from his opponents drift and float down around him as flower petals. Drawing from the Tibetan traditions of lojong (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/search/node/lojong) (Dharma slogan) and tonglen (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/search/node/tonglen) (meditation sending and receiving kindness in an awareness of suffering), we explore ways to transform adversity. How do we face up to difficult emotions? Find t

  • 402: Ironic Points of Light (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 25)

    402: Ironic Points of Light (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 25)

    08/05/2020 Duración: 39min

    Shimmering images, and no less shimmering experiences. Today's episode begins a series on beauty, poetry, myth, art and symbol as a response to crisis. Taking our cue from W.H. Auden's poem, September 1st, 1939 (https://poets.org/poem/september-1-1939) , and his recognition of the need to "love one another or die", we ask how, in the midst of fear – even of death – we can exercise our agency as human beings? Poetry leads the way in and out of the questioning. Joining Auden in the circle is Rumi (https://poets.org/poet/jalal-al-din-rumi) and William Stafford (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/william-e-stafford) , providing images to shelter and transform. A conversation amongst friends, opening up to wider vistas of perspective and relationship: with our kids, with ourselves, with all our fellow beings. All reflected in each other like jewels in a great net thrown across the universe. *** Check out our Dharma Toolkit space (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/toolkit) for details of all we have on offer to hel

  • 401: Edición en español! (El podcast diario de Dharma Toolkit, 24)

    401: Edición en español! (El podcast diario de Dharma Toolkit, 24)

    06/05/2020 Duración: 43min

    Cuatro amigos budistas se reunion en zoom y exploran como su practica budista les ayuda en tiempos de pandemia y tambien como el mundo cambiando ha cambiado su practica. Parami (en Glasgow, Escocia), Saddharuchi (en la ciudad de Mexico),  Nagapriya (Cuernavaca, Mexico) y Sanghadhara (Manchester, Inglaterra) son Miembros de la Orden Budista Triratna apasionados en compartir su entendimiento y practica del budismo por el beneficio de todos los seres. *** Check out our Dharma Toolkit space (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/toolkit) for details of all we have on offer to help you make it through the weirdness and stay inspired. Come meditate with us any week day! (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/stories/toolkit/meditation/) *** Theme music by Ackport! (https://soundcloud.com/rascal-press/06-make-room-for-fun) Used with kind permission. #coronavirus #Covid19 #crisis #pandemic #Buddhism #Buddhist #Buddha #Dharma #Triratna #community #sangha #budismo #budista #español #México #españa 

  • 400: Reflections on Love (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 23)

    400: Reflections on Love (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 23)

    01/05/2020 Duración: 26min

    As we come towards the end of our Being Divine Online Home Retreat (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/stories/toolkit/love/) it is our great pleasure today to share with you some beautiful closing reflections from Ratnavandana on the theme of the retreat: love itself. She beautifully evokes where and how she is currently spending this time of lockdown in rural Wales, UK, and shares how the Brahma Vihara meditations on love have been helping her at this strange and difficult time. What she gives us is her deep confidence in these practices and a rich tapestry of images rooted in the poetry of the natural world:   I remember a few years back when we had an experience of an eclipse, the only one I have seen in my lifetime, just how it felt when darkness fell and the sun’s light was no longer present. It was only for a short time but it was eerie and I knew in that moment that nothing could live without the sun. I think this is true of love too, that nothing can live without love. So sit back, have a listen and as Ra

  • 399: Hyperavailability (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 22)

    399: Hyperavailability (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 22)

    30/04/2020 Duración: 40min

    Today's episode looks at how to handle the cornucopia – the veritable smorgasbord! – of Buddhist teaching and resources now online. How do we offer the depth experience of the Dharma as well as the breadth of it? Join our friends from Berlin, Germany, Glasgow and Oxford in the UK, for thoughts, tips, and wry reflections on navigating a sea of content in ways that might leave us feeling more free. A great, encouraging primer on the possibilities and pitfalls of online Dharma. And a wonderful testament to the surprise of just how much a sense of magic can transmit when people gather on the web to tune in with their imaginations, connect, and share together what matters most. Visit: Buddhistisches Tor Berlin (http://buddhistisches-tor-berlin.de/) Glasgow Buddhist Centre (http://www.glasgowbuddhistcentre.com/) Oxford Buddhist Group (http://www.oxfordbuddhistcentre.com) *** Check out our Dharma Toolkit space (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/toolkit) for details of all we have on offer to help you make it through the

  • 398: Make Room For Fun (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 21)

    398: Make Room For Fun (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 21)

    28/04/2020 Duración: 32min

    "Pleasure is a thing that also needs accomplishing" from The Word​ by Tony Hoagland Today's episode of the Dharma Toolkit asks a collection of fabulous guests how we can meet the deep and urgently serious aspects of life and of the current times without jettisoning a similarly vital human sense of fun, pleasure, play, spontaneity, creativity – even joy.  From painting with a beautiful thrash metal soundtrack on as ecstatic backdrop, to re-watching favourite TV shows, to going for a walk in familiar places alive to beauties in new ways. All this plus evocations of online ukulele lessons, New Orleans street bands and "the laughter of the unchained mind".  We hope the delight of conversation amongst friends old and new lightens your day... This episode features reference to : The Word by Tony Hoagland (https://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php%3Fdate=2011%252F09%252F10.html) read by Sadayasihi Phenom by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/8/21213608/coronavirus-zoom-music-video-

  • 397: Being Divine Online: Q  A with Ratnavandana on the Brahma Viharas (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 20)

    397: Being Divine Online: Q & A with Ratnavandana on the Brahma Viharas (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 20)

    28/04/2020 Duración: 43min

    Loving Kindness (Metta) Compassion (Karuna) Joyful Resonance (Mudita) Equanimity (Upekkha) This week on the podcast we're in full-on love mode with our Home Retreat: Being Divine Online (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/love) . Our guide to the series of meditations in focus - the Brahma Viharas - is Ratnavandana, and in this special episode recorded live online she's in discussion about a practice that has been one of the touchstones of her life. The sense of someone choosing to dwell inside a mythic vision of kindness - and the perspective it affords - is strong. From her down-to-earth advice about how to make these meditations a realistic part of your routine, to poetic evocations of them as both friends and teachers, this is an inspiring conversation about an integrated ecosystem of vision and transformation that is within the reach of anyone at anytime. Join your hosts Kusaladevi and Sadayasihi and walk around a great tree of practice rooted in love and empathy that, even in the face of suffering, can bloss

  • 396: The Making of Hair On Fire with Mary Salome (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 19)

    396: The Making of 'Hair On Fire' with Mary Salome (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 19)

    24/04/2020 Duración: 35min

    This week on The Buddhist Centre Online (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/) and the Dharma Toolkit (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/toolkit) we are marking Earth Day (https://www.earthday.org/) - all week long! Check out our specially commissioned mini-series of podcasts: "Hair On Fire: Using the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom to Turn Toward Climate Change" (https://audioboom.com/playlists/4631424-hair-on-fire-using-the-threefold-way-of-ethics-meditation-and-wisdom-to-turn-toward-climate-change) . Rounding off a week of Earth Day podcasts we're delighted to be joined by the series producer, Mary Salome, for a 'making of' special. Think of it as a kind of Director's Commentary on a fascinating year-long journey in sound. We hear Mary's own history with the issues around climate, and how her Buddhist experience gradually began to impact the ways she herself turned towards them. And how recording and editing the words of her friends – of people whose views she sometimes disagreed with – became a deep

  • 395: Hair On Fire, Episode 3 - Wisdom (Earth Week 2020)

    395: Hair On Fire, Episode 3 - Wisdom (Earth Week 2020)

    23/04/2020 Duración: 32min

    This week on The Buddhist Centre Online (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/) and the Dharma Toolkit (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/toolkit) we are marking Earth Day (https://www.earthday.org/) - all week long! Here's the third and final episode in our specially commissioned mini-series of podcasts to be released through the week: "Hair On Fire: Using the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom to Turn Toward Climate Change". Episode 3 considers Buddhist responses to climate change from the perspective of wisdom. *** These podcasts were produced by our friend Mary Salome in San Francisco. She writes: This series is not a debate about climate change. It's a reflection on practice in the context of climate change. Unless you are isolated from world news, you are likely practicing in contexts where discourse around climate change is prevalent. Even those who do not believe in climate change, or don’t believe that human activity impacts climate, are in range of this discourse. This series offers reflections fr

  • 394: Hair On Fire, Episode 2 - Meditation (Earth Week 2020)

    394: Hair On Fire, Episode 2 - Meditation (Earth Week 2020)

    22/04/2020 Duración: 17min

    This week on The Buddhist Centre Online (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/) and the Dharma Toolkit (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/toolkit) we are marking Earth Day (https://www.earthday.org/) - all week long! Here's the first episode in our specially commissioned mini-series of podcasts to be released through the week: "Hair On Fire: Using the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom to Turn Toward Climate Change". Episode 2 looks at Buddhist responses to climate change from the perspective of meditation. *** These podcasts were produced by our friend Mary Salome in San Francisco. She writes: This series is not a debate about climate change. It's a reflection on practice in the context of climate change. Unless you are isolated from world news, you are likely practicing in contexts where discourse around climate change is prevalent. Even those who do not believe in climate change, or don’t believe that human activity impacts climate, are in range of this discourse. This series offers reflections from sang

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