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The Ethical Foundations of Metta

The Ethical Foundations of Metta from thebuddhistcentre on Vimeo.

The second presentation on the Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata retreat, held at Adhisthana in 2017, on the theme of Metta and Bodhicitta.

Dhammarati takes us through the ethical foundations of Metta expressed in the Karaniya Metta Sutta, drawing out their relationship with attha, or ‘the good’.

Following a quote from James Hillman:
“Purpose in our lives doesn’t usually appear as a clearly framed goal, it appears more likely as a troubling unclear urge coupled with a sense of dutiful importance. This sense of purpose comes with a force but what it is and how to get there remains unclear”, Dhammarati likens this “unclear and troubling urge” to the experience of attha in the midst of our lives, and articulates how cultivating the foundational ethical qualities in the Metta Sutta – of uprightness, humility, gentleness and so on – support the process of our path towards the ‘good’.

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Triratna@50 – For the Welfare of the World

Subhuti at The London Buddhist Center, April 2017.

The fire of peace has been ignited in the world by the Buddha. It burns brightly today in the Triratna Order and movement, and inspired by Sangharakshita’s vision will burn well into the future – but how do we fan the flames so that the heat of practice transforms the world?

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Questions to ask a Buddhist

Study course in Buddhist philosophy

Questions to ask a Buddhist. This is designed to be a study course that takes Buddhism seriously on a philosophical level by studying its arguments with an eye to seeing which arguments hold up well and which fail to be fully convincing. It is not meant to be an exegesis of Buddhist scriptures or a doctrinal history of particular schools, but a systematic discussion of issues. The principal sources of information on the issues discussed are Indian Buddhist treatises, but there are occasional discussions of those issues as they were treated by Tibetan and East Asian Buddhists, as well as by non-Buddhists in various cultural settings. Although all of what is dealt with here with has been discussed by Buddhists in the distant past, it is hoped that the topics chosen have universal appeal and are still of philosophical interest today. While many of the arguments studied were initially made long ago, an attempt has been made to illustrate them with examples that people living in today’s world can readily find relevant. In short, this course is based on the conviction that if Buddhist philosophy was ever worth examining seriously to assess its merits and shortcomings, it still is.

Richard P. Hayes (Dayāmati Dharmacārin, TBO) received a doctorate from University of Toronto’s Sanskrit and Indian Studies department in 1982. He taught comparative religions and Indian philosophy at University of Toronto before taking a position in 1988 in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, where he taught intermediate and advanced Sanskrit and several courses in Buddhist thought. He returned to his native New Mexico in 2003, teaching Asian philosophies in the Department of Philosophy at The University of New Mexico until his retirement in 2013. He now lives in Jemez Springs, NM.

 

Questions to ask a Buddhist

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Mindful Meditation Retreat

June 1, to June 6, 2017 Mindful Meditation Retreat
ANAPANASATI SUTTA (MINDFULNESS OF BREATHING)

Our peace of mind is frequently sabotaged by our predilection for addictive, short-term pleasures (buying, escapist entertainment, obsessive thinking). Yet often we feel an underlying dis/ease. No matter how much we get, we realize it’s all going to end at some point, and we’ll be exposed to loss and separation.

The retreat will be primarily in silence with specific instructions and teaching by Padmadharini, a member of the Triratna International Buddhist Community, and an accredited mindfulness teacher.

While the lures of money, objects, and power lose their appeal, liberation through spiritual practice provides a complete form of happiness. Through meditation, we discover a calmness and ease that doesn’t require chasing fleeting pleasures. This is what the awakened mind is, and it is always within our reach.

During this five-day retreat, we will explore the Buddha’s celebrated teachings on the mindfulness of breathing, also known as the Anapanasati Sutta. These specific instructions for meditation are designed to help use awareness of breathing to bring us fully into the present moment in a direct and open way. The Sutta lists sixteen steps to relax and compose the mind. The Buddha states that mindfulness of the breath, “developed and repeatedly practiced, is of great fruit, great benefit.” Ultimately, it can lead to “clear vision and deliverance.”

The retreat will be mostly in silence, with opportunities each day to explore the progressive stages of mindfulness of body, feelings, mind and mental events. Specific instructions include: posture, steady awareness with the breathing body, working with hindrances such as restlessness and sleepiness, and the cultivation of mental absorptions (jhanas).

The retreat will be held at Blue Sky Mind community, a small practice community structured to support and promote deepening practice. Retreat practice includes sitting and walking meditation, one-on-one meditation reviews, and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Dates:
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 6:00pm
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 1:00pm

Cost: $300-360 (residential), $200-$260 (camping), $75 (daily rates)
All pricing options include food.

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Blue Sky Community
315 Geigel Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972
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Email Padma (dhpadmadharini@gmail.com) for more information

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Celebrating 50 years of Triratna Buddhist Community in the UK

Celebrating 50 years of Triratna Buddhist CommunityTwo days celebrating 50 years of Triratna Buddhist Community through a mixture of talks, workshops, panel discussions with older + younger generations, interviews, Desert Island Discs, rituals, meditation, a new exhibition in the Sangharakshita Library + more…

Come for a day or come for the whole event, but please book and let us know when you will be here. There will be overnight accommodation available on Friday and Saturday nights if you’d like to stay over. The whole event will be run on a dana basis, with all donations going to the FutureDharma Fund

For more information and the full programme + to book: ADHISTHANA.org

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The Importance of Empathy in Everyday Life

Your most important skill: Empathy

Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to become happier the more you practice. I’ve never considered myself a real programmer. I know at this point it’s probably silly to say, but I started my scholastic and professional life as a musician, and I’ve never quite recovered from the Impostor Syndrome that comes with making such a shift. One of the faux-self-deprecations I use to describe myself is: “I”m a people person who just happens to express this tendency through programming and technology projects”.

More ……

More…lifehacker.com

From Chad Fowler
Your most important skill: Empathy

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“Unconditional love – really?”

“Unconditional love – really?”

“Unconditional love – really?”

Beyond acceptance and rejection:
the dharma of radical inclusivity.

Feb 17th– 20th 2017
A 3 Day Week-end Retreat led by Dharmacharini Viveka
Near Hudson, New York (Won Dharma Center)

“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.”
~ Dhammapada

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best, is love correcting everything that stands against love.”
~ Martin Luther King, 1967

Many of us are moving through worlds churning with confusion and conflict, be it internal struggles with parts of ourselves; discord within our families, communities and sanghas; or the deeply polarized forces characterizing society and public discourse at this time. What does it mean to engage creatively in these times, coming from love, no matter what?

Discomfort arises when we encounter situations and beliefs that don’t confirm our pre-existing beliefs. Awakening requires a heartfelt embrace of what we don’t yet know, and what we thought we knew but might be mistaken about. Inclusivity becomes truly potent when it includes that which makes us uncomfortable, a wonderful pointer to the edge of ignorance where awakening can emerge.

In polarized situations, the charged and protective emotions of fear and aversion easily arise. Activating awareness, we can listen for the underlying distress and root causes of suffering, which the Dharma points out, is always in a divided mind, the mind that creates “other”, and fears “other.”

On this retreat, we will draw from Buddhist teachings, meditation and contemplative practice to increase our ability to relate to discomfort, fear and aversion with a compassionate interest. This kind of active love and tolerance is a creative alternative to withdrawal and passivity and a crucial practice for navigating uncertainty and conflict.

 “Unconditional love and compassion may seem like quite a distant vision. Yet in each moment, there is the immediate possibility of opening to the whole of experience. From the perspective of an anxiously self-preserving mind, this can appear overwhelming and even hostile. To the trained mind of a practitioner, this love can become intimately trusted as a path to uprooting limiting views, the habits of racism, and all sorts of “othering” in how we relate.”
~ Viveka

LOCATION AND TIMES

Februrary 17th-20th (President’s Day Week-End)
This retreat is organized by the Triratna Buddhist Community of New York City, and will be held at the beautiful
Won Dharma Center in Claverak, near Hudson, NY.
Start time: 7pm on Friday February 17th
End time: noon on Monday February 20th

THE GIFT OF SILENCE

The retreat will be mostly silent except for instruction and mindful communication practices. The practice of silence, including taking a pause from electronic communication, is an invitation to simplify our activity, allowing stress to calm, and awareness to open and deepen.

FOOD AND WORK PERIODS

The food served will be vegetarian and mostly Korean menus, as we are hosted by the Won Buddhist Community. Cleaning tasks are shared by everyone on the retreat. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let the organizer know in advance, at retreats@triratna-nyc.org

FREE TIME

The Won Buddhist Retreat Center near Hudson, NY lies on over 400 beautiful acres and there will be time to explore the area, hike and/or just relax and enjoy nature. Acupuncture is also available by appointment.

EXPERIENCE WITH MEDITATION AND THE TRIRATNA BUDDHIST COMMUNITY

This retreat is designed for people with an established meditation and dharma practice, and is primarily for people who have some degree of experience or interest in the Triratna Buddhist Community. If you are unsure if this is suitable for you, we recommend getting in touch with the organizer at retreats@triratna-nyc.org

SLIDING SCALE

The sliding scale is $325/350/390 for spacious double or quad rooms, which are all on the ground floors and adjacent to bathrooms. Paying the higher end of the scale helps those who need a lower rate. Fees cover the 3 nights and all meals, but do not include optional dana for the teacher (Viveka is a volunteer – all fees go to support running costs.) Also, a limited number of single rooms are available on a first come first serve basis for a unique fee of $550, and cannot be discounted. If you are concerned about being able to come due to lack of funds please contact the organizer. We do have a modest scholarship fund that will be allocated, supported by the Council and the donations of community members.
Make your request to: retreats@triratna-nyc.org

Please register as soon as possible.

Unconditional love Feb 17th/20th 2017


 


ABOUT DHARMACHARINI VIVEKA CHEN

Ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1997, Viveka teaches Buddhism and meditation at the San Francisco Buddhist Center, as well as internationally. She is a certified coach, a facilitator and a nonprofit consultant; for over 25 years she has worked for social justice as an integral expression of her dharma practice. Viveka is engaged in making Buddhist teachings and meditation available to activists and people of color, and collaborating with other Buddhist traditions and social change organizations.

As private preceptor, Viveka mentors and trains individuals for ordination. She actively develops emerging teachers within Triratna, and held the role of Chairwoman of the San Francisco Center for 16 years.  She is also a facilitator and on the Steering Committee of the Triratna’s International Council of 50 order members from around the world meeting to promote connection and development across the Triratna tradition.

Viveka has longstanding connections to the wider Buddhist world, supporting the effort to engage communities more actively and collaboratively around the pressing matters of our times, racism and climate change to name a few. Within a multi-lineage team of leaders from different communities, Viveka planned and facilitated the 2013 Generation X Buddhist teacher’s conference. She also served on the steering committee of the 2015 Dharma Teachers Gathering, which brought together 200 Buddhist teachers across traditions.

The teaching in her name given to her at ordination, is to continue to practice socially engaged Buddhism in world while becoming free of conventional limitations. Today, she continues to weave a life of social and racial justice work, community building and family connection, and a contemplative practice deeply rooted in meditative experience. She teaches with an open and compassionate presence, and deep respect for those she works with.

Her writing appears in Dharma Culture and Color: New Voices in Western BuddhismThe Buddha’s Apprentices: More Voices of Young Buddhists, and Record of the Hidden Lamp: 100 Koans and Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women.

 

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The Worldly Winds: Being with Uncertainty

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The Worldly Winds: Being with Uncertainty

Join us for a practice weekend that will explore the Worldly Winds and a deepening exploration of uncertainty and instability.

As dh.Vishvapani notes:
“Everything that happens to us is impermanent. Things always change. However hard we work to establish favourable conditions, many things in our lives are entirely beyond our control and they change all the time in ways we cannot possibly predict or influence. That’s why our lives can never be perfect.”

(The Worldly Winds and Wisdom, Posted by Vishvapani on Mon, 10 October, 2011, The Buddhist Centre).
We will have periods of meditation in addition to supported body postures. Please wear loose, comfortable cloths.
Lunch will be served.

Open to all

Lead by Alyssa

 

We try to make these days as affordable as possible so you pay depending on your means
Sunday $50 or $65 or $75

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