Rejoicing Brian Waldbillig

On Sunday, 11th March 2018, we rejoiced the life of our dear friend Brian Waldbillig.

We met at the Lucid Body House on Lexington Avenue, ant the event was well attended by Brian’s sangha and non-sangha friends. Guests of honor were Brian’s dear friend, Stephen, and his beloved dog, Dante. Dante padded around during the proceedings, personally greeting the guests.

The program was led by Vajramati, Brian’s close friend and mentor. Vajramati gave an overview of Brian’s life and followed with an explanation of the Buddhist view of death.

Vajramati then led the Refuges and Precepts call and response chanting.

Anne followed with a reading of the Karaniya Metta Sutta, the Buddha’s teaching on the development of loving kindness.

Next, Fay and Neil performed a piece of original work by Brian, titled On Compassion of the Tree.

Ananta then recited the Amitabha mantra in chanting style.

We then reflected silently for a short period.

Vajramati rang the bell for the first time, and we began rejoicing in Brian. Friends celebrated by sharing loving thoughts and memories of Brian and reading poems in his honor. Contributors included Vajramati, Laura, Anne, Fay, Liesl, Gary, Padhma Dharini, Danakamala, Zack, Alyssa, Lara, Savannah, Ananta, Byron and Kim.

The bell was rung again, and Fay and Laura performed another original piece by Brian, titled In Nativitate, vel Kalyāamitratā.

Vajramati then led the Transference of Merit.

The bell was rung a final time, and everyone was invited for a period of socializing and food.

It was a wonderful day.

Brian was loved, and his absence is deeply felt.

~ Anne Donnelly Bush

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Engaged Buddhist Training

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Engaged Buddhist Training from ecodharma centre on Vimeo.

To meet the social and ecological challenges of our times requires deep inner resources, interpersonal skills and fresh political thinking. Engaged Buddhist Training equips us for this kind of radical inner and outer transformation. Check out the work we’ve been developing at ecodharma.com. We hope it inspires you to join us!

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Meetings with Dhardo Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita’s main teachers. (part one)

Meetings with Dhardo Rimpoche (part one) from Clear Vision Trust on Vimeo.

In 1987 Clear Vision filmed Dhardo Tulku Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita’s main teachers and friends, whose life profoundly influenced how the FWBO/Triratna Buddhist Community developed. Two fascinating programmes resulted.

In part one Dhardo Rimpoche talks about: his discovery as an incarnate Lama; the early years of training; his gurus; why he journeyed to India; developing a monastery at Bodh Gaya; major turning points in his spiritual life and the importance of meditation.

Watch part two here vimeo.com/30390744

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Mindfulness in Times of Uncertainty

 

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Most of us don’t know if, at this very moment, we are in the middle of our lives or living our last few days. Probably few of us even think about this very often.

The fact that our wonderful human lives hang by a thread is what motivates many Buddhist practitioners to live each passing moment to the full, and to grow spiritually in the process. To do so requires the skill of becoming increasingly aware of our decisions – all of them – gradually making them more wise and compassionate.
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Padmasambhava Mantra

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from Longing by Mahasukha

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A second Vajra Guru mantra. This one inspired by, and based on a mantra written by Richard Page which he performs in this ‘Rest in Natural Great Peace’ YouTube:

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So I’m indebted to Richard Page.

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Oṃ Āḥ Hūṃ Vajra Guru Pema Siddhi Hūṃ

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from Longing, released 24 April 2011
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Laura asks for Ordination

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Laura just after asking for ordination with Vajramati.

“Asking for ordination was a big step for me but definitely a positive one. As with many decisions I make, I thought it through ad nauseam. I meditated about it, hashed it out in my mind several times for several weeks and then I virtually woke up one morning and it was crystal clear. Why not I asked myself? I already feel committed to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Since I began practicing over seven years ago I’ve been moving toward The Three Jewels but maybe wasn’t as aware of it as I currently am (I wasn’t as aware of many things prior to my practice). Triratna is definitely my spiritual community so what’s the problem? When I allowed my mind to settle down and think more skillfully, I realized Gong for Refuge just makes sense and is the “natural” next step for me and my practice.

Nothing has moved me in such a profound way as The Three Jewels and my aspiration and intention is that they are at the center of my life. Going For Refuge is my formal commitment to that end and I’m so privileged to be on this path with so many others who share the journey. If that’s not skillful, I don’t know what is!!”

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