Padmasambhava said, “Let these three expressions: I do not have, I do not understand, I do not know, be repeated over and over again. That is the heart of my advice.”
Sometimes we need to unlearn familiar practices so that we can rediscover them afresh and perhaps, in the state of openness this brings about, become receptive to the arising of insight. On this workshop-style evening, Bodhipaksa invites you to forget everything you know about the familiar practice of mindfulness of breathing, so that you can discover, or rediscover, its potential as a source of deep, calm, embodied joy, and as a gateway to Awakening.
Bodhipaksa’s sangha night with us on 26th February
28 West 27th Street #704, NYNY
Meditation along with simple Buddhist practices can radically transform your life. They can bring more energy, clarity and insight into your potential. This four-week course is an introduction into mindfulness, living with more integrity, and expanding our perspective. Through these techniques you will learn how to awaken positive emotions within yourself, free your mind and live with a greater of sense of purpose. This course is open to anyone with a desire to challenge the constraints that prevent us from realizing our limitless potential.
Dates: Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 18 (Monday nights) Time: 6:30-8:30pm Location: 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 Registration fee: $100
It has been with a mixture of sadness, joy and much gratitude, that we have marked the passing of Bhante Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community and Triratna Buddhist Order.
On Saturday 10th November the funeral of Urgyen Sangharakshita took place with an estimated 1,200 to 1,400 people attending the ceremony and burial in Adhisthana UK. The large gathering of people for Bhante’s funeral was, in fact, a small fraction of the international audience taking part by following the day live on Facebook and YouTube, and by participating in simultaneous events at Buddhist Centres around the world.
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.
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, titledIn Nativitate, vel Kalyāṇamitratā.
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.
A few sangha members from Sheffield start up a new Buddhist run business in the city; a vegetarian cafe called Dāna. Clear Vision spends a day with them hard at work and we hear about the setting up of the project.
Video of the wheel of life. The wheel of life is depicted on this 19th-century Tibetan Buddhist thangka. The world is shown in the hands of the demon Mara, indicative of temptation, death and impermanence.
The weekend of October 20-22, ten of us came together for an inaugural retreat at Blue Sky Refuge, a new retreat center in Stockton, NJ that has been started by NYC Sangha members Padmadharini and Elaine Smith.
The retreat started with Vajramati leading a dedication ceremony of the new shrine. We considered the lessons of the Madhupindika Sutta, also known as the Honey Ball Sutta. Our focus was on papancha, or the seemingly endless mental proliferation that can result when faced with significant life challenges. We also dedicated the retreat center with a wonderful five Buddha mandala ceremony created by Ananta. We wandered through the woods at night to make offerings at unique shrines set up at the four compass points on the property, and in the centre, the shrine room. We wish Padhmadharini and Elaine the best of luck in their new endeavor.
We first published a statement on this topic in 2015. In view of the even worse violence and dispossession now being suffered by the Rohingya people, its signatories have reissued the same statement, affirming now, more than ever, the Buddhist values of non-violence and loving kindness.
“We tend to imagine that we can only become addicted to a few sorts of things. But real addiction is about using something, anything, to keep our real emotions, fears, and hopes at bay. There are many more addicts among us than we think.” – Alain De Botton
Meditation has the power to show us our own mind, to open our hearts, to help us see with fresh eyes, to transform us and to show us new ways of being. With consistency and dedication, each practice can ‘take us all the way’ to transforming insight.
Yet what if you feel all over the place and pulled in different directions in your life? What if you are plagued by doubt and self-loathing? How do you find the freedom of letting go? And what about compassion? Do you sometimes have questions about where you are going with your meditation? There is a way to have an overview of our practice and to have a way to guide ourselves in meditation according to our needs.
In the Triratna Buddhist Community, we have been exploring the benefits of the ‘System of Practice’ for decades. The Triratna system of meditation can be seen as a set of meditations that you progress along, or as a ‘mandala’ a circle or spiral of practices, which you go around in order to approach the center, Enlightenment. This system reflects the two main approaches to meditation found in virtually all Buddhist schools: samatha (‘calming’) and vipassana (‘insight’), and Just Sitting, in which simply sits with whatever happens in awareness, without attaching to it or rejecting it.