Last Sunday we hosted our first ever Open Festival Day. It was a wonderful day with an atmosphere of celebration, friendship and appreciation.
During the day, Padmavajra gave a talk entitled 'The Buddha, Memory and the Bodhisattvas'. That talk is now available on Free Buddhist Audio.
You can find it here: http://bit.ly/PadmalokaFestivalDay
detail of Buddha Tile line drawings by Aloka ©
The ‘sublime abidings’ – metta or loving-kindness, mudita or sympathetic joy, karuna or compassion, and upekkha or equanimity – are a series of profound meditation practices that help us integrate and refine our emotional experience.
This retreat is for mitras and Order members.
You can find a video from Sanghanistha inviting you to the retreat here: http://bit.ly/Brahmaviharas
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In less than two weeks we will be hosting the Padmaloka Festival Open Day, which is getting close to becoming fully booked. This will be a day of Dharma practice and celebration, and an opportunity for everyone to benefit from the unique conditions offered by Padmaloka and its spectacular shrine room.
If you'd like to join us for the day then make sure to book your place soon:
'Dharma study' is more than just discussing and reflecting about how to put the Dharma into practice once the study is over; It is a practice in its own right.
This talk was given by Ratnaguna during the Men's Area Order Weekend at Padmaloka in May 2019. It is worth watching by anyone who has an interest in studying the Dharma with others.
You can watch the talk on Youtube:
To help any you considering this deeply significant step, we've added a new page that gives a brief overview of this area. Do have a look if this is something you are thinking about and do share it with anyone you know who is considering asking to join the Triratna Buddhist Order.
You will find the page here we have also included it on this website's main menu to ensure it is easy to find. We hope you find it helpful.
Last month, we held our first Spring Short Order retreat. The theme of the retreat was 'A Boundless, Inconceivable Light', the main focus of the retreat was on Green Tara, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita's Yidam which he was given by Chattrul Sangye Dorje in 1956.
Towards the end of his life, Bhante wrote a paper entitled 'Green Tara and the Fourth Lakshana' in which he drew out the importance of beauty and its link with the figure of Green Tara.
You now have the opportunity to contribute to the Padmaloka Shrine Room by giving a donation and then painting a pre-printed 29 x 29cm wooden tile with a specially designed line drawing of the Buddha by Aloka, which will help to fill the walls with tens and possibly even hundreds of Buddhas.
The aim from the start has been to make the entire Shrine Room a gateway, to fill every square inch of the walls with the abundance of Enlightenment so that paintings cease to be paintings and we find we are standing on the threshold of something entirely Other.
Following on from the talk posted yesterday on 'Ordination Essentials', this talk from Satyaraja is about the 'Meditation Essentials' for those training for Ordination. This is based on his many years working on the Ordination Team and leading meditation retreats here at Padmaloka and in many other places.
The talk was given at Padmaloka during the 'Ordination Team Training' retreat, a retreat for Order Members that are helping men move towards Ordination in their local context.