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Transforming People's Lives in India

On the Bodhisattva Ideal retreat which ended yesterday, we were treated to a talk by Dhammachari Amoghasiddhi, an Indian Public Preceptor and Ordination Team member from Nagpur.

In the talk he spoke about the Bodhisattva Ideal in India. He vividly demonstrated how the Dhamma can radically transform people's lives, liberating them from a hellish existence. Using the examples of his own life, as well as the lives of Bhante Sangharakshita and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, he illustrated how if we are to live a meaningful life, we mustn't turn away from the suffering of others.

New Padmaloka Talks Now Available

Last month, the Mythic Context retreat took place at Padmaloka. This retreat is dedicated to exploring the realm of 'undefined and even indefinable meaning', using symbol and myth as a way to take us beyond our rational understanding.

During this retreat, some of the Ordination Team gave talks on how myth plays a part in their lives. Two of those talks, one by Padmasagara and one by Sanghadasa, are now available on Free Buddhist Audio, you can find them here:

Padmaloka Festival Day Talk Now Available

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 ©

An Invitation to the Brahma Viharas retreat

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

Click here for more info and bookings:

Padmaloka Festival Open Day nearly fully booked

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:

New Order Talk by Ratnaguna Available To All: The Study Group as Collective Practice

'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:

New 'Asking for Ordination' Page Now Live

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.

New Order Talk by Padmavajra Available To All

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.