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- An invitation to the Summer Great Gathering - Break Out and Batter Down the Door -

Please follow this link to see Padmavajra’s invitation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK3YQPMuGkA

With the prospect of full lockdown coming to an end, we are all looking forward to greater freedom of movement. At this time of liberation, perhaps it would also be good to open up to other liberations: liberation from restrictive conditioning, from superficial contacts and from deep ignorance. And liberation into genuine spontaneity, deep friendship and the vastness of Reality.

- An Invitation to The Bodhisattva Ideal Online Retreat –

Please follow this link to see Padmavajra’s invitation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7S02fcmoow

Sangharakshita has likened the Triratna Buddhist Order to, and even identified it with, the eleven-headed and thousand-armed Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. He says of that identification that it is ‘Not just a manner of speaking, it’s not just a figure of speech. We should take it very seriously, even take it literally’.

- The Lion’s Roar – A New Talk by Padmavajra -

In this talk, Padmavajra tells us why the Buddha's communication of the Dharma is described as the Lion's Roar. He tells us that when the Buddha communicates, we sit up and listen very carefully because the King of Truth has spoken. He also tells us how, following the Buddha, the great Buddhist teachers have always attuned themselves to the aspirations and needs of particular individuals and cultures. Padmavajra brings this into his own times through explaining a teaching he received from his teacher, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita: the Six Dharmas of Protection.

- Covid Emergency in India: An Evening with Padmavajra and Friends -

The second wave of covid is causing poverty, distress and death in India. As a way of responding to these terrible circumstances, Padmavajra will give a live-streamed talk tomorrow evening from the Padmaloka shrine room. Join us for this special event to raise funds for the urgent Covid-19 care in India.

This worldwide event will take place on Tuesday the 20th of April at this time:

US PST 11:00 | US EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04:00 (next day) | New Zealand 06:00 (next day)

- Urgent Appeal for Order Members in India -

The Abhayaratna Trust is raising money to help support Indian Order Members and Mitras in India to pay for Covid treatment privately as the public hospitals are currently overwhelmed.
Seven Order members have died recently due to Covid and it may yet get worse.
The Abhayaratna Trust are also giving grants for families to support themselves who have been unable to work due to Covid.

Anapanasati - Mindfulness of Reality

We are all looking for some kind of liberation. This can be liberation from immediate psychological or emotional suffering, through to relief from deeper existential suffering. The Buddhadharma offers a clear path and method to relieve suffering. Through the simple act of paying attention to our breathing, bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts we are able to see into the constantly changing nature of reality and free ourselves from clinging. This makes it possible to purify and liberate ourselves.

Ten Pillars Online Retreat

The ten Dharmachari precepts are what an Order member lives by; they are what Sangharakshita has called ‘the Mula Pratimoksha’ – the basic ethical code.

We will study and practice these ‘Ten Pillars’ of Buddhism and of life in the Order on this retreat, as well as reflecting on and discussing them in the context of our spiritual lives.

This retreat takes place between 17th and 24h of April and is open for men who’ve asked for ordination as well as order members.

Just Sitting - A New Series of Talks by Satyaraja

We’re delighted to announce that a new series of talks from Padmaloka is now available on Freebuddhistaudio.com.

In these talks given during the Winter Retreat at Padmaloka last year on the theme of Just Sitting and the Diamond Sutra, Satyaraja introduces us to the Just Sitting practice.

Please follow this link to access the talk: https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC4961

'What is the Order?' - Available Spaces

We’re happy to announce that there are places available for the upcoming ‘What is the Order?’ online retreat here at Padmaloka.

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Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha needs a specific spiritual community for it to be fully expressed: it needs, in other words, an Order.

The Triratna Buddhist Order transcends the distinction between monk and lay and places the spiritual and existential act of Going for Refuge at its very heart.