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Aug 29

Exploring The Formless Realms

We are delighted to present a new article by Dharmacari Satyadhana for the Western Buddhist ReviewIt is a translation and commentary on a discourse from the Middle-length sayings of the Buddha, ‘The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness’, in which the Buddha teaches Ananda about how to dwell in the realization of ´sūnyatā or emptiness, by dwelling successively in each of a series of increasingly refined realizations called ‘the formless realms’. But the article is more than this - it is a commentary on how we ourselves can understand and practice with these formless realms, based on Satyadhana’s own experience.

We believe that this article represents an exciting development in our understanding of early Buddhism, as it opens up the meaning of some practices taught by the Buddha that have remained obscure. This article also represents an exciting development for Western Buddhist Review, as it is a valuable piece of scholarly translation, but concerned with practice and realisation. Most importantly, Satyadhana’s work puts some abstruse meditative teachings into contemporary language and experience - I imagine quite a few of us will be printing out the article and taking it on retreat!

Click here to find other articles from Vol.6.


Aug 26
Sanghrakshita cuts one of his many 89th birthday cakes!

Sanghrakshita cuts one of his many 89th birthday cakes!


Vidyaruchi presents the cake on behalf of the Dharmacharinis on the convention here at Adhisthana.

Vidyaruchi presents the cake on behalf of the Dharmacharinis on the convention here at Adhisthana.


Aug 20
Dharmic Receptivity - No. 1  The first edition of a new Buddhist magazine from London! We start with poet Michael Symmons Roberts talking about the sacred nature of things and what we are drawn towards.
Continuing the literary theme, Ollie Brock reviews the book ‘The Science Delusion’, which explores the nature of belief and science’s role in it.
Satyadasa launches into the relationship between inner mind and outer world, and explores the relationship between the environment and the mind, shedding light into a highly complex area of thought and action.
We also have an interview with Nagarakshita conducted just before she headed off on a 9-month solitary retreat; asking her how this helps the world, and exploring how mind affects experience as part of living a simple life.
And a poignant obituary of an old friend of the London Buddhist Centre offers a final teaching on the fleeting, transient nature of life.
For more follow the LBC on The Buddhist Centre Online!

Dharmic Receptivity - No. 1
The first edition of a new Buddhist magazine from London! We start with poet Michael Symmons Roberts talking about the sacred nature of things and what we are drawn towards.

Continuing the literary theme, Ollie Brock reviews the book ‘The Science Delusion’, which explores the nature of belief and science’s role in it.

Satyadasa launches into the relationship between inner mind and outer world, and explores the relationship between the environment and the mind, shedding light into a highly complex area of thought and action.

We also have an interview with Nagarakshita conducted just before she headed off on a 9-month solitary retreat; asking her how this helps the world, and exploring how mind affects experience as part of living a simple life.

And a poignant obituary of an old friend of the London Buddhist Centre offers a final teaching on the fleeting, transient nature of life.

For more follow the LBC on The Buddhist Centre Online!


Aug 19

Jnanadakini from Mexico joins us as our last Buddhist voice from the 2014 Triratna International Council. As the great assembly draws to a close she reflects with us on a strong week and the challenges in taking its inspiration back to a more isolated part of our community. Having moved from some scepticism about the value of the meeting to out and out enthusiasm, Jnanadakini is a great advocate of the spiritual practice involved in international gatherings!

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Aug 14

A great interview with two pioneering women - the first female Indian members of the Triratna Buddhist Order to come to the International Council to represent their respective strands. We hear about their home lives in India and their work within the Order there. And they share their inspiration from the Council, particularly around women taking responsibility and taking the lead in a spiritual community.

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Aug 13

Dharmananda from Sydney Australia joins us to discuss the well-established community Down Under, as well as his own practice of contemporary conscious homelessness. We hear about the challenges for a sangha that’s geographically distant from the other major Triratna Centres, and how the internationality aspect of the Council’s work helps people stay connected.

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Hear Vijaya and Maitriratna, tomorrow’s podcast - in English and in Hindi! #hindi #buddhism www.thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil
#triratna  (at Adhisthana)

Hear Vijaya and Maitriratna, tomorrow’s podcast - in English and in Hindi! #hindi #buddhism www.thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil
#triratna (at Adhisthana)


Dharmananda, today’s podcast hero… www.thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil
#triratna  (at Adhisthana)

Dharmananda, today’s podcast hero… www.thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil
#triratna (at Adhisthana)


Aug 12

An extract from a strong puja from the 2014 Triratna International Council, also featuring an extract from the Avatamsaka (Flower Garland) Sutra, the Ratana Sutta, and the Refuges and Precepts and Shakyamuni Mantra chanted Indian style…

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Aug 11
Brick shrine, little Buddhas (at Adhisthana)

Brick shrine, little Buddhas (at Adhisthana)


A delightful conversation today at the Triratna International Council with Vajrajyoti from Auckland, New Zealand, back for her second podcast after her debut at the last meeting in India. We reminisce about monkeys, talk about the challenge of language barriers to Dharma communities around the world, and appreciate the positive effects of internationality generally - especially in its ‘practice’ aspects! All in the rather beautiful, if rainy, English countryside around Adhisthana

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Aug 10
Vajrajyoti from Auckland, New Zealand: tomorrow’s podcast star! See www.thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil  (at Adhisthana)

Vajrajyoti from Auckland, New Zealand: tomorrow’s podcast star! See www.thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil (at Adhisthana)


Aryaketu from Maharashtra, India. Today’s podcast star at The Buddhist Centre Online ! See www.thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil

Aryaketu from Maharashtra, India. Today’s podcast star at The Buddhist Centre Online ! See www.thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil


A great conversation on today’s podcast with Aryaketu from India. Inspiring tales from his Aryaloka Computer Institute project teaching I.T. skills to women and men from amongst India’s poorest communities as a way out of poverty. And a rousing evocation of why the International Council represents something vital to the sangha in India and is, indeed, the flowering of Dr. Ambedkar’s vision for the Dalit community.

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