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The Buddhist Society: The Triratna Buddhist Community
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People who bought this also bought. Non-Fiction Books. Additional Product Features Author s. Show more Show less. Buddhafield is a unique phenomena in the history of Western Buddhism: a joyous, hard-working, idealistic, experimental, Dharma-practicing community of men, women and children who take delight in Dharma practice out-of-doors, in the woods and fields of England. This book sets out to document the many facets of the Buddhafield project, and to explore something of its unique approach to Dharma practice - centred as it is on a love of the elements and community, with a deep appreciation of inter-connectedness and the need for a comprehensive approach to environmental and ecological ethics.
At its core is a collection of ten Dharma talks by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, of which Buddhafield is a part. There's also a full introduction to the many facets of the project, a brief history, a fine collection of photographs, and a series of practical instructions ranging from how to build a geodesic dome to how to make a hot tub to how to make a vegan 'shepherdess pie' for people - all as used in Buddhafield. The book has been produced as Buddhafield prepares to celebrate the 20th Buddhafield Festival, a much-loved annual gathering of some 4, people, with a unique 'no-drink-no-drugs' approach to alternative festival-going, asking people to cultivate instead an atmosphere of 'clear and radiant awareness'.
And two handsome volumes of transcripts of over of his lectures including many many classics.
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Designed to be read in exactly minutes, each book consists of 50 two-page chapters, each readable in just two minutes. At the same time, every section of the minute Buddha is meticulously grounded in Buddhist scripture, mostly the Pali Canon.
Highly recommended! By developing a calm awareness of your body and your pain, you can learn to let go of the frustration and suffering that you associate the pain with, and the pain will reduce. Work deadlines, to-do lists, family commitments, pressure to perform… Our frantic lives demand so much from us that we can often feel locked into a cycle of frustration, anxiety and stress, unable to tackle the tasks before us or see a way out of our habitual ways of thinking and doing things.
Yet there is a way out. The simple mindfulness techniques at the heart of this book have been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving and decision making. Available in paperback and kindle formats, also in translation. The Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue is an initiative that aims to bring a broad selection of work in all artistic disciplines into contact with the wider Triratna Buddhist movement. It hopes to shed light on the process of creating a Buddhist culture and society that is relevant and accessible to modern people. The challenge of building this new society is open to anyone who wishes to be involved and as such this volume has been distributed to all major Triratna Centres across six continents.
Available in hardback and pdf. Watch Sangharuchi Introducing it on YouTube here ….
A long-awaited print version of the popular Buddhist mantra website: visiblemantra. This is a celebration of the visual forms of mantra and other varieties of sacred speech, drawing on Buddhist traditions from India, China, Japan, and Tibet. The book includes all the mantras from the website, plus a few more.
An invaluable resource for Buddhist artists, calligraphers and practitioners. Growing up in the modern world, our children have to cope with ever-increasing amounts of stress, which can hinder their development. The ancient wisdom of Buddhism, with its emphasis on peace, love and compassion, is the ideal basis for helping any child to face these challenges with inner confidence and calm. For those not ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order, the practices associated with the first two are emphasised, though the spirit of the last two is also taught.
Centres also teach scripture, yoga and other methods of self-improvement, some of which are felt by some commentators to come from outside the Buddhist tradition. As among Buddhists generally, Puja is a ritual practice at some events, intended to awaken the desire to liberate all beings from suffering.
The most common ritual consists of a puja, derived and adapted from the Bodhicaryavatara of Shantideva. Retreats provide a chance to focus on meditational practice more intensely, in a residential context outside of a retreatant's everyday life. Retreat lengths vary from short weekends to one or two weeks. Businesses, said to operate to the principle of "right livelihood", generate funds for the movement, as well seeking to provide environments for spiritual growth through employment.
The largest community business was Windhorse:Evolution, a gift wholesaling business and a chain of gift shops.
Many cities with a Triratna centre also have a residential community. The first of these was formed after a retreat where some participants wanted to continue retreat-style living. Since it was felt that the most stable communities tended to be single sex, this has become the paradigm for communities. The largest Triratna centre in the UK is the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green , East London , which offers drop-in lunchtime meditation sessions each weekday, open to beginners, as well as courses and classes through the week. The centre's courses for depression, based on the mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy methodology of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Amherst , featured in the Financial Times in The Times has also reported on the centre's work with those affected by alcohol dependency .
The Triratna Buddhist Order is the focal-point of the community,  and is a network of friendships between individuals who have made personal commitments to the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha, in communion with others. At ordination they are given a religious name in Pali or Sanskrit. A small number of members, however, take vows of celibacy and adopt a simpler lifestyle. Contrary to the traditional Buddhist structure of separating lay and monastic members, the order combines monastic and lay lifestyles under one ordination,  a practice not dissimilar to that which evolved in some Japanese schools of Buddhism.
As with followers of the Shingon school of Buddhism, order members observe ten precepts ethical training rules. The karma sections of the fundamental meditation texts of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism also list these acts as basic guidelines for lay or ordained practitioners intent on observing the law of cause and effect.
Beyond this, a commitment to personal dharma practice and to remain in communication with other members are the only expectations. In mid, there were around 1, members of the order, in more than 20 countries. In the Triratna community, as in the Theravada , Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions, sangha is interpreted as the Buddhist community as a whole. Someone who regularly attends community activities is considered to be a "friend". Friends do not have to regard themselves as Buddhists, and can be of any faith, or none. Some choose, after some time, to participate in a formal ceremony of affiliation, and thus become a "mitra.
Those who wish to join the Order must request this in writing. It will then take several years to prepare for ordination. This is an informal process, the focus of which is to deepen one's commitment.