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    Love and Rage - Bodhilila with Lama Rod Owens (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 433)

    Love and Rage - Bodhilila with Lama Rod Owens (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 433)

    In this final episode of the current season of the podcast, Bodhilila, Chair of the West London Buddhist Centre, is in conversation with Lama Rod Owens, bestselling author of ‘Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger’. 




    Their exchange weaves across a number key Dharma threads, beginning with a sense of how being in the body can be a way to step out of systems that stop us reaching our full potential as human beings; a way to reclaim agency and autonomy; and a place for the aspiration to grow beyond our own sufferings and limited self-views.




    Diversity in its fullest, most positively abundant sense, is never far away; nor is a sharp awareness of the need to turn aside from hatred towards empathy and compassion, always from a place of being well resourced. “It’s a hard thing to hear,” says Lama Rod. “When you think you’re normal but your normality comes at the expense of large groups of people, to the detriment of other people. But that’s not the same thing as hate.” We hear how vital it remains to continue to see that everyone deserves to be happy.




    All this is particularly relevant to conversations about race, power and injustice, of course, but this episode keeps us clearly in the realm of Buddhist practice and the perspectives it has to offer a world both deeply familiar with suffering and simultaneously longing to escape it. Empathy is the key to humanizing people, and here two friends and respected Dharma teachers from different traditions open up the deepest possibilities of that empathy for all of us: liberation of the body, mind and heart.




    Show Notes


    Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger by Lama Rod Owens
     


    Watch the full event on YouTube–and subscribe!

    West London Buddhist Centre
     


    Lama Rod Owens also featured on 'The Gen-X 2019 Podcast' (Episode 362)
     

    Conversations About Race - A series from The Buddhist Center Online, curated by Vimalasara




    Visit Lama Rod Owens' personal website




    Get the Buddhist Voices podcast




    Follow the Free Buddhist Audio podcast





    Follow the Dharmabytes podcast

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    • 45 min
    Vidyamala, OBE! - A Platinum Jubilee Honour for Breathworks (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 432)

    Vidyamala, OBE! - A Platinum Jubilee Honour for Breathworks (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 432)

    We're on the road this week with a festive episode of the podcast to celebrate Vidyamala: the extraordinary inspiration behind Breathworks who has just been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List. She has been honoured for her Services to Wellbeing and Pain Management as Co-founder of Breathworks, an organisation which teaches mindfulness-based approaches to people coping with pain, illness and stress.

    In a riot of birdsong, on a beautiful day in early summer, we were delighted to be able to join Vidyamala in her garden just after the news broke, along with her partner Sona, and her friend Aryajaya. As well as marking the occasion, we remember the very hard road travelled through pain that led to the foundation of Breathworks and its vital contribution to the welfare of so many people.

    Having passed on her wisdom to over 600 accredited trainers in 35 countries, Vidyamala's work isn't "just mindfulness"—it's now a whole transformative movement capable of reaching deep into society. In Vidyamala's approach the simple application of awareness and kindness becomes an emotionally intelligent and deeply responsive re-imagining of the Buddhist path itself, ready to meet the huge challenges of suffering in the 21st Century. Vidyamala has brought this beautiful work to bear in her own life with great courage, grace and equanimity, opening up portals to freedom in hearts and minds all around the world.

    Show notes
    Visit Breathworks

    See the Breathworks' course on Mindfulness for Managing Long Covid

    Read more about Vidyamala's OBE

    Listen to Vidyamala on this podcast back in March 2020: The Blue Sky at the Heart of the Body





    Visit Vidyamala's personal website

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    • 25 min
    War and Peace: Living Buddhism in Poland (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 431)

    War and Peace: Living Buddhism in Poland (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 431)

    When tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees began to cross the border with Poland, the Triratna community at Krakow Buddhist Centre got involved with the same great generosity that has marked the Polish people's response to war flaring up uncomfortably close to home.

    In this episode we hear from Saddhajala and Nityabandhu on the ground in Krakow—not just about the war in Ukraine but about how Buddhist practice has enabled them to meet the crisis and try to bring to life "a blueprint for a new world". By turning their Centre into a place of refuge they have been able to help with families seeking shelter and live out their own ideals. It has made a difference.

    A moving conversation about practical love and a community of friends finding new cultural expression for Buddhism in their own language as a way to get ready to meet the worst of the world with the best of it. And save Simon the bulldog!

    Show notes
    Sanghaloka - Buddhism in Krakow and Warsaw (Polish)

    Sanghaloka -  Buddhism in Krakow and Warsaw (English)

    Gallery from the creation of a Buddhist Centre for Krakow

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    • 32 min
    Telling the Story of Sangharakshita (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 430)

    Telling the Story of Sangharakshita (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 430)

    Some of the team at the Urgyen Sangharakshita Trust join us for a deep dive into the art of digital storytelling and biographical work online, as we hear about the ongoing creative challenges involved in helping a spiritual community hold the legacy of their teacher across generations.

    Sangharakshita was a brilliant, complex, sometimes provocative and controversial figure. He was also a friend, a thinker, a writer, and a hundred other things besides. Prajnaketu and Suryanaga discuss with us the making and remaking involved in creating a new web-based life of the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community and Order. The conversations steers between reverence for what has been given and experimentation around what's ahead as we plot a course through the digital landscape of Tik Tok, dank memes, and new social media.

    The modern web opens up new possibilities for carrying the learnings and lessons of the past. This is a great collective reflection on lineage, history, and possibility as we continue Sangharakshita's great work of renewing an approach to the Dharma for the modern world.

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    Show Notes
    Visit the new Sangharakshita.org

    Explore and subscribe to the new online life of Sangharakshita

    The archive project at Urgyen House

    Triratna Picture Library (Sangharakshita's photograph archives)

    Sangharakshita's essay reflecting on gratitude in the Garava Sutta

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    • 45 min
    The Earth as Source of Inspiration - Paramananda & Maitridevi in Conversation (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 429)

    The Earth as Source of Inspiration - Paramananda & Maitridevi in Conversation (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 429)

    This week's episode is a wonderful conversation from our archive of live events here on The Buddhist Centre Online, featuring our host Paramananda and his guest Maitridevi, Chair of Taraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre for Women in Wales.

    Starting from a poem by W.S. Merwin, an initial conversation about gratitude for life despite all our knowledge of sorrows blooms into a shared set of reflections on impermanence, on our lack of centrality as a species, and on meditation as an exchange of gifts between us and the earth.

    How do we activate a sense of everything being alive? Maitridevi evokes ideas of a 'Buddhist Animism', and of the personification of the earth as Green Tara, derived from Dridha, the ancient Indian earth goddess. She and Paramananda explore the shamanic, the punk, the Delphic and oracular; all in the service of uncovering how genuinely sacred wisdom and energy might be said to come up out of the earth. This is an intimate, ultimately encouraging exchange about the great conundrum and tension there to be experienced in anyone's spiritual practice: that the world is a mess, and yet the world is always awakening.

    Join Paramananda and Maitridevi under the great tree of life, beneath the vast, open sky...

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    Show notes
    Download all the notes from 'Sources of Inspiration and watch the series on YouTube

    W.S. Merwin, 'Thanks' (from ‘Migration: New and Selected Poems’)





    W.S. Merwin, ‘Thanks’ (slightly different version)





    ‘The Blue Marble’ (the earth seen from Apollo 17, original photograph, 1972)





    ‘The Blue Marble’ (updated image, 2002)





    The concept of ‘Viriditas’ or 'Greenness' (as employed by Hildegard von Bingen)





    Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake





    About Timothy Morton





    ‘A reckoning for our species’(on Timothy Morton)





    Maitridevi and Taraloka on YouTube

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    • 31 min
    The Sound of One Hand (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 428)

    The Sound of One Hand (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 428)

    Sometimes a new Dharma book turns up that manages to seem both effortlessly profound and very funny. Of course, Satyadasa's The Sound of One Hand is actually the product of hard-won experience, and we're delighted to welcome him to the podcast to talk about his wonderful memoir as a tale of struggle, inspiration and the meeting of twin lineages in his life: Dharma practice and family.

    We hear Satyadasa's account of the challenges and joys to be had figuring out how to find a spiritual path when you have a "visible disability" (he was born without his left hand fully formed). Learning to do this within established communities, institutions, and set ways of conceiving of a Buddhist life was the cause of much soul-searching, but Satyadasa has wry anecdotes to spare as he freewheels like his hero Bob Dylan from childhood meditation experiences with his grandfather to studies at Oxford to Buddhist London in the early part of this century.

    No one is fixed, Satyadasa reminds us, and this conversation is also a reflection on telling your life story as a deeply creative act: a way to discover more about the past than you could ever have known otherwise. And to bring into the light your own trove of learning about friendship, love, loss, doubt, and the courage needed to transcend the constrictions of self-view.

    Join us to discover the sound of one hand as it echoes across the airwaves and around the world.

    Show Notes
    Buy The Sound of One Hand by Satyadasa

    Read a review of The Sound of One Hand

    Visit the London Buddhist Centre

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    • 45 min

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