We are constantly looking for ways to make our space welcoming and inclusive, and we would like to remind everyone to follow some basic mindfulness practices to keep our sangha safe.
Work continues to extend our accommodation at Dharmadhara in Lake County. Windows, doors, and insulation are now complete. We hope to be done by mid-April. Watch this space!
Meanwhile if you'd like to help please visit our Dharmadhara page for information.
Vessantara led a retreat at Adhisthana exploring the Positive Emotion aspect of the Mandala of Spiritual Practice, taking it into the territory of bodhicitta - the union of compassion and wisdom. With bodhicitta, our heart is open to life and knows its true nature. So how do we open our heart? Do we prise it open, coax it, persuade it? Does it somehow open us? How do we avoid being overwhelmed when it does open? What other challenges come up, and how do we meet them?
Vidyamala explores the crucial place of awareness of vedana if we are to move from reactive states to more creative ones.
Estamos muy contentas de informarles que las siguientes mujeres recibieron su ordenación pública el día 20 de Octubre en el Centro Budista de la Ciudad de México.
We are delighted to let you know that the following women received their public ordination on the 20th October in the Buddhist Centre in Mexico City.
In October Mexico will once again host a convention for people in the Triratna Buddhist Order at the beautiful Chintamani Retreat Center near Cuernavaca. A retreat for people training for ordination is also being planned. It's wonderful to have this connection with people from the Buddhist Centers in Mexico City (Roma and Coyoacan) and Cuernavaca.
Women in the North American Triratna ordination process have expressed concern about the impact of air travel on climate change.
Sixteen members of the Core Sangha gathered at Dharmadhara to meditate and reflect on Stillness, Simplicity, and Contentment, focusing on the Satipatthana Sutta. Paramabodhi, who was visiting from the UK, led the retreat this year. He is an old friend to the sangha, having helped get the SFBC going in the early 90's before returning to London to work on his art.