Kindness Changes Everything

Le 28 January 2016

The Buddha first taught loving-kindness to a group of monks who had been practicing meditation in a forest. The monks were fearful that the spirits of the forest did not want them there and that the spirits were going to attack them. Although the monks were probably just afraid of the dark, their fear became anger toward the forest, and their anger became hatred. And, of course, when one is feeling angry, unsafe, and resentful it becomes more and more difficult to (...) continue


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Ivolginsky Datsan, Buddhist Temple, Siberia

Ivolginsky Datsan, located in East Siberia near Lake Baikal, is the most important Buddhist monastery in Russia. It is also home to a phenomenon that continues to intrigue scientists and attract believers by the thousands — the preserved body of the Khambo Lama, who died in 1927 and is still sitting upright in the lotus position. The datsan was opened in 1945 as the only Buddhist spiritual centre of USSR. In the course of time the little "Khambin’s sume" changed into the Monastic centre with (...) continue

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Dechen Chöling

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Mahosadha Jataka - Mahosadha, the clever Sage

MAHOSADHA JATAKA Mahosadha, the clever Sage King Vedeha, in his palace, laments the attack on his Kingdom In the Kingdom of Mithila ruled a king called Vedeha, who was instructed in the ways of the law by four sages. At dawn one morning the king was awakened by a fantastic and frightening dream. His whole world had been illumined by fire which rose in four columns from the corners of the world. Suddenly in the center a fifth flame arose, which was at first only the size of a firefly. As King Vedeha watched, the fifth flame grew in height and glory until it encompassed all the other pillars of fire. At the same time multitudes of people passed through the flames without harm. (...) continue

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A Look at the Kalama Sutta

A Look at the Kalama Sutta by Bhikkhu Bodhi In this issue of the newsletter we have combined the feature essay with the "Sutta Study" column as we take a fresh look at an often quoted discourse of the Buddha, the Kalama Sutta. The discourse — found in translation in Wheel No. 8 — has been described as "the Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry," and though the discourse certainly does counter the decrees of dogmatism and blind faith with a vigorous call for free investigation, it is problematic whether the sutta can support all the positions that have been ascribed to it. On the basis of a single passage, quoted out of context, the Buddha has been made out to be a pragmatic empiricist (...) continue


Burmese Buddhist Monastery opens in Finland

Jan 5, 2009 Kuopio, Finland — The first Burmese Buddhist monastery in Finland was officially consecrated in Kuopio on 3 January by five monks led by Penang abbot U Pannya Wuntha and abbot U Uttara of London’s Sasana Ramsi Vihara. The Buddha Dhamma Ramsi monastery was set up by Burmese Buddhists living in Finland with the help of the abbots, according to monastery secretary Kyaw Htay. "A monk who is currently serving in London will come to reside here and we are expecting another from the foreign missionary board,” he said. “We have agreed to see to their material needs." Kyaw Htay said around 300 people took part in the ceremony, which marked the culmination of more than three years’ (...) continue

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February-March 2016: Retreat Program

Confidence in Relationships - Meditation Weekend 19 - 21 February 2016 With: Shastri Simon La Haye, Ute Reinhart-La Haye A weekend with mindfulness meditation instruction, talks and exercises. Taught in French, translation upon demand. The Voice - Inner Resonance 22 - 26 February 2016 With: Frank Kane Taught by Frank Kane, this exploratory singing workshop will allow us to release untapped vocal resources and deepen the connection to our voices, to each other, and to ourselves. NonViolent Communication and Meditation Retreat 24 - 27 February 2016 With: Alexis Proniewski Learn and practice the basics of Nonviolent Communication with the support of meditation. Taught in (...) continue