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Kamalashila: This is a doorway into what I do. I practice and teach to the best of my ability Buddhist methods of self liberation. These I learnt initially from my root teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita. Since the ordination he gave me in 1974 I’ve been exploring what I write about here in some depth.
I have lived many years on retreat — as part of a semi monastic community, as a hermit for four years, and on many shorter solitary retreats — as well as in ordinary society.
I have learned much from living 20 years as a ‘monk’, i.e. in our
Triratna tradition a celibate Anagarika, and over the last decade as a married man. Both lifestyles have been rewarding in different ways.
I have been active establishing the
Triratna Order and the beauty of its approach, founding Dharma centres in London and Wales. I have written a well received book on meditation, and intend to write more, perhaps using material from this website.
There’s more about me
here. I currently live in London, teach at the West London Buddhist Centre, enjoy deepening my experience and communicating the amazingness of Buddhism.

Below are some old talks I like. There’s lots more material in the
menus & submenus at the top right: Basic Meditation instruction, Talks about Living Dharma, More advanced meditation, and more. Take a look.
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Spiritual Rebirth
A talk about how passion can be transformed by insight and serve the needs of others. With examples from Kamalashila's long solitary, exploring the nature of spiritual rebirth, the radical transformation of being that emerges from insight.
 
"…Embodied beings like ourselves are subject to unpredictable changes which just go on, on and on forever in the familiar world of impermanence, change, and endless varieties of suffering: that's the familiar kind of rebirth—a new life, but not essentially different from the old one.  Spiritual rebirth is a radically transformed life that starts when we see outside those karmically conditioned changes.  We poke our heads through the shell of ignorance, see the boundless spaces of nirvana, and step out into those spaces...


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Pasted Graphic Bodhicitta, Boundless View
Teachings on the Brahmaviharas from Buddhafield's Total Immersion Retreat 2016, ‘Where Love Meets Wisdom'.

"The Buddha said that all conditioned phenomena are dukkha, not ever offering complete satisfaction. That includes nice things; includes very, very nice things that entail a huge degree of satisfaction, but in the end there's nothing that lasts or can be relied on. This truth does not have to be viewed as some kind of problem; we should just rely on what can be relied on and enjoy life as it comes. Our nature is realisation and there's a joy in that which goes far beyond any ordinary temporary joy.

With that, reflect on the Bodhicitta, the ardent desire or the passion for realisation.

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