Buddhafield Festival 2018 |
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Buddhafield Festival: Documentaries
Buddhafield Festival: Photos
Music and Performance
The Dharama Parlour
Talks from 2015
Featuring Alex Swain, Kamalanandi, Marie Thesbjerg & Mémé Watanabe, Jayaraja, Dharmashalin, Dhivan, Caroline Brazier, and KamalashilaShow more
- Alex Swain: Embodied Dharma: Love, Politics and Integrated Engagement
- Kamalanandi: Mindfulness and Parenting
- Marie Thesbjerg & Mémé Watanabe: Bhutan's Women of Buddha
- Jayaraja: Developing the Heart of the Buddha
- Dharmashalin: Developing the Heart of the Buddha
- Dhivan: Wild, Natural and Free
- Caroline Brazier: Whose Wolrd Are You In?
- Kamalashila: What on Earth is Awareness?
Talks from 2013
Featuring Advayasiddhi, Dhivan, Kulamitra, Maitridevi, Shantigarbha, and Christopher Titmuss Show more
- Workshop with Advayasiddhi: Introduction to Buddhism
New to Buddhism? Want to find out more what it's about after being at this lovely festival? This is for you!. Hear about the amazxing vision of freedom and happiness and how you can easily put some of its teachings into practice in your own life.
- Dhivan: The Buddha Broke my Heart...
The Buddha taught love as freedom of heart. But what if we get burned in love's fire? A talk on love, betrayal and broken-heartedness.
- Kulamitra: Warm our Hearts - Let the Rain Come In!
To develop loving kindness takes sustained effort at frequent intervals. Paradoxically this means spontanteous opening to all around us. Discover and practise our capacity to love rather than create new emotions.
- Maitridevi: The Tender Gravity of Kindness
How to find depth in a superficial world - a talk about love and longing and the way that they pull us deeper into life.
- Shantigarbha: The Empathic Buddha
How did the Buddha embody empathy? How did he make it the basis of compassion?
- Christopher Titmuss: Seeing Emptiness is True Love
Emptiness is the abiding home of the wise. The realisation of emptiness allows the natural movement of love. Love only expresses through Emptiness. Are you empty? Are you willing to be empty?
- Christopher Titmuss: Does Mindfulness Inhibit Love?
Mindfulness has become an industry for stress reduction. It is defined as being in the moment without judging the moment. When love emerges from the depth of our being, it expresses as action. One has then made a judgement to respond to a situation. So what is the connection between mindfulness and love?
Talks from 2012
Featuring Amaranatho, Dhivan, Khemasuri, Kulamitra, Mark Leonard, Lokabandhu, Padmadharini, Yanai Postelnik, and Vajrasara Show more
- Amaranatho: The key is in the door
Venerable Amaranatho, a wandering Buddhist monk explores freedom and why most of the time we don't want it.
- Dhivan: Doors to Freedom: The Buddha's Psychology of Liberation
A talk about some of the historical Buddha's ideas on how conscious awareness can influence unconscious patterns that keep us imprisoned in a fixed sense of self.
- Khemasuri: Living in an Illusion....Dying to Escape
A talk about everyday experience as virtual reality, focusing on death to turn towards the truth, and 'thin moments'.
- Kulamitra: Sitting with Suffering: Relaxing with Reality
We see joy and suffering around us. Narrow habitual reactions close us down. Learn how responding to Reality returns us to Life.
- Lokabandhu: Dharma Doorways and Deadends
Not all that glitters is gold. Exploring the fascinating Buddhist notion of 'near enemies', those seductive but misleading lookalikes to authentic spiritual qualities.
- Mark Leonard: Breaking Down barriers: Mind, Body and EnvironmentMindfulness changes the way we experience mind and body. How might embodied experience affect our relationship to ourselves, others and our environment?
- Padmadharini: “Not knowing it is near, they seek it afar. What a pity!” (Hakuin)
The gateways to freedom point to states of being that are always available in experience. How can looking honestly and fully at our present moment experience lead to this seeing?
- Yanai Postelnik: Living in Rental Accommodation: The Reality of Change
All conditioned things turn out to be unreliable. Recognising and accepting the truth of impermanence and insecurity allows us to let go into the vast truth of life, to live with an open heart amidst the unbounded nature of existence
- Vajrasara: Embracing Love
Vajrasara explores the joys and challenges of love, empathy, passion and compassion on the spiritual journey.
Talks from 2011
Featuring Amaragita, Amaranatho, Caroline Brazier, Lokabandhu, Dhivan, Jayaraja Kulamitra, Mark Leonard, and Vajrasara, Show more
- Amaragita: The Art of Awareness
“When I was 11 I drew a sign for my bedroom door saying 'Peace and Love'. A few days later I put up another one: ‘Private - keep out’. These two impulses are still alive and well today. My talk explores these two impulses”
- Amaranatho: Your Presents Make a Difference, a Buddhist monk, explores why an integrated practice helps ourselves, our relationships and society in general.
- Caroline Brazier: Finding Yourself in Love with the Earth
“Engaging with the natural world we reconnect with life. Environmentally based therapies challenge modern preconceptions of mental health, bringing about healing and personal change whilst supporting a perspective more appropriate to a planet in the grip of environmental crisis.”
- Dhivan: From Cosmic Evolution to Hatching Eggs — the Buddha's Teaching of Conditionality
In this talk Dhivan introduces themes from his recent book 'This Being, That Becomes: the Buddha's Teaching on Conditionality'.
- Jayaraja: This Crowded World and the Fight for Space
explores the toxic idea that the self ends at our skin and the need to move towards a sense of we.
- Kamalashila: Mind full of passion
"Shouldn't you be passionate in all you do? Probably, but how to distinguish between that and self-centred craving? A look at the issue of what we want."
- Mark Leonard: Mindfulness and Human Potential
A talk about how mindfulness not only helps people with stress, depression, anxiety and chronic pain but also enhances general wellbeing, creativity and productivity.
- Lokabandhu: Everyday Magic: the Creation and Use of Buddhist Ritual
explores the why, where, how and who of Buddhist ritual, especially as practised by the Buddhafield community.
- Shantigarbha: Empathy: what, why and how
“Empathy is a compassionate understanding of another's experience. It's the basis of ethics and compassion. We develop it by expanding our 'natural' empathy through practise.”
- Srivati: Open Heart, Open Hand
“What does it mean to be generous? Is there enough of everything to go around? Why should we share anyway? Maybe the golden Buddha Ratnasambhava has the answers...”
- Vajrasara: Enough is more than Enough
Explores sufficiency, attitudes around plenty, and the creative spiral of abundance.
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