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Bodhivamsa

Bodhivamsa is the Chair of the Ipswich Buddhist Centre.

Freedom Day

I don’t know if you can remember, but Freedom Day has come and gone. Like all such ‘freedoms’ they never quite fully live up to the name. The promised lifting of all Covid restrictions did technically happen, however, there was a strong recommendation from the Government to keep in place… Read More »Freedom Day

Saving the world

I recently tried to watch a documentary on Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish climate activist. I say try, because after watching for a few minutes strong emotion surfaced within me and I cried. To consider that the fate of our ability to live on this planet rested on such young… Read More »Saving the world

The Bodhisattva Ideal

I was pleasantly surprised to hear a government minister talking about the Bodhisattva Ideal. This was during the height of our pandemic whilst we were in lock down. The minister said “No one is safe until the whole world is safe”. I heard this phrase being used a number of… Read More »The Bodhisattva Ideal

IBC Sangha Room

Expanding the Sangha Room

As you might expect we are starting to prepare for the opening of the Centre. When that will be is not certain and depends upon the Government’s advice. However, it will happen soon so it does need to be considered and action taken.  One of the delightful things that has… Read More »Expanding the Sangha Room

Padmaloka Wesak Shrine

Gratitude

There are many people in this world that we have cause to thank, to whom we should show gratitude.  This is especially so when those people and institutions help us progress on a spiritual path. It is sometimes good to look back at those that have helped us along the… Read More »Gratitude

…and so we adapt!

My old car has just failed its MOT, it has changed from being a ‘car’ to being a collection of scrap metal. The garage spoke to me kindly, in a gentle voice, like a relative or pet had just died. We went through the list of its ailments, with the… Read More »…and so we adapt!

Growth and Development

For a number of reasons I have, in the last few days, had to write some papers concerning Growth and Development.  It is interesting to reflect on Growth in general, especially as we start to move into spring.  Daffodils and snowdrops are emerging and there are again signs of new… Read More »Growth and Development

Vajrasana Update

You may have seen in the local papers that the Vajrasana Retreat Centre is up for sale and you might be concerned that Vajrasana will no longer be available to us for retreats in the peaceful Suffolk countryside.  Centres and other Institutions of Triratna have mostly been managing to financially… Read More »Vajrasana Update