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MEDITATION RETREAT

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, August 27th, 2015

A meditation retreat for the Dhammasekhiya course trainees was organised from 21st until 28th July, 2015 at Buddha Surya Vihar, Nagaloka. The retreat was led by Dhammachari Vivekratna. Along with Dhammasekhiya trainees, students from the graduation and skill development programmes also participated. 74 boys and 70 girls benefitted from the retreat.

On these eight days, participants were introduced to the basic meditation practices, the Anapanasatti and the Metta Bhavna (cultivation of Universal loving kindness), walking meditation, and taught how to work with hindrances in meditation, as well as to keep a meditation diary. For two days participants observed complete silence. Dhammachari Vivekratna held some question and answer sessions and on the last day students were divided in groups in which they shared their experiences.

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Workshop on the Vision of Nagaloka

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, August 27th, 2015

A three day workshop on the vision of Nagaloka was organised for the 22 members of staff from 19th until 21st of August, 2015. Led by Dhammachari Lokamitra, this was the first of a series of workshops he intends to conduct on the vision and governance of Nagaloka, helping members of staff relate to the vision of a new society, or Prabuddha Bharat (Enlightened India) and the implications for governance or the way we work together at Nagaloka.

Each day started with a lecture, followed by small group discussions, and concluded with short presentations and open discussions. We started by asking why each of us was involved with Nagaloka, and clearly the desire to contribute to a better society was a major factor for all participants. That better society, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar called Prabuddha Bharat, and at its heart are the values of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. But Babasaheb emphasised these were to him not mere political values but ethical and spiritual values, in that he learnt them from the Buddha.

In the workshop we explored and tried to understand what is meant by:
1. Prabuddha Bharat
2. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity as Buddhist values.
3. How we move from vision to actuality, what are the implications for the way we work together.

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RETREAT ON KALAMA SUTTA

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, August 15th, 2015

In order to nurture spiritual life, deepen meditation practice, cultivate mindfulness and learn more about Buddhism, various activities are organised every year in Nagaloka.
This year, second alumni retreat was organised from 20th to 25th July, 2015 at Sambodhi, Nagaloka. The theme of the retreat was Kalama Sutta and was led by Dhammachari Manidhamma. 34 alumni including 23 male and 11 female from nine different states of India participated in the event. Every day sessions include meditation, lectures, group discussions, presentations, and silence observation. Dhammachari Manidhamma began the event with a talk on ‘Introduction of Sutta and Importance of Sutta in present situation”. For group discussion, total participants were divided into three different groups led by Dhammachari Manidhamma, Dhammachari Nagdeep and Sushant.

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