Buddhafield: Buddhism, Meditation and Community
What is a “Buddhafield”?
Buddhafield is a collective of Buddhists involved with the Triratna Buddhist Community: some of us are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. We live all over the UK, but we run a programme of camping activities in the South West of England, focused around the teaching and practise of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. We are perhaps best known for organising our own Festival and for the Buddhafield Café, which goes to festivals and fairs like Glastonbury, Sunrise and The Green Gathering. As well as this, we run an annual programme of meditation retreat camps and we cultivate on our own land.
The concept of a “Buddhafield”, or of “Buddhafields”, originates in the Mahayana Buddhist Sutras. In these Sutras, Buddhafields are planes of perfect beauty created by the compassionate action of a Buddha. As such they are an environment in which all conditions are perfectly conducive to spiritual practice and in which to gain Enlightenment.
Each year Buddhafield adopts a theme. This year we are exploring “Courageous Compassion”.