Buddhafield: Buddhism, Meditation and Community
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Buddhafield Festival 2013 | Thanks to all of you that made it a success!
Buddhafield seems to exist as a separate entity, a thing of beauty that no matter how much the people that work for her fall apart, she still manages to appear before our very eyes to provide people with an inspiring … Continue reading
Buddhafield has been able to continually reinvent itself because it’s a collective. We’ve been able to seamlessly adapt to changes in personnel because, as one person’s inspiration has naturally moved on, another’s has flowed towards us. This has led to … Continue reading
Competition: prize draw for folk that walk or bicycle to this year's Festival! Help us by pining up a flyer at a noticeboard near you! Find out about shadow puppet show "The Handless Maiden" and Continue reading
Louise, Festival Decor Co-ordinator, Reflects on this year's Festival theme, Fire in the Heart. Continue reading
Check out the highlights from the programme for this year's Dharma Parlour at the Buddhafield Festival 2013. Continue reading
A personal round-up up on the 2013 Green Earth Awakening Camp by Satyadarshin, including links to photos and talks from a very successful weekend on the Blackdown Hills. Continue reading
Rosie Lancaster is workshop co-ordinator at Buddhafield’s Green Earth Awakening Camp (24-27 May 2013), where Windysheep Organic Tannery and Raven Fire Snake will be showing us how to tan fish skins and work with fish leather. Rosie shares some reflections of the ethics of using animal skin in consumer products. Continue reading
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 “Fire in the Heart”.