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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Becoming Spiritual Warriors

By Zac on Mon, 23 May, 2022 - 06:00

The full moon in May is celebrated as the anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and his victory over the demon Mara. Sangharakshita explains what Mara represents and how to overcome that which holds us back.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Buddha’s Victory given in 1987.

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Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Confrontations In the Cremation Ground

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 22 May, 2022 - 00:00
In this talk Khemabandhu takes us on a journey into the terrifying cremation grounds which Padmasambhava deliberately sought out. The facing of our deepest fears presents us with and incredible opportunity for spiritual development, but how do we summon up the courage necessary to do so? This talk was given during a young men's retreat held at Padmaloka in the spring of 2022
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Shraddhavajri (Highlights)

By Zac on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 15:57

“I say to ‘Padmasambhava, ‘You don’t have a body—I have a body… Use my body, and I’ll use your energy.”
 

Shraddhavajri’s Annals
In 1988, I was about six or seven years old, living in Modinagar with my parents, three elder sisters and two brothers. I studied and enjoyed life with my family and relatives. My father taught us the Precepts and every Sunday it was compulsory to chant them with my family and other brothers and sisters. My...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

War and Peace: Living Buddhism in Poland (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 431)

By Centre Team on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 12:01

When tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees began to cross the border with Poland, the Triratna community at Krakow Buddhist Centre got involved with the same great generosity that has marked the Polish people’s response to war flaring up uncomfortably close to home. 

In this episode we hear from Saddhajala and Nityabandhu on the ground in Krakow—not just about the war in Ukraine but about how Buddhist practice has enabled them to meet the crisis and try to bring to life ...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Becoming A Sage

By Zac on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 06:00

Paramananda celebrates the Buddha’s long struggle leading up to his Enlightenment. This talk was given in celebration of Buddha Day at West London Buddhist Centre, 2012.

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Padmaloka Retreat Centre
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Deep Contemplation | Vimamsa Iddhipada

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 00:00
Reflection and deep contemplation can bring a whole new dimension to life and reveal truths that would otherwise be left hidden. In this talk, Prajnahridaya explores the 4th 'basis of power' of vimamsa, often translated as 'investigation', by evoking the depth and profundity of some fundamental Buddhist teachings.
Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

The Birth of Padmasambhava

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 00:00
A Buddha? A child? A doctor? An old woman? Who is Padmasambhava? How did he come into existence? And what is he here to do? In this talk, Padmabhasa explores the mysteries, beauty and significance of the myth of the miraculous birth of the greatly precious guru, Padmasambhava. This talk was given during a young men's retreat held at Padmaloka in the spring of 2022
Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Subduing the Demons and Building the Monastery

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 00:00
In this talk, Dharmasara relates the story of how Padmasambhava subdued the demons of Tibet in order to build Samye monastery. The monastery works as a symbol for a flourishing spiritual community which is not effected by the destructive forces in the world, but instead puts them to the service of the Dharma. To subdue our own gods and demons, we have to become a true individual, and true individuals are what constitutes the spiritual community. This talk was given during a young men's retreat held at Padmaloka in the spring of 2022
Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Padmasambhava In the Land of the Flesh-Eating Ogres

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 00:00
Padmasambhava left Tibet to travel to the Copper Coloured Mountain somewhere in the south-west. He went there to convert the rakshasas, the human flesh eating ogres who were threatening to devour human beings. In this world Padmasambhava created his pure Buddhafield. He resides there now in the Lotus Light Palace in the midst of the glorious spontaneous expression of Enlightened Activity amidst a dazzling swirl of dakas and dakinis joyously converting the ogres. Padmavajra tells us how this dazzling vision is really about our world right now and how we can play our part in the work of fighting and converting all that threatens the distinctively human. This talk was given during a young men's retreat held at Padmaloka in the spring of 2022
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Vessantara - Finding Deeper and Deeper Reservoirs of Energy (Full Interview)

By Zac on Fri, 20 May, 2022 - 19:05

“Things have changed in the last 10 years or so. A lot of it was just building on what I’d received from Bhante and other Order Members and other people… over the years. But I think, for me, it feels as if those three years with all that time to completely focus on the Dharma did sort of liberate things or bring to fruition a lot of seeds that had been planted by Bhante and other people over a long

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