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Dharmabytes: The Essence of Bodhicitta

By Zac on Mon, 6 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

Padmavajra shares a story of meeting on the basis of Bodhicitta arising between people. He tells us how Shantideva takes to heart, ever more firmly, the Bodhicitta, through his lavish performance of puja and a searing confession of faults. 

Giving Ourselves Completely to the Buddhas - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 2 as part of the series Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2020.

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FBA Podcast: Bodhicitta - The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation

By Zac on Sat, 4 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

“Taking this image of the human form the Bodhicitta transmutes it into the priceless image of the Jewel of the Conqueror. Grasp tightly this highly potent elixir, known as the Bodhicitta, which must be thoroughly worked.”

In this talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara Padmavajra speaks of Sangharakshita’s evocation of the Bodhicitta. Here, he discusses some of the verses of the first chapter, especially of verse ten, in which the Bodhicitta is likened to the highly...

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Dharmabyte: Training in Patience

By Zac on Thu, 2 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

Khemasuri describes how a person can develop patience, translated from ksanti, drawing on verses from Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara. Excerpted from the talk Gratitude to Everyone given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 2008.

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Dharmabyte: A Fundamentally Flawed Strategy

By Zac on Mon, 30 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

Adverse situations of our day to day lives can provide us with opportunities to transform. Pradaya explores the Seven Point Mind Training teaching of turning adverse conditions into the path of enlightenment.

From the talk Base Metal Into Gold, part of the series Mind Training - The Alchemy of The Emotions, given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: Wisdom in the Bodhicaryavatara

By Zac on Sat, 28 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

Parami offers a clear, insightful and practical guide to the classically challenging Wisdom chapter of the Bodhicaryavatara. She places the chapter in context of the Bodhisattva Path and. with consistent warmth and humour, illuminates this part of the text for those who have been struggling with it. 

This talk was given at Glasgow Buddhist Centre, 2022.

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Dharmabytes: Dharmas Are Dreamlike

By Zac on Thu, 26 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

Society is complicated and we have all sorts of stories about that. Satyajyoti explores how our ideas and our stories create their own realities. Whatever our views are about the world influences how we experience the world.

Excerpted from the talk Training In Wisdom, part of the series Mind Training - The Alchemy of The Emotions, given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabytes: The Arising of Bodhicitta

By Zac on Mon, 23 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

The Enlightenment of the Buddha was an irreversible breakthrough into a new kind of consciousness for the world. All our practice flows from this endless stream of wisdom and compassion, flowing throughout the history of humanity. Dhammarati explores this momentous event, and its implications for us today. 

From the talk entitled The Awakening Mind given on Buddha Day Festival at the London Buddhist Centre, 2022.

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FBA Podcast: The Heart Sutra

By Zac on Sat, 21 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

Vajrapriya takes us into this radical and classic wisdom-text which goes to the heart of how to become free, and how to help the world become free. Enigmatic, speaking to our depths, undermining any fundamentalism or limiting views about ourselves, it asks us to dive deep into the nature of experience, looking, for ourselves, to see truly the way things are. This talk was recorded on the Four Sanghas Retreat Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2022.

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Dharmabytes: This Human Situation

By Zac on Thu, 19 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

Samantabhadri explores what it was like to meet the Buddha, the fully Enlightened human being. She then discusses ‘garava’ as devotion for the whole richness of our Dharma Lives, including positive emotions for all beings.

From the talk entitled Turning Towards the Buddha: The True Nature of Devotion given on the Women’s Area Order Weekend held at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2022.

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Dharmabytes: Wisdom Comes Through Silence

By Zac on Mon, 16 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

The final talk in Padmavajra’s wonderful series on the Dhammapada, the most popular of early Buddhist texts. All of the Buddha’s core teachings are here - held in heart and mind there’s more than enough in the Dhammapada to take us as far in our practice as we can imagine, and then on beyond…

From the talk Flowers - Dhammapada Verses 44 to 59, part of the series The Dhammapada - the Buddha’s...