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Dharmabyte: Cultivating Mirror-Like Wisdom

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 8 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

Bodhilila introduces the characteristic wisdom of the blue Buddha of the Eastern quarter of the mandala, a wisdom that undistortedly reflects experience just as it is.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Akshobhya and the Mirror-Like Wisdom given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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FBA Podcast: Buddha with a Thousand Faces

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 6 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

Imagine being with the Buddha, imagine the emotional effect of being that close to the Buddha. Bodhinaga draws out stories from the life of the Buddha that point to the importance of imagination as we engage with our aspiration for Enlightenment.

This talk is part of the series entitled Faces of Enlightenment given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: The Characteristics of the Five Buddhas

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 4 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

Taranita discusses the Five Buddhas of the Mandala, their characteristics, how their wisdom may manifest itself in everyday life, and how their features may benefit the Western Buddhist practitioner.

From the talk entitled The Five Buddha Mandala given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2007.

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Dharmabyte: Introducing the Five Buddha Mandala

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

The Tantras (special scriptures of Vajrayana Buddhism) frequently refer to mandalas, circles of symbolic forms. Sangharakshita describes the mandala of the five Buddhas, its use as a symbol of psychological and spiritual integration, and the meaning of its sexual symbolism.

From the talk entitled The Mandala: Tantric Symbol of Integration, part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology given in 1967.

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FBA Podcast: Thank God It's Empty!

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 27 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

What memories stay with you year after year? Which breath do you wish you could take again? Whose smile is the most beautiful? What is this love that you talk about?

Saraha returns to Birmingham to speak at Sangha Night, having taught the Dharma there previously for over a decade before moving to Ecodharma in Spain a few years ago. In this talk he speaks with his usual passion and inspiration, illuminating many questions for...

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Cambridge Buddhist Centre

Themes From the Mahaparinibbana Sutta

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 26 Feb, 2021 - 00:00
A talk by Amarachandra for Parinirvana Day, during the Coronavirus lockdown, on Themes from the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.
Birmingham Buddhist Centre
Birmingham Buddhist Centre

Parinirvana Day: The Buddha's Final Days

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 26 Feb, 2021 - 00:00
At the end of his life, despite old age and illness, the Buddha blazed with energy and compassion, taking every opportunity to help others by communicating his unique vison of the possibilities of human life. How did the Buddha spend his final days; who did he meet, where did he go, what was he most keen to communicate?
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Dharmabyte: The Shape of Mind

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

As soon as we bring awareness to our mind states they change. Vidyamala speaks to the importance of allowing for growth and integration in our practice. She speaks of the twin pillars of awareness and love and how mindfulness can lead to a deeper and deeper sense of connection with all of life and how kindness is a natural expression of that.

From the talk entitled Citta - Fragments On Love, part of the series An...

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Dharmabyte: Beauty, Love and The Rite of Fascination

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 22 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

The Vajrayana, or Tantric Buddhism, is a path of radical transformation that harnesses the energy of life’s deepest and strongest experiences. Falling in love is one such experience that can provide great masses of energy to power our spiritual development.

Vadanya reveals how in the Vajrayana we fall in love not with other people but with the person who we can become - with the ideal of the Enlightened mind - especially as experienced in the figure of the...

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FBA Podcast: Touching the Earth with Love

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 20 Feb, 2021 - 06:02

How might we respond, as Buddhists, to the emerging environmental crises facing the planet? Starting from where his earlier talk, “Saying Goodbye to the Earth,” leaves off, Gunopeta explores the implications of what happens when we open our hearts to our deep emotional response to these crises.

With the aid of guided meditation, poetry, ritual, and our felt connection to nature and the holiness of place, we can learn to “touch the Earth...