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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Three Doors of Liberation

By Zac on Mon, 26 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

When one approaches the transcendental, one approaches the three transcendental samadhis, which Sangharakshita describes as three doors of liberation - namely as that of emptiness, signlessness, and directionlessness. 

From the talk The Rain of the Dharma given in the USA, 1994.

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Taraloka Retreat Centre
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Milarepa: Inspiration From the Lineage Retreat (1 of 6)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 26 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
This is the first of six informal talks by Saddhanandi exploring themes from one of Milarepa’s Songs: The Song of Self-Examination, found in the Chapter’ Meeting Rechunga’ one of Milarepa’s female disciples. The song offers an uncompromising criterion for the spiritual life: endurance of hardships, renunciation of ‘nature lands’ property, friends and lovers; and a willingness to follow the instructions of a Guru. Saddhanandi discusses the themes using extracts from Sangharakshita’s seminars on other Songs of Milarepa. Talk One: Life of Milarepa An introduction to Milarepa and the opening talk to a week-long retreat at Taraloka in 2022 based around Milarepa’s teachings. Also highlights the significance of Milarepa within the history of Triratna and Bhante’s engagement with his own disciples.
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Amoghasiddhi: The Power of Sangha (Full 50voices Interview)

By Zac on Sun, 25 Sep, 2022 - 14:44

Many people in the Triratna Buddhist Community know Amoghasiddhi for his kind and welcoming smile, as well as his tireless Dharma work for our sangha in Nagpur, India. Now part of the ordination team in India, as well as a member of Indian Public Preceptors Kula, Amoghasiddhi has been ordained for over 30 years. 

In this moving interview with Candradasa, originally recorded back in 2018 for the Fifty Years, Fifty Voices Project, the pair cover a lot of...

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FBA Podcast: Freedom

By Zac on Sat, 24 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Surata wanders delightfully all over the subject of ‘freedom’ in the context of life in a Buddhist Order. He discusses freedom of mind, freedom of choice, freedom of heart, as well as the dangers of group behaviour in communities and the joys of sharing in an ideal. Personable and disarming as ever…

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2005

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Taraloka Retreat Centre
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In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (3 of 6)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this third talk: Kavyamani begins by introducing The Theragatha, the poems or verses of the first Buddhist nuns. She then proceeds to focus on the inspirational story of just one of these nuns: Bhada.
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (2 of 6)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this second talk Danayutta draws on three different stories to explore the establishment of the first Sangha.
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (1 of 6)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for us as Dharma practitioners - following in the footsteps of the Buddha. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this first talk Kavaradhi introduces us to the story of Shakyamuni culminating in his Enlightenment.
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (6 of 6)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this sixth and final talk of this retreat Kavyamani tells the moving story of the Buddha's final days, his Parinirvana.
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (5 of 6)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this fifth talk Kavaradhi tells us the story of Kisa Gotami, one of the first Buddhist nuns. again reflecting on the importance of it for our lives today.
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

In the Footsteps of the Buddha Retreat (4 of 6)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 23 Sep, 2022 - 00:00
Stories are powerful - they speak to parts of ourselves that respond to symbols, patterns and truths about human life that are deeper and far beyond our rational experience. Through the medium of stories Danayutta, Kavaradhi and Kavyamani explore the themes and motifs from the life of the Buddha, as well as the life stories of his disciples, monastic and lay, female and male, rich and poor. Reflecting on these stories they explore their relevance for our own Dharma lives. These stories were recorded on retreat at Taraloka in 2022. In this talk Danayutta draws on some of the poems from The Theragatha, the poems or verses of the first Buddhist nuns, to explore themes that have relevance for our own lives as Dharma practitioners.