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Dharmabyte: Nourishment and Encouragement

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 4 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

In the Dhaniya Sutta, the questions arise: ‘how do we move in this world with a freedom to be creative?’ and ‘how often do we follow the addictive tendency?’ Saddhanandi looks at vertical and horizontal nourishment as she explores these questions.

Excerpted from the talk The Dhaniya Sutta - Freedom to be Creative, part of the series Evoking Shakyamuni  given at Adhisthana, 2020.

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FBA Podcast: Sharpening the Image

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 2 Jan, 2021 - 06:27

Here, Ratnaprabha discusses the value of using images and the imagination to become more emotionally involved in practice. Is an image of a Buddha or Bodhisattva used in meditation real or not?

Talk given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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Dharmabyte: Embracing Darkness: Embracing Love

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 31 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

Saddhaloka reflects on the first Buddhist book he read, The Way of the White Clouds, by Lama Govinda, sharing a verse to Amitabha, the red Buddha of the West who represents and inspires the highest love of all…

From the fourth talk in a six-part series on the figures on the Wheel of Life entitled Amitabha, given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 1997.

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Dharmabyte: Faith in the Path of Liberation

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 28 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

Padmasambhava is a potent symbol of transformation. Here, as part of a Padmasambhava Day Festival, Maitreyi shows us how evoke the help, energy and vision we need to change our lives.

From the talk entitled Heart Advice From the Lotus-Born: ‘Never Be Apart From the Causes For Faith to Arise’, given at the London Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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A Life In the Sangha

By Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 28 Dec, 2020 - 00:00
Talk given on Zoom to the Stockholm Sangha to celebrate Sangha Day, in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic, Monday 30th November 2020.
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FBA Podcast: The Buddha Vandana

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 26 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

A self-proclaimed ‘doctrine follower’, Nagasuri challenges herself to speak on the basis of her faith in the Buddha, and does so with moving eloquence. Personal, full of devotion, she shares over 30 years of being in contact with the Buddha and explains how the grace of the Buddha’s blessings has opened her heart time and time again.

Talk given at the Women’s International Order Convention 2011.

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Dharmabyte: There’s A Lot of Potential Within Us

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 24 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

Kamalashila takes us into the world of the Abhidharma to investigate how positive mind states emerge. He describes the types of Shraddha (confidence, faith or esteem), and their place in Buddhist practice.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Shraddha given for Sangha Night at the West London Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Where Does the Spiritual Path Begin?

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 21 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

Practising Buddhism (so much harder than understanding it) involves breaking the chain of the twelve negative links, or nidanas, by moving onto the spiral path, here described in its twelve stages. What is our usual reaction to things that are pleasant, things that are painful and things that are neutral? Sangharakshita gives us a clear description of the beginning of the Spiral Path, that of our response to Dukkha.

From the talk The Stages of the Spiritual Path...

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Transforming Our Poisons - Liberating Our Choices

By Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 21 Dec, 2020 - 00:00
In this meditation, Shraddhavani invites us, first, to engage with the facts about our contributions to climate change through basic activities such as eating, living in our homes and travel. She then asks us to get in touch with those seemingly simple, everyday feelings that tend to govern our choices in these areas –– the feelings of wanting, resistance and not knowing, which we as Buddhists can relate to the poisons of greed, hatred and delusion. Finally, she leads us through a process for transforming these poisons and creating the conditions for different choices through the wisdoms of the archetypal Buddhas Amitabha, Akshobya and Vairochana. This led meditation was part of a Touching Earth: Buddhist Approaches to Care of Nature retreat at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, Newmarket NH, (offered online) November 2020.
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Touching the Earth with Love

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 20 Dec, 2020 - 00:00
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 with love." From this, we enter into a relationship with the Earth out of which gratitude, a sense of responsibility, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and energy emerge in a positively reinforcing spiral, which in turn moves us to join with others in altruistic action on behalf of the Earth and all its beings. This talk was originally given as part of the on-line Touching the Earth retreat, sponsored by Aryaloka Buddhist Center and the Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Buddhist Center, Nov. 2020.