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Dharmabyte: Whatever Leads to Dispassion

By Zac on Thu, 15 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Elucidating the fifth stage of purification, Nagapriya shares a favored teaching to differentiate what helps us progress spiritually, and what does not. 

Excerpted from the talk Cherish the Doctrine given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2002.

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Dharmabyte: What Makes a Sangha Work

By Zac on Mon, 12 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Ratnaprabha recounts the seven ways the Buddha advises on how a sangha is created and supported.

From the talk Saluting the Sangha given at West London Buddhist Centre, Nov 2011, in which the speaker goes through the Sangha Section of the TiratanaVandana.

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FBA Podcast: Ultimate Freedom

By Zac on Sat, 10 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

The Buddha said that just as the taste of the ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, so the Buddha’s teaching has one taste, the taste of freedom. Liberation, freedom or emancipation are the essence of the Buddha’s vision. In this wide ranging talk Padmavajra explains the conditions necessary to secure this heart’s release.

This talk is part of the series ‘The Taste of Freedom’ Revisited given at ...

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Dharmabyte: Forging a Chain All the Time

By Zac on Thu, 8 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Punyamala illustrates the nature of the fetters - habit, superficiality and vagueness - and gives clear, practical guidance, in a gently encouraging way, about how to weaken the fetters and develop spiritually. 
From the talk From Enchantment to True Delight - Reflections On Stream Entry given at the Triratna (Western) Buddhist Order Convention, 2009.

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Dharmabyte: Practice - Individual, Group + Sangha

By Zac on Mon, 5 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

How do we retain our individuality while practicing with other people? Are we true individuals, or are we rebels, and are the two really that different? Karunadevi  explores the dangers and benefits of practicing within a sangha using the Buddha’s teaching on the mental fetters and various commentaries by Sangharakshita.

From the talk The Individual, the Group and the Spiritual Community given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, 2007.

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FBA Podcast: Freedom - The Bigger Picture

By Zac on Sat, 3 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Spiritual freedom arises when your heart and mind is transformed. In order to live in a world that is harmonious, that’s loving, that’s enabling us to all fulfill our potential, then we all must be working for freedom in some way, working for our own and others, whoever they are. Suryagupta draws out the meaning of Freedom through the story of Nelson Mandela.

A two-week seminar with the (then) brand new chair of the ...

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Dharmabyte: Being Human

By Zac on Thu, 1 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Vajragupta draws out aspects of aloneness and connectedness of this being human. From the talk Sangha and Commitment given at Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Group, 2016.

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Who Was Sangharakshita?

By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 30 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
The founder of our movement and Order - Sangharakshita, or 'Bhante' to most of us - was a global presence in Buddhism for over 70 years. His clear and sometimes provocative teachings have touched and transformed thousands of lives. But who was he? With meditation, poetry and storytelling, Maitreyabandhu - a long-time disciple of Bhante's who knew him personally - will introduce us more deeply to the man and his vision. Hosted by Kusalasara at the London Buddhist Centre, August 2022.
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Dharmabyte: Ways We Limit Ourselves

By Zac on Mon, 29 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Abandoning Our Wrong Ideas About the Path

More poetry, more Rumi, more listening joy from Vajradarshini. And what a title! In fact, this is another splendid journey around the idea of Enlightenment, using the languages of surrender and discipline from the Sufi context. It’s as heady as a sumptuous wine, but also sobering and down to earth, whether we’re “following a railing in the dark” or “wandering inside the red world”. Drink up! From the talk entitled ...

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FBA Podcast: A New Knowledge of Reality-Buddhism and Poetry

By Zac on Sun, 28 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Maitreyabandhu draws out the deeper meaning and finer detail of five different poems, each around the theme of death with the final poem focusing on spiritual rebirth.

By discussing the background of the poems and poets, the intricacies of their structure, and bringing in a Buddhist interpretation of the themes raised in the poems, Maitreyabandhu shows us the importance and profundity of poetry and how it can help us to explore Dharmic themes more deeply.

This talk was...