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Living with Loving Kindness

Sun, 7 Jan, 2018 - 00:00
In this talk Vijayasri introduces us to metta, the basic teaching of the Buddha, by exploring the first chapter of Living with Loving Kindness by Sangharakshita. Vijayasri discusses the idea of the Buddha as a problem solver looking at suffering and the release from suffering. We consider the Karaniya metta sutta, look at the work of Buddhaghosa, and investigate the ideas of metta as a strongly positive emotion, a rational emotion and as wisdom. The session finishes with some questions for reflection. This talk was given at Croydon Buddhist Centre as part of our regular Saturday morning Sangha class in the autumn of 2017.
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What the Dharma Means to Me

Wed, 25 Oct, 2017 - 01:00
In this talk Shuddhavasin explores his life story. He describes how he became a political activist, but found that things didn't change. He describes how Buddhism brought meaning to his life, how he discovered the Sangha and how he moved towards Ordination. Shuddhavasin explores his feelings of gratitude to the Buddhist path and Triratna, and he finishes by describing his deepening relationship with Green Tara. We finish by chanting the Green Tara mantra. This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2017 as part of our Saturday Sangha morning series.
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The Sutta That Never Was

Fri, 6 Oct, 2017 - 01:00
In this two part presentation, Dhammavijaya firstly retells a moving story concerning a disciple of the Buddha. In the second part he differentiates between two classes of truth, before outlining the Triratna perspective on scriptural authority. Finally he dwells upon the meaning of the story as it has affected him, drawing particular attention to what the story tells us about Spiritual Friendship. This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2017 as part of the regular Saturday morning Sangha meeting.
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A Guide to the Dhyanas

Sun, 27 Aug, 2017 - 01:00
In this talk Amaraghosha discusses how the dhyanas have been part of meditation practice from the time of the Buddha, by using extracts from the Pali canon. He explores how to set up the conditions in which access concentration may arise, and then discusses how to move from that space into the first dhyana. Amaraghosha then shows how to move into progressively deeper states through this practice and describes their characteristics.
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The Dasadhamma Sutta

Sun, 28 May, 2017 - 01:00
In this talk Mangala introduces us to the Dasadhamma sutta, which discusses the 10 essentials for people who wish to go forth from unskilful habits of behaviour. Mangala explores the meaning of going forth and the importance of constant reflection on ideas such as "my life is dependent upon others" to help us walk this path. The talk is introduced by Amaraghosha, and was given at Croydon Buddhist Centre in May 2017 as part of our regular Saturday morning sangha class.
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A Sangha Doesn't Happen In Space

Fri, 19 May, 2017 - 01:00
In this lively talk Nagabodhi shares memories of being in Croydon during the 1970's. He describes the beautiful symmetry of the fact that he opened the first shrine room in the Croydon Centre and is now here to open the newly rebuilt shrine room in 2017. Nagabodhi considers the many eras of Croydon's history and shares the idea that a new shrine room is the seed of incalculable journeys for the future. This talk was given on 13th May 2017 at the Croydon Buddhist Centre. There is some external noise, in places, on the recording.
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Breaking Through to Buddhahood

Sun, 30 Apr, 2017 - 01:00
In this talk Suddhaka explores how we can use Buddhist practice to transform our conditioning into the beautiful qualities of wisdom and compassion. Suddhaka uses his own experiences of what holds us back from enlightenment in a very personal journey through our everyday life. He discusses how Samatha and Vipassana processes can help us to find freedom in the present moment by reducing our sense of self. This talk was given at Croydon Buddhist Centre in April 2017 as part of the regular Saturday morning sangha class. There is some traffic noise on the recording.
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The Advice to Rahula

Sun, 5 Mar, 2017 - 00:00
This talk is part of a series exploring suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya (the middle length discourses of the Buddha). Amaraghosha explores the Pali canon and distinguishes between the meanings of the words "sutta" and sutra". He helps us to understand the Advice to Rahula in the Mango Grove sutta (Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta) using a short play. We discover how the Buddha could explain challenging concepts to a young child in ways that are very accessible, using everyday images and stories. Amaraghosha then relates these ideas to our modern lives. This talk was given at Croydon Buddhist Centre in March 2017 as part of the regular Saturday morning Sangha class.
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The Honeyball Sutta

Sun, 5 Mar, 2017 - 00:00
This talk is part of a series exploring suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya (the middle length discourses of the Buddha). Dharmadipa introduces us to the Honeyball sutta (Madhupindika sutta), a sutta whose name has nothing whatsoever to do with the content! We explore the Buddha's teachings on how to avoid conflict, by lessening our attachment to "perceptions and categories of objectification". This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in February 2017 as part of our regular Saturday morning Sangha class.
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Happiness

Sun, 19 Feb, 2017 - 00:00
Lovely talk by Dhammavijaya on happiness. He starts with the immortal lines 'Bring me sunshine, in your smile...'! Then discusses the importance of sukkha in our lives and looks at the 12 positive nidanas before asking is happiness a cause or an effect? This talk was given at Croydon Buddhist Centre in February 2017 as part of our regular Saturday Morning Sangha class.
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