This talk was given by Parami as part of the Triratna Day celebrations of the 50th birthday of the Order.
After a short introduction by Vijayasri, Parami talks about her own experience of being in the movement and the order since the 1970's. She discusses how things have changed over that time, with many personal memories and shares quotes that have inspired her over the years.
Parami also discusses Sangharakshita's four things to change the world and how these are still completely relevant to the world we live in now. The talk ends with an unpublished poem by Sangharakshita.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre on 7th April 2018.
In this talk Shakyapada introduces the Buddha as a historical figure living in inspiring and uncertain times.
We explore the culture and environment through which the Buddha travelled as he was teaching the Dharma and how his teachings were revolutionary. Shakyapada shares memories from the 2018 convention in India and the talk finishes with the Shakyamuni mantra and the Transference of Merit and Self surrender.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in March 2018 as part of our regular Saturday morning Sangha class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What has Buddhism got to say about the growing levels of inequality in many societies? What would a society based on Buddhist values look like? This talk is Vajragupta's personal response to "The Spirit Level", by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, a book about inequality that made a big impact when it was first published in 2009.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in February 2020 as part of our Saturday Sangha morning series.
In this talk Padmavajra is introduced to the Croydon Sangha by Amarapuspa.
Padmavajra explores the idea of freedom from polarization in an inspiring, wide ranging and very deeply Dharmic talk. He starts by remembering positive aspects of Croydon in the 1980's and then takes us on a journey through the vimokshas, the sangharavastus and the pratisamvids as we explore "a taste of freedom".
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in January 2019 as part of our regular Saturday morning Sangha class.