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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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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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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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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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The Importance of Mindfulness

Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 00:00
Croydon has been home to FWBO or Triratna Buddhist communities and centres since 1968. Many early talks by well known speakers were recorded, both at Aryatara, since 1979, and at the new Croydon Centre from 1981. These are now being transferred from their crumbling cassettes to digital format, as part of the Croydon Digital Archive Project, and are being made available to everyone. In this talk from September 1996, Kamalashila explores the centrality of mindfulness to the Buddhist path. He discuses the concept of intoxication, with reference to the 5th Precept and the Sutra of Golden Light. Kamalashila then considers the four foundations of mindfulness from the the Satipatthana Sutta and concludes that mindfulness is the basis of metta and allows us to embrace the realm of truth and beauty. This talk is in good condition but starts and ends abruptly.
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How to Live and How to Die

Wed, 11 Jan, 2017 - 00:00
In this talk Vijayasri continues a short series of talks, on themes arising from Sangharakshita's lecture on World Peace and Nuclear War, by exploring what to do with our lives and how to face death. We look at how suffering arises from clinging to self identity and consider different ways of seeing through this. Vijayasri then moves on to discuss how fear of death affects us and how letting go of this fear gives a huge sense of relief. Amarapuspa leads a reflection on Impermanence and the session closes with verses from Subhuti's refuge puja and the Prajnaparamita mantra. This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in December 2016 as part of our regular Saturday morning sangha class.
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Day Event On the Six Elements

Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 00:00
In this day event Kamalashila explores the six elements using meditations and talks. Kamalashila starts the day with a meditation session on mindfulness of breathing. He then introduces us to the six elements and leads a visualisation of these elements. We then use bodywork to discover how the elements are present in ourselves. This is followed by a stupa visualisation and the day ends with a very lively elements ritual. There is more traffic noise than usual on this tape as we are in a temporary shrine room with the windows open. This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2016.
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The Dhamma Revolution In the West

Mon, 2 Jan, 2017 - 00:00
In this talk Dharmasri explores different aspects of Western cultural conditioning that we need to work with if we are to deepen our practice of the Dharma. Dharmasri also asks how Buddhism can be truly established in the West where it is not part of our historical culture. This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist centre in 2016 as part of our regular Saturday morning sangha class.
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Avalokitesvara

Sun, 1 Jan, 2017 - 00:00
This talk continues our exploration of Transforming Self and World through looking at the seven-fold puja, by exploring the mantra of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Dharmasri introduces us to Bodhisattvas as aspects of the Enlightened mind. We discover the Myth of Avalokitesvara and how this encompasses the desire to end suffering and the understanding of our own limitations in this respect. We look at the symbolism of different visual forms of Avalokitesvara and consider how mantras are sound symbols which represent visual images that encourage the Bodhisattvas to manifest. This talk was given at Croydon Buddhist centre in 2016 as part of our regular Saturday morning sangha class.
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Breaking Through Psychological Conditioning

Sun, 1 Jan, 2017 - 00:00
In this talk Dharmasri explores the concept of psychological conditioning. She takes Sangharakshita's talk 'Breaking Through into Buddhahood' as a basis for the discussion of different types of conditioning and how we can break through into a state which is less reactive and more creative. The poem is "Tree" by Jane Hirshfield and Bhante's quotes are all from his talk "Breaking through into Buddhahood". This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2016 as part of our regular Saturday morning sangha class.