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Dharmabyte: Eyes Wide Open

Mon, 2 Aug, 2021 - 12:20

How can our livelihood and our networks be a doorway to leading our lives in a way in which our eyes can be wide open rather than our eyes being wide shut? Pasannamati points out that there is more to Perfect Livelihood than the work we do. Outside of our work we have a whole load of choices on how we spend our time and money which impacts other people’s livelihood.

From the talk entitled Tinker,...

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FBA Podcast: The Importance of Mindfulness

Sat, 31 Jul, 2021 - 06:23

Kamalashila explores the centrality of mindfulness to the Buddhist path. He discusses 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 Satipatthana Sutta and concludes that mindfulness is the basis of metta and allows us to embrace the realm of truth and beauty.

This talk was given at Croydon Buddhist Centre, 1996. This talk was made available by the...

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Dharmabyte: Why Mindfulness?

Thu, 29 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Ratnaprabha describes the qualities of mindfulness in a talk about the fifth precept, intoxication and mindfulness. 

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Fifth Precept given at the West London Buddhist Centre, 2013.

Ratnaprabha describes the qualities of mindfulness in a talk about the fifth precept, intoxication and mindfulness. 

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Fifth Precept given at the West London Buddhist Centre, 2013.

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Dharmabyte: Reflecting on your Speech

Mon, 26 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Introducing the speech precepts, Bodhilila explains the Buddha’s advice on how to communicate effectively. How do you decide when and how to speak, using criteria of helpfulness, truthfulness, and whether or not it is pleasant to hear?

From the talk entitled The Buddha’s Speech given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Buddhism and Politics - A Series by Vajragupta

Sat, 24 Jul, 2021 - 15:53

Buddhism and Politics - A Series by Vajragupta

Sat, 24 Jul, 2021 - 15:53

Should Buddhist sanghas and Buddhist Centres get involved in politics or remain politically neutral? When political debate can be so fractious and polarised, how can Buddhists make a helpful contribution?

In this ambitious and challenging series, Vajragupta asks us to reflect on our political views and conditioning, so as to come to a deeper appreciation of what a Buddhist perspective might be.

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A series of three talks given for Buddhist Action Month 2021.

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FBA Podcast: The Speech Precepts

Sat, 24 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Sahajatara gives an honest and enthusiastic exploration of the speech precepts. This talk is down-to-earth and with humour!

This talk was given on a retreat for Mitras at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2018 and is part of the series entitled Ethics: Resonating with Reality.

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Dharmabyte: Going Forth in Speech

Thu, 22 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Marking the 50th anniversary of his own ‘Going Forth’ in India, Sangharakshita offers us his thoughts on the significance this adventure had for him and reflects on its relation to the Buddha’s search for Truth - with particular regard to actions of body, speech, and mind.

From the talk Reflections on Going Forth, 1997.

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Dharmabyte: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment

Mon, 19 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Here Candradasa explores the third precept and the Buddha’s moral code generally and we get some sense of where we might look to find ways to work effectively with our strongest desires in ways that lessen attachment and help us see reality more clearly.

From the talk entitled Sex and Morality, Going Beyond Puritanism given in Portsmouth, NH, October 2012.

This talk is part of the series Religion Without God.

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FBA Podcast: The Third Precept

Sat, 17 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Vimalasara gives a thorough talk on the third precept, exploring some of the issues we all need to reflect on if we are to live life more fully with simplicity, contentment and stillness. Relevant to modern day living, this talk also signposts some of the issues that women and queer people have to contend with when reflecting on this precept.

Talk given at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2013.

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Kiss the Earth: Buddhafield 2021- the Talks!

Thu, 15 Jul, 2021 - 20:56

Kiss the Earth: Buddhafield 2021- the Talks!

Thu, 15 Jul, 2021 - 20:56

When we connect with the earth, we are also connecting with ourselves and with other beings, recognizing we are part of a greater whole. We can begin to let go of the barriers that separate us from one another

We have learnt this past few years how rapidly things can change, and seen the illusion that humanity is in total control swept away. A more humble, respectful approach is need to rebalance our world, both internally and externally. 

To kiss the earth is to...