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Dharmabyte: The Practice of Creating Sangha

Mon, 10 May, 2021 - 06:00

This is an exploration by Saddhaloka of the distinguishing role of Sangha, spiritual community, in the development and life of the Triratna (formally Western) Buddhist Order, and, in fact, in any kind of Buddhist spiritual life. Saddhaloka here is steady and thoughtful as ever…

From the talk entitled Creating Sangha and Changing the World given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2002.

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FBA Podcast: The Bodhisattva Ideal In India

Sat, 8 May, 2021 - 06:00

In this moving and rousing talk, Dhammachari Amoghasiddhi illustrates how the Dhamma can radically transform people’s lives, liberating them from a hellish existence, particularly in India.

Using the examples of his own life, as well as the lives of Bhante Sangharakshita, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and others, he explains that if we want to live a meaningful life, we must open up to the suffering of others and do everything we can to help alleviate their suffering.
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Dharmabyte: Sangha is Togetherness

Thu, 6 May, 2021 - 06:00

Munisha talks about insights gained from traveling in her early life, including realizing she didn’t know how to get along well with others. Some years later, she discovered the Triratna Buddhist Community where friendship is a basic organizing principle around which everything is based.

From the talk entitled A Life in the Sangha given on Zoom to the Stockholm Sangha to celebrate Sangha Day, in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic, November 2020.

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Dharmabyte: Growing Very Deep Roots in the Sky

Mon, 3 May, 2021 - 06:00

Kuladharini reflects on the life of the sangha at the start of the Glasgow Buddhist Centre’s annual rainy season retreat. Here she explores the cosmic and mythic significance in their current work and their approaching going forth from the city premises they have been teaching from for almost 50 years.

Excerpted from the talk of the same title, Growing Very Deep Roots In the Sky, 2021.

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FBA Podcast: Creating Sangha From Within

Sat, 1 May, 2021 - 06:00

Is there an inner attitude we can adopt that will naturally lead to the creation of Sangha? Satyadhara poses this question - and addresses it - in his talk on the second Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention. He shares his personal experience of being in a small Sangha near Frankfurt in Germany, and draws upon Asangha’s Yogacharabhumi to explore the conditions necessary for building Sangha.

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Dharmabyte: Vajrasattva as Blue Sky

Thu, 29 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

With a magician-like quality, Jnanavaca introduces us to the pure white Vajrasattva with a talk ranging from Carl Sagan to childhood magic sets, rainbow men in the sky to the moment of death; Jnanavaca offers a vision of reality that transcends time and space.

From the talk Vajrasattva, Time, Space & Rainbows, part of the series The Symbolic World of the Five Buddha Mandala given at London Buddhist Centre’s Winter Retreat 2019.

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Dharmabyte: The Spiritual Faculties are Embryonic

Mon, 26 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Vajradevi reminds us that the word indriya (‘faculty’) applies to both spiritual and sense faculties and that we can use the latter to strengthen the former. Delighting in the word ‘moha’ sounding like ‘a soft fluffy cloud’, Vajradevi draws out the fact that it is the most difficult of the poisons to recognise - greed and aversion being much louder and more colourful. It’s also ‘a natural state of affairs’ until we can create and support conditions to...

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FBA Podcast: The Gap and the Buddha Mandala

Sat, 24 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Bhadra offers this insightful and thorough exploration of the Five Buddha Mandala through the lens of the gap between feeling and craving. Here we are able to transform the mental poisons (illustrated by the six realms) into the Wisdom of the each of the Five Buddhas.

Talk given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2017, the last in a series on the Wheel of Life.

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Dharmabyte: Transformation of Experience

Thu, 22 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

We want things to be different, that is the force that drives growth but can also be a source of pain. How does the Dharma help us relate to our experience, including the difficult aspects, and help us transform those difficulties into wisdom.

Excerpted from the talk Alchemy of the Heart - Transforming Poison Into Wisdom by Dharmashalin given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2014.

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Dharmabyte: Diving to the Depths

Mon, 19 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Satyalila gives us a clear and practical guide to how our spiritual journey can consist in transforming the ‘poisons’ (greed, hatred, delusion, pride and envy) with (and ultimately into) the five spiritual faculties (faith, wisdom, mindfulness, samadhi and energy-in-pursuit-of-the-good). It concludes with a look at how the five Buddha mandala offers an imaginative representation of the faculties as qualities of the Buddha’s Enlightened mind.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Let Your Poison Be Your Cure given at the ...