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Dharmabyte: A Deeper Level of Happiness

Thu, 20 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

Ratnaguna describes a level of happiness marked by stillness and calm that arises when we practice meditation. This stillness allows us to confront ourselves fully, leading to an experience of coming home to oneself. 

From the talk Stop Buying Stuff and Learn How to be Happy Instead given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2011.

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Dharmabyte: What is In This Moment?

Mon, 17 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

Sanghadhara shares reflections on death and awareness of the present moment. How consciously are we living our life? 

From the talk entitled Happy Dying, Happy Living given at the Dharma Parlour at Buddhafield Festival, 2018, on the theme of ‘The Dance of Life and Death’.

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FBA Podcast: Suffering and Joy - Compost For Love

Sat, 15 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

When we pay attention to our own experiences of suffering and joy, this can be a starting point to connecting in love with others. Dayajoti offers a personal entry into recognizing and practicing the Brahma Viharas - love, compassion, joy, equanimity. 

Talk given during the setup for Buddhafield Festival on the theme ‘Fire in the Heart’, 2013.

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Dharmabyte: The Expansive Nature of Joy

Thu, 13 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

When metta meets the good fortune of others, mudita arises, joy in others. Mudita is an antidote to depression, to boredom, and it really connects you to yourself, to others, to the world around you. A beautiful introduction by Ratnavandana to the Brahma Viharas as an integrated set of practices flowing from metta - loving kindness. 

From the talk Introduction to the Brahma Viharas (With Guided Meditation) given as part of the Brahma...

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Dharmabyte: Always be Friendly

Mon, 10 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

With a balance of down-to-earth humour and uncompromising vision, Vajratara encourages us to be open to others, to always be friendly, even when we cannot be happy. 

From the forthright and passionate talk entitled Chetul Sangye Dorje about his giving of the Green Tara practice to Sangharakshita given at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2007.

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FBA Podcast: Conflict and Crisis

Sat, 8 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

Suryagupta explores crisis and conflict in the life of the Buddha and what we can learn when responding to conflict in our own lives.

Talk given at the London Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Happiness and Joy: Mudita

Thu, 6 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

We all need to find emotional equivalents to our intellectual understandings if our spiritual practice is to progress. Here Sangharakshita talks about how joy and happiness are characteristic Buddhist emotions that we seem to be missing out on. Mudita, the happiness we feel in other people’s good fortune, can be cultivated through practice.

From the talk entitled Reason and Emotion in the Spiritual Life: Right Resolve, outlining the positive emotions emphasized in Buddhism. Talk given in 1968...

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Dharmabyte: Altruistic Joy

Mon, 3 Jan, 2022 - 01:00

If our metta is strong enough, it will become mudita, altruistic joy for others. Concise and essential, Satyaraja draws out practical and profound aspects of the four Brahmaviharas, considering them as both meditation practices and as realms that we can occupy.

From the talk entitled Mudita, part of the series Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind, Padmaloka Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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FBA Podcast: The Alchemical Buddha

Sat, 1 Jan, 2022 - 01:00

Satyapara leads us in an evocation of the alchemical Buddha drawing out the mythic dimension through receptivity and imagination.

Talk given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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Dharmabyte: Renunciation of False Refuges 

Thu, 30 Dec, 2021 - 06:00

This introductory talk by Dhammadinna is an ideal entry point to the world of the mind-turnings. Seen as foundations for the building of practice, the reflections encourage us to make life meaningful in the face of a relentlessly ungovernable reality. A strong look in the mirror of the heart.

Excerpted from the talk The Four Mind-Turning Reflections, the first talk in a five-part series from Tiratanaloka’s retreat on the ‘Four...