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Dharmabyte: Fearlessness is a Great Virtue

Mon, 3 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

In this talk, Khemabandhu takes us on a journey into the terrifying cremation grounds which Padmasambhava deliberately sought out. The facing of our deepest fears presents us with and incredible opportunity for spiritual development, but how do we summon up the courage necessary to do so?

This talk was given during a young men’s retreat held at Padmaloka as part of the series Entering the Realm of the Guru, 2022.
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FBA Podcast: The Cremation Ground

Sat, 1 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

Vidyasakhi vividly draws us into the magical world of the Eight Cremation Grounds where Padmasambhava tamed demons and engaged in his Bodhisattva training. Vidyasakhi is a musician and Padmasambhava practitioner with a background in storytelling. She has used these skills to dramatise The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava and is a very good guide into the symbolism of this sacred space.

This talk was given at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Everything is Impermanent

Thu, 29 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

In Mahasraddha talks about the act of going for refuge by way of taking a good, hard look at our lives and the experience of dukkha, aka suffering, in light of the Buddha’s teaching. 

From the talk ​​The Sevenfold Puja: Going For Refuge, given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2010.

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Dharmabyte: Three Doors of Liberation

Mon, 26 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

When one approaches the transcendental, one approaches the three transcendental samadhis, which Sangharakshita describes as three doors of liberation - namely as that of emptiness, signlessness, and directionlessness. 

From the talk The Rain of the Dharma given in the USA, 1994.

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FBA Podcast: Freedom

Sat, 24 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Surata wanders delightfully all over the subject of ‘freedom’ in the context of life in a Buddhist Order. He discusses freedom of mind, freedom of choice, freedom of heart, as well as the dangers of group behaviour in communities and the joys of sharing in an ideal. Personable and disarming as ever…

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2005

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Dharmabyte: Tiratana Vandana Morning Chanting At Padmaloka

Thu, 22 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

A recording of the salutation to the Three Jewels, the Tiratanavandana, chanted in the Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2020.

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Dharmabyte: What is the Enlightened Mind?

Mon, 19 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Vishvapani looks behind the veils of history, legend and the texts themselves to conjur a vivid, felt image of the Buddha’s personality. In a series of beautifully observed close-up drawings from the Pali Canon we are left with a portrait of spiritual genius that is both enigmatically distant and thoroughly human.

From the talk The Buddha’s Personality, part of the series Gautama Buddha, given at London Buddhist...

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FBA Podcast: Leaping Into the Unknown with the Dakinis

Sat, 17 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Kusalasara explores the significance of the Dakinis - a strong symbol of freedom. This talk was given at London Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Whatever Leads to Dispassion

Thu, 15 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Elucidating the fifth stage of purification, Nagapriya shares a favored teaching to differentiate what helps us progress spiritually, and what does not. 

Excerpted from the talk Cherish the Doctrine given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2002.

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Dharmabyte: What Makes a Sangha Work

Mon, 12 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Ratnaprabha recounts the seven ways the Buddha advises on how a sangha is created and supported.

From the talk Saluting the Sangha given at West London Buddhist Centre, Nov 2011, in which the speaker goes through the Sangha Section of the TiratanaVandana.

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