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Dharmabyte: Conducing to Cohesion

Mon, 24 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

Vishangka explores the joys and challenges that arise in a spiritual community. Here we hear the retelling of the Culagosinga Sutta and the importance of cultivating skillfulness in actions of body, speech and mind.  

Excerpted from the talk Blending like Milk and Water: Sangha In the Buddha’s Time given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Nature of Friendship

Sat, 22 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

Narottama delights with a very poetic and personal talk about how friendship is vital to our happiness and spiritual development as human beings.

Talk given at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, 2010.

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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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Free Buddhist Audio: Highlights from 2021

Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

Free Buddhist Audio: Highlights from 2021

Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

In 2021 Free Buddhist Audio turned 15! Since December 2006 we have been making recordings of high quality, full-length Dharma talks freely available, so that all may access the Dharma.

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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...