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Dharmabyte: The Experience of Awakening

Thu, 24 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Is awakening near or far, is the path sudden or gradual? Dharmashalin presents Sangharakshita’s metaphor on Buddhahood being like an evolutionary process, this time with more emphasis on metta as both an essential basis and method for inviting a sudden shift towards awakening on the basis of a gradual approach.

From the talk Metta As Method and Support For Breaking Through to Buddhahood given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: How Does a Bodhisattva Regard Living Beings?

Mon, 21 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Kulaprabha recounts an episode from the Vimalakirti Nirdesa to draw out how one generates the great love in response to the suffering of beings.

This is the third of four talks exploring Vasubandhu’s Four Factors entitled Contemplating the Suffering of Beings given at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2010.

In his treatise Generating Bodhi Resolve, Vasubandhu describes them as able to generate the resolve to cultivate and accumulate the bases for the Arising of the Bodhicitta. You...

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FBA Podcast: Fearless Creativity

Sat, 19 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Bodhisattvas work tirelessly and heroically to create a Buddhafield for the benefit of all beings. Padmavajra explores the opening verses of the Dhammapada and their far reaching implications including how we create not only our own happiness or suffering through our actions, but also how we create worlds, worlds of suffering or worlds conducive to human growth and even freedom.

Talk given during the February Great Gathering weekend at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2020.

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Dharmabyte: Moving Towards Timelessness

Thu, 17 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Jnanavaca discusses metta as the foundation of samadhi, taking us back to basics and reminding us to dwell with patience and acceptance in the body.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Metta as the Foundation of Samadhi given as part of the online retreat Towards Insight: Three Myths led by  Jnanavaca and Maitreyabandhu at Adhisthana, 2020.

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Dharmabyte: Early Sangha Buddhist Attitudes to Wealth

Mon, 14 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Jvalamalini introduces us to Vasakha, a generous laywoman disciple of the Buddha. Her story from the early sangha is about the Buddhist attitude to wealth and about the effects of generosity on the donor.

From the talk entitled As Garlands From a Heap of Flowers given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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FBA Podcast: Carrying the Flame of the Lineage of Inspiration

Sat, 12 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Parami introduces our four-fold lineage and shows how the lineage of inspiration underpins them all. Now that Bhante has died our responsibility to keep this flame burning is more important than ever.

This talk is part of the series Talks from Women’s Private Preceptors’ Retreat given at Adhisthana, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Faith is the Foundation: Virya is the Wall

Thu, 10 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

There is an unfolding process within us – in each moment we have a choice to move towards the painful and unskilful, or we can move towards liberation. Faith is the intuition that there is a way of responding to experience that moves us away from suffering and towards liberation. What most deeply matters to us? What conditions allow for the process of flourishing to happen?

Dhammarati calls on the story of Milarepa to draw out the relationship between faith...

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Dharmabyte: Views Reveal Themselves

Mon, 7 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Intelligent and thought provoking, Candraprabha shares personally about three views, or three attitudes, she’s uncovered in the course of her many years of spiritual practice. A helpful exemplification of how we can investigate our underlying attitudes in relation to our ability to live a Dharma life.

From the talk entitled Bodhicitta: a Personal Talk from the Moon of the Mind: Bodhicitta Great Gathering, an (online) retreat for women training for ordination...

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FBA Podcast: The Buddha's Social Revolution

Sat, 5 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

In the first weeks after his Enlightenment, the Buddha stayed alone near the Bodhi tree, assimilating his profound discovery and enjoying its bliss. But from the first moment he encountered another human being, the force of his compassion led him to revolt against the social hierarchies of his day. In this impassioned talk at the London Buddhist Centre’s 2021 Buddha Day celebrations, Subhuti explores the nature of social conditioning. In doing so, he calls for...

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Dharmabyte: Bringing Kindness to Whatever Arises

Thu, 3 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Vajrasakhi leads a ‘cherishing’ metta bhavana based on the positive precepts. Here she introduces the practice emphasizing the crucial importance of a positive and loving relationship with ourselves.

From the talk entitled Positive Precepts Metta Bhavana from the Moon of the Mind: Bodhicitta Great Gathering, an (online) retreat for women training for ordination and Order Members offered by Taraloka & Tiratanaloka Retreat Centres, 2021. Listen to the full meditation on...