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FBA Podcast: Sowing Seeds In the Soil of the Mind - The Alaya

Posted by Sadayasihi on Sat, 23 Jun, 2018 - 12:00

This FBA Podcast is a talk by Ratnaprabha entitled ‘Sowing Seeds In the Soil of the Mind - The Alaya.’

The alaya, or storehouse consciousness, is the Buddhist equivalent of the unconscious mind. It is like a garden, in which every experience and action sows a seed which may later sprout and create our unfolding life.

This talk describes how this relates to the six sense awarenesses, the mind as a sense, and the...

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Dharmabyte: Our Illusory View

Posted by Sadayasihi on Thu, 21 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is another dip into the Yogachara from Subhuti called ‘Our Illusory View’. This is the last in a brilliant four-part series by Subhuti on the Yogachara school of Buddhist philosophy, which provides a comprehensive psychological overview of the workings of ‘consciousness’.

What can we do about the veils of our basic delusions? Where do ethics come into all this? Time to steep ourselves in reality again for another session with Subhuti as he grasps...

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Dharmabyte: What is actually happening?

Posted by Sadayasihi on Tue, 19 Jun, 2018 - 14:00

In this FBA Dharmabyte Arthapriya creatively explores the question: What is actually happening?

Arthapriya explores the Buddhist understanding of what we call reality, and how it is less common sensical than we might imagine. In particular, he questions how much our ‘outside world’ is in fact so strongly conditioned by our state of mind. Covering karma, emptiness, impermanence and galaxies, this is a wide ranging talk!

From the talk ‘The Nature of Reality‘ of a series of three talks entitled...

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FBA Podcast: Mind and Mental Events

Posted by Sadayasihi on Sat, 16 Jun, 2018 - 12:00

This FBA Podcast is called ‘Mind and Mental Events’ by Subhuti. These five omnipresent mental events (sarvatragas) constitute the basic mechanics of the mind; if you are conscious, they are present.

1. Feeling-tone (vedana)
2. Recognition (or conceptualisation) (samjna)
3. Directionality of mind (cetana)
4. Contact (sparsa)
5. Egocentric demanding (manaskara)

From this we can conclude that:
1. All our experience is feeling-toned. The more conscious we are...

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Dharmabyte: What Happens When We Stop and Listen?

Posted by Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is entitled ‘What happens when we stop and listen?’ from the talk ‘The Sound of Reality’ by Padmavajra.

This richly rewarding talk explores the place and function of sound in Buddhist practice and history, as well as within Padmavajra’s own spiritual life.

A wide-ranging cultural journey is made from John Coltrane to Sufi Qawwali, from mantra to Zen poetry, taking in Andre Gide, Renaissance Neoplatonism and the ancient Pali Verses en route. Not to...

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Dharmabyte: The Buddha and Reality

Posted by Sadayasihi on Tue, 12 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is entitled ‘The Buddha and Reality’ from the talk ‘The Buddha, God, and Reality’ by Sangharakshita.

Having considered Buddhism (in ‘The Buddha - Man or Superman’ and ‘Evolution: Lower and Higher’) in terms of process in time, and the Buddha himself as a historical figure, Sangharakshita now uses stories and quotations from the scriptures to show that the Buddha and reality are ultimately outside time. Talk given in 1966.

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FBA Podcast: The Buddha Beyond Siddhartha

Posted by Sadayasihi on Sat, 9 Jun, 2018 - 12:00

This FBA Podcast is called ‘The Buddha Beyond Siddhartha’ by Dassini. The first half of the talk looks at the Buddha’s early life and his battle with and the defeat of Mara. Then Dassini looks at the traditional Buddhist concept of time, and the division of time into Kalpas, inconceivably lengthy periods of time.

The talk concludes by looking at the Dharma niyama, the order of conditionality through which the attainment of Enlightenment is possible. 

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Dharmabyte: Reality and Intuition

Posted by Sadayasihi on Thu, 7 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is entitled ‘Reality and Intuition’ from the talk ‘All One Gorgeous Mistake’ by Vajradarshini.

A jewelled casket of a talk by Vajradarshini, with poetic accompaniment. Rumi meets Tsongkhapa in the Tavern of Ruin, and Dogen, Milarepa and Nagarjuna join them to talk about ‘self’ and ‘world’. Joanna Macy turns up too — then many voices, mixed and mingled, explore the experience of being part of an Order and following the Buddha’s way. Quite splendid...

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Dharmabyte: Perception (Samjna) - A Definition

Posted by Sadayasihi on Tue, 5 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘Perception (Samjna) - A Definition’, taken from the 6th talk in the parkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits by Padmavajra.

This extract contains a useful and considered introduction to the nature and workings of perception itself. With a special emphasis, too, on moving from a utilitarian attitude to other people towards a genuine sense of relationship founded on loving kindness.

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Dharmabyte: Working At Your Own Pace

Posted by Sadayasihi on Thu, 31 May, 2018 - 12:21

This FBA Dharmabyte, ‘Working at Your Own Pace’ is an excerpt from an Anapanasati Retreat led by Viveka, with her fresh and vibrant take on the traditional practice of anapanasati - mindfulness with breathing.

Using the breath as a stabilizing presence, this series of meditations (including two fully-guided practices) is designed to help us discover the nature of reality itself by encouraging us to notice what is actually happening each moment in a direct and open...

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