Today’s FBA Dharmabyte ”Fear, Terror, and Heroic Virtues” is an exploration of the cremation ground as a symbol of transformation. Are we ready to face our own death, and the total transformation it symbolises? From the talk “The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground and the Celestial Maidens”
Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 29 Feb, 2016 - 11:00
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte explores four reasons “Why We Fear Death” drawn by Kulaprabha from the Abhaya Sutta in the Pali Canon. It’s a lovely segment from a larger talk looking at the roots of fear, how it relates to change and transformation in spiritual practice, and how we can live more fearlessly.
In the story, Kisa Gotami’s grief for her dead child is completely transformed after her contact with the Buddha through the experience of compassion and insight, leading her to a life of spiritual commitment and renunciation.
Posted by Centre Team on Thu, 25 Feb, 2016 - 11:00
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte speaks here on the challenge of building a Buddhist movement. In “What is a Committed Buddhist?” he discusses the need for Buddhist movements to be run only by committed Buddhists and who actually practice the Buddha’s teachings, not by those who merely have an intellectual interest. But how can one know who is a committed Buddhist?
Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 22 Feb, 2016 - 18:27
Today’s FBADharmabyte features Dhammarati on the topic of Going for Refuge. In “Mind and the Nature of Commitment” he talks about setting the mind to purified intention and making correction after failure – crucial aspects in cultivating a committed Buddhist practice.
Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 22 Feb, 2016 - 18:21
Part of a series from Cambridge Buddhist Centre on the Six Distinctive Emphases of the Triratna Buddhist Community, today’s FBA Podcast from Aryajaya is entitled “Commitment is Key”. Here she discusses Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels, a thread that runs through all Buddhist traditions but which is drawn out strongly as a central principle in the Triratna tradition.
Here we are! The final Day of FBA, and today we have for you a roundup of some of the other resources on Free Buddhist Audio that we haven’t mentioned already (and there were so many!).
First, though, our main offering today is a lovely interview that was recorded with Dharmachakra’s Director, Candradasa. Candradasa has been involved since the early days of Dharmachakra, when there was just a small collection of taped recordings that were copied and mailed out to people....
Here’s a forthright and passionate talk by Vajratara, taking as its starting point the great contemporary Tibetan teacher Chatral (Chetul) Sangye Dorje, who died at the turn of the year. Vajratara considers his relationship to practice in Triratna, via his giving of the Green Tara practice to Sangharakshita. The main focus, however, is the need to practice the Dharma for others as part of a meaningful community, and she argues her case with a balance of down-to-earth humour and...
The Triratna Buddhist Order, from its inception, has held as one of its core principles an identical ordination for both men and women - something unique among Buddhist traditions. On day 11 of our 12 Days of FBA event we celebrate the women of our community with two talks from the series “Women Elders of the Triratna Buddhist Community”.
Dhammadinna and Mallika - ordained in 1973 and 1974 respectively - talk about the journey their spiritual lives have taken from...
We continue our opening theme for 2016 on mandalas with today’s FBA Dharmabyte podcast. Jvalamalini offers a gentle and thorough introduction to mandalas, in this excerpt the focus is on our personal lives. What’s central is what is most important to us.