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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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FBA Podcast: Ultimate Freedom

Sat, 10 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

The Buddha said that just as the taste of the ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, so the Buddha’s teaching has one taste, the taste of freedom. Liberation, freedom or emancipation are the essence of the Buddha’s vision. In this wide ranging talk Padmavajra explains the conditions necessary to secure this heart’s release.

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Dharmabyte: Forging a Chain All the Time

Thu, 8 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Punyamala illustrates the nature of the fetters - habit, superficiality and vagueness - and gives clear, practical guidance, in a gently encouraging way, about how to weaken the fetters and develop spiritually. 
From the talk From Enchantment to True Delight - Reflections On Stream Entry given at the Triratna (Western) Buddhist Order Convention, 2009.

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Dharmabyte: Practice - Individual, Group + Sangha

Mon, 5 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

How do we retain our individuality while practicing with other people? Are we true individuals, or are we rebels, and are the two really that different? Karunadevi  explores the dangers and benefits of practicing within a sangha using the Buddha’s teaching on the mental fetters and various commentaries by Sangharakshita.

From the talk The Individual, the Group and the Spiritual Community given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, 2007.

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FBA Podcast: Freedom - The Bigger Picture

Sat, 3 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Spiritual freedom arises when your heart and mind is transformed. In order to live in a world that is harmonious, that’s loving, that’s enabling us to all fulfill our potential, then we all must be working for freedom in some way, working for our own and others, whoever they are. Suryagupta draws out the meaning of Freedom through the story of Nelson Mandela.

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