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Dharmabyte: Expressing Gratitude

Thu, 17 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

The Bodhicaryavatara culminates with verses of sublime beauty expressing a deep and profound desire for the alleviation of suffering. Maitrisara evokes these verses with tenderness and delight, whilst also turning back to that tricky topic of hell.

From the talk entitled Dedication In the Bodhicaryavatara (6 of 6), part of the series The Bodhicaryavatara given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Undermining Certainty

Mon, 14 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

The whole of the Bodhicaryavatara builds to Shantideva’s exposition on Wisdom. Yet often the commentaries skip it, with humbleness and strong sense of biting off more than he can chew Dharmashalin tries to explore how we can engage with this material.

From the talk Wisdom In the Bodhicaryavatara (5 of 6), part of the series The Bodhicaryavatara given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: Transcendental Refuge In the Time of Covid-19

Sat, 12 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

Candrika explores how we might work with the mythic dimension in our current situation of pandemic. There is so much going on in our local and global community. Candrika takes us through the wisdom and symbolism of the Five Buddha Mandala to help us make sense of the world, helping us to work with difficult feelings of fear, disruption, despair.

Talk given as part of the Glasgow Buddhist Centre, Scotland, April 2020.

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Dharmabyte: The Abode of Security

Thu, 10 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

In this talk Dharmasri helps us discover confession using extracts from pujas such as those from the Sutra of Golden Light and the Vajrasattva puja. Exploring what confession is and is not with an emphasis on self metta and the feeling of liberation that comes from having all of ourselves witnessed by others.

From the talk Confession: Refining Our Ethical Sensitivities given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in May 2016 as part...

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Dharmabyte: Unconditional Surrender

Mon, 7 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

Saccanama explores the three myths of spiritual life and the crisis of the self - reason and will are no longer able to cope. In this excerpt we hear about Shinran’s life with readings on self-power and other-power. Dharmakara becomes Amida – the central myth of the Pure Land schools.

From the talk Faith, the Crisis of the Self and Self-Surrender recorded at the Swedish Summer Retreat at Dharmagiri, July 2019 as part of the...

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FBA Podcast: The Luminous Mind

Sat, 5 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

Here Akuppa explores the story of who you are and how you come to create the story of you. We need a different story. Living from a truer story of our luminosity and what happens when we come together on the basis of our luminous mind/heart.

This is Part 1 of two talks given by Akuppa to the Triratna Buddhist Community in Scotland online gathering in June 2020.

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Dharmabyte: Receptivity and Transformation

Thu, 3 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

Mahasraddha  shares how his relationship with the Buddha has been central to his life. Are we open to the teachings of the Buddha? What impact does impermanence have on your life? What does transformation look like in your life?

From the talk entitled Spiritual Death given at Manchester Buddhist Centre as part of the Urban Retreat, February 2020.

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Dharmabyte: Hatred: A Dangerous Mental Poison

Mon, 31 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Khemasuri explores the theme of Anger and Patience in Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara at Sangha Night, Sheffield Buddhist Centre. From the talk entitled Gratitude to Everyone given April, 2008 as part of a series on Great Buddhist Texts.

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FBA Podcast: Here, Then

Sat, 29 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Subhadassi talks about dharma practice in challenging times, drawing on poetry & literature (Pablo Neruda & Franz Kafka) and the Perfection of Wisdom Tradition (especially the Heart Sutra). We also bump into the householder Vimalakirti, Subhadassi’s wife & children, the Diamond Sutra, Compassion, the Three Lakshanas & Hakuin along the way.

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Dharmabyte: Effort Characterized by Joy

Thu, 27 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Dhammadinna shares her thoughts on viriya/vigour as derived from Chapter 7 of the Bodhicaryavatara.

The Bodhicaryavatara is an 8th century text written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk from the monastic ‘university’ at Nalanda, India, and Dhammadinna presented this material over three sessions on an Order retreat called “Teaching the Bodhicaryavatara.” She says at the beginning that she isn’t giving a formal talk and, indeed, the title is her description of what she was doing…. sharing some thoughts...