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FBA Podcast: Tantra For the Modern World

Sat, 7 Mar, 2020 - 14:00

Satyajyoti introduces the tantra: Buddhism to set life aflame through deep personal transformation of our direct experience. Out with abstractions and theory, it’s time to act ‘as if your turban was on fire!’ In the words of Sangharakshita, ‘making Buddhism respectable is the last thing we should do’. 

In her introductory talk, Satyajyoti outlines five key principles of Tantric Buddhism and explains the tantric equivalents of the three Buddhist refuges, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

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Dharmabyte: Diamond Thunderbolt Way

Thu, 5 Mar, 2020 - 14:00

Candradasa takes a personal look at aspects of magic in the East and West, considering its place in Buddhist history and practice and also its meeting with Christianity at the time of the Renaissance. What emerges is a picture of how magic defined in various ways can be a powerful metaphor for the everyday work of Buddhist meditation and ethical practice - with the enchantment of love and wisdom fused the only one we need. The Buddha is the...

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Dharmabyte: Journey of Internal Transformation

Mon, 2 Mar, 2020 - 14:00

The ‘Vajrayana’ means ‘the way of the vajra’. Satyalila explores and explains how the vajra symbolizes the capacity to transform our darkest and most difficult experience into the liberated energy of awakening. She describes her personal experience of this and concludes with an exploration of the five Buddha mandala as a way of bringing powerful diverse energies into creative, harmonious relationship.

From the talk Imagination, the Vajrayana & Us, part of the series Imagination, the Buddhist Tradition...

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FBA Podcast: Imagining the Tantric Gathering

Sat, 29 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

When we approach the Dharma and looking at Buddhism try to imagine the people from who it comes, the communities from which it arises. In the origins of Indian Tibetan Buddhism there isn’t a lot of material available, and there are lots of secrets!

Padmavajra rounds out a series of talks at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre (UK, 2017) on the Tantric Path with this thought-provoking investigation into the spiritual intimacies of Buddhist sangha.

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Dharmabyte: Dakini as Shapeshifter and Protector

Thu, 27 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

Karunasara takes us into the timeless world of the Dakini Vajrayogini, with an explanation of the symbolic meanings found in Tantric imagery and visualization of her, as well as an overview of her spiritual qualities.

From the talk The Symbolic Meaning of Vajrayogini given at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, 2010.

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’Thank you’ Karunasara…insightful and inspiring. ❤️❤️❤️

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Dharmabytes: The Strength of Nothing Hidden

Mon, 24 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

We often think that our best defense is to protect ourselves with a barrier between ourselves and the world. On the contrary, the dakini has the complete realization that in the end there is nothing to defend. In enlightenment all we were ever defending was a pattern of defensiveness, you realize there was nothing to defend.

From the talk entitled The Dakini & the Skull Garland by Subhadramati given at London Buddhist Centre, 2020.

Tantric Buddhism is concerned with the...

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FBA Podcast: The Burning Ground

Sat, 22 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

Moksatara introduces the dakini, the tantric embodiment of what’s possible when all of our energy is completely engaged, alive and flowing. These beings of limitless space have complete freedom of mind, fierce energy and a full emotional engagement with life.

In order to meet the dakinis we must travel to where they dwell: the cremation grounds, where bodies are taken to be burnt. The deepest, darkest energies to be transformed are associated with fear. By deliberately plunging...

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Dharmabyte: The Episode of the Untimely Flowers

Thu, 20 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

Here Sangharakshita recounts one of the stories from the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, that of The Episode of Untimely Flowers. Reflections based around the Buddha’s Parinirvana (‘death’), stress the importance of impermanence.

From the lecture entitled Between Twin Sala Trees as part of the series Incidents from the Pali Canon,1983.

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Dharmabyte: The Buddha is Eternal

Mon, 17 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

In this talk on the Buddha’s parinirvana, Vadanya explores how we can use our imagination to have a real living connection with the Buddha, and how we can make our own future potential for enlightenment a source of strength and guidance in our present lives.

From the talk Is the Buddha Dead - For Us given at a Men’s Event, Padmaloka Retreat Centre, October 2011, as part of the series entitled Parinirvana Day.

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Thank you Vadanya!

…Yes, I’ve  heard of the ‘The Three V’s of Communication’. It’s an affective model often used in training to present excellent customer service and marketing in the business world.

Visual, Vocal and Verbal. 

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FBA Podcast: Holding Ourselves Up to the Golden Light

Sat, 15 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

Here Saddharaja describes the rainy season in India and its role in the origin of confession practice in Buddhism. He goes on to describe the different kinds of confession practice, their benefits and how they totally differ from confession in other religions. 

He also introduces the The Sutra of Golden Light’s nexus, Chapter 3, The Chapter on Confession with its great import and beauty.

The second of four talks given during the...

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