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Dharmabyte: Beauty, Love and The Rite of Fascination

Mon, 22 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

The Vajrayana, or Tantric Buddhism, is a path of radical transformation that harnesses the energy of life’s deepest and strongest experiences. Falling in love is one such experience that can provide great masses of energy to power our spiritual development.

Vadanya reveals how in the Vajrayana we fall in love not with other people but with the person who we can become - with the ideal of the Enlightened mind - especially as experienced in the figure of the...

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FBA Podcast: Touching the Earth with Love

Sat, 20 Feb, 2021 - 06:02

How might we respond, as Buddhists, to the emerging environmental crises facing the planet? Starting from where his earlier talk, “Saying Goodbye to the Earth,” leaves off, Gunopeta explores the implications of what happens when we open our hearts to our deep emotional response to these crises.

With the aid of guided meditation, poetry, ritual, and our felt connection to nature and the holiness of place, we can learn to “touch the Earth...

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Dharmabyte: Embracing the Impossible

Thu, 18 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

Love (compassion and practising for others) and liberation (wisdom and practising for ourselves) are both essential aspects of the Dharma life. With stories of the Buddha, anecdotes from  Maitrisiddhi’s own life, and suggestions around how to respond creatively to the planet’s ecological crisis.

From the talk Love, Liberation and the Bodhisattva Ideal given on a weekend retreat for local sangha members in the broader community at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Love is Everywhere

Mon, 15 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

Dharmashalin offers his reflections in the first in a three talk series exploring the Rumi quote: ‘Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.’

Excerpted from the talk entitled Love Past the Barriers 1: Rumi and Our Stories About What Love Should Look Like given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2021

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FBA Podcast: The Revolutionary Power of Love

Sat, 13 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

The Karaniya Metta sutta is the focus for Parami’s exploration of working with anger, working with polarisation in our relationships and in the world. She uses the lesson of the extremes in this current moment in history as a launching pad for insight into the nature of love.

She gave this talk to the gathered Triratna Buddhist Community in Scotland at their New Year gathering online. It has the flavour of a call to practice and...

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Dharmabyte: Dhardo Rimpoche: Myth and Friendship

Thu, 11 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

Paraga discusses the importance of connecting with both Myth and Kalyana Mitrata as key aspects to help translate Dhardo Rimpoche’s aspect of ‘Radiate Love’ into our Dharma life.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Radiate Love given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the ‘A Living Bodhisattva’ retreat in March 2019.

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Dharmabyte: A State of Being Beyond Imagination

Mon, 8 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

Subhadramati explores integration as a process of meeting Mara in her life and in scenes in the life of the Buddha, and the fulfillment of integration during the Buddha’s last days of exquisite love.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Lion’s Roar: Why Integration = Love given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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FBA Podcast: Moving Through Fear Into Love

Sat, 6 Feb, 2021 - 06:50

In this talk, Satyakirti explores a set of ways through which we can work with fear in our practice, particularly through love and friendship. Using the Angulimala Sutta as an example, he explains how even the greatest fears can be overcome, and how a Buddha is entirely free from fear.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in December 2019 as part of the Sub35s ‘Fearless Love’ retreat.

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Dharmabyte: Great Love as Emptiness

Thu, 4 Feb, 2021 - 06:32

Here we have Padmavajra talking about the importance of bhavana in our metta practice –  the growing of friendly feelings, friendly responses, slowly, gently, like a garden. What you attend to, you become. It is vital that we engage with the practice honestly, starting where we actually are and gradually moving towards non-dual loving kindness, maha maitri, the Great Love that has dissolved the distinction between self and other.

From the talk entitled Introducing the Great Love...

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Dharmabyte: Gratitude for Life

Mon, 1 Feb, 2021 - 06:29

Amitasuri explores what can happen when faced with well-being, illness, ageing and death, and looks at how the Dharma might influence our response. Amitasuri takes her Dharma practice to her work as a Buddhist Hospital Chaplain, where she supports health and well-being through pastoral, religious and spiritual care for staff, patients and their families in a number of hospitals in Greater Manchester.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Living What We Love: A Response to the Four Sights...