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1967 and the Underground Counter-Culture

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 00:00
Manjunaga sets the scene for the beginning of the Movement in 1967. Given at the Tiratna@50 celebrations for the UK Northern region at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, Saturday 8 April 2017
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Subhuti - For the Welfare of the World (Audio)

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 8 Apr, 2017 - 23:01

A great talk by Subhuti, live streamed around the world from London at the time, to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Community. 

The fire of peace has been ignited in the world by the Buddha. It burns brightly today in the Triratna Order and movement, and inspired by Sangharakshita’s vision will burn well into the future – but how do we fan the flames so that the heat of practice transforms the world?

Chaired by Subhadramati....

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Sangharakshita and the Shadow of the Past

Posted by candradasa on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 19:06

A strong, moving, nuanced set of perspectives from Vishvapani on areas of historical controversy in the FWBO/Triratna, especially those involving our founder, Sangharakshita. 

The talk spans Vishvapani’s long involvement with the community in both its light and “shadow” aspects - from first coming across the Dharma in Croydon, UK, at the age of 14 in the 1980s until the present day. It is in many ways a timely look at the past and the present, rooted in the...

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Annihilation of Caste

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 4 Nov, 2016 - 00:00
Dr B. R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) was one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of India. He was born in poor circumstances as an Untouchable – high castes regarded physical contact with Untouchables as polluting and condemned them to do the dirtiest of jobs, sweeping and the collection of human detritus. But Dr Ambedkar’s natural ability and determination (and some good fortune) enabled him to rise above caste prejudice and become one of the founding fathers of modern India. He was the chief architect of the Indian constitution introduced at Independence in 1947 and saw the concept of Untouchability made illegal. But he had campaigned for decades. In 1936 Dr Ambedkar wrote a speech – famously not delivered – in which he outlined the case against the whole existence of caste divisions in India. In Annihilation of Caste, rationally and methodically, he takes apart the basis on which caste exists, and which has delivered harm, pain and misery on untold generations – and continues to do so. Individuals such as Mahatma Gandhi shamefully continued to defend caste distinctions (his response is included here). Even today, in modern India, many of the 200 million Dalits (as the ex-Untouchables now call themselves) experience severe prejudice and violence. Annihilation of Caste is as important a political statement concerning basic human rights as The Rights of Man or The Communist Manifesto, and is just as relevant in the 21st century where caste and class still exercise a baleful effect on society. In 1956, despairing of true justice for the ex-Untouchables within Hinduism, Dr Ambedkar, and millions of his followers, converted to Buddhism. Read by Sagar Agya With thanks to Dharma Audiobooks: dharmaaudiobooks.com
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The Buddha As the Symbol of Awakening

Posted by Centre Team on Sun, 22 May, 2016 - 12:57

Happy Buddha Day 2016! 

To mark this great festival day, Padmavajra evokes the qualities of the Buddha, and explores how seeing into the marks of existence is the best way to realise who and what the Buddha really was.

Buddha Day Talk given in Birmingham, UK, 2016

(Picture by Bodhidasa in Sydney, Australia)

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Meditating With Your Child

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 25 Sep, 2015 - 00:00
Upayavira was ordained in 2000, and became a parent soon after. Since then he has been exploring, often through necessity, ways to meditate with children around. He has led Meditation for Parents workshops at the Buddhafield Festival and at the Buddhafield Village retreat, as well at some local Buddhist Centres; with the aim of demonstrating that practicing with your young children present is not just possible, there can be some huge benefits in this form of practice.
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Gathering Wisdom While We May - The Opening of the Sangharakshita Library

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 4 Feb, 2015 - 00:04
Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order, has long dreamed of starting a new library to house his collection of 11,000+ books on Buddhism, the Dharma and literature (including extensive reference and poetry collections). Vidyadevi, one of the people who helped make it happen, introduces the new library as it finally opens its doors. Her passion for this project and her love of books is both infectious and challenging as she speaks about a library with its eyes...
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Brighton Buddhist Centre At 40! Part 1, Reminiscences

Posted by candradasa on Thu, 23 Oct, 2014 - 21:05
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Brighton Buddhist Centre in the UK! Listen to reminiscences from Mokshini, the current Chair, previous Chairs, previous presidents of Brighton Buddhist Centre, and Peter Field.

These talks were given over the celebration weekend which took place on the 18th and 19th of October 2014.

Part 2: View the history of the Centre at their different addresses

Part 3: Brighton Centre in context

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21-Day Meditation For Recovery - Week 1

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 12 Feb, 2014 - 00:00
Week one of a 21-day course in meditation to help with recovery. This course accompanies the book 'Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction' by Paramabandhu and Vimalasara.

Each meditation in this series is about 15 minutes long. It's a bite-sized length, great if you find it hard to make time or if you struggle with longer meditations. The meditations cover a wide range of topics including mindfulness, loving-kindness, ethics, wisdom and mantras. All the meditations have some background music which can help you to stay focused on the subject of meditation.
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Eight Step Recovery

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 12 Feb, 2014 - 00:00
Vimalasara speaks on the importance of loving oneself as a part of recovery from addiction as an introduction to her new book, co-authored with Paramabandhu, entitled 'Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction'. She goes on to discuss the life conditions that she and Paramabandhu have emerged from, and how those energies came together and inspired the writing of the book. Outlining the eight steps, Vimalasara demonstrates that, while the book was mainly written for those in recovery, it is in some way for everyone. The talk is followed by a question and answer session.
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