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The Three Protectors: Avalokitesvara

Mon, 12 Apr, 2021 - 00:00
The first in a series of talks by Parami looking at the Three Protectors. In this talk she looks at Avalokitesvara, the embodiment of Great Compassion. How can the figure and symbolism of Avalokitesvara help us, especially in difficult times? The talk was given online in 2020 at Manchester Buddhist Centre’s Sangha evening.
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The Three Protectors: Vajrapani

Mon, 12 Apr, 2021 - 00:00
The third in a series of talks by Parami looking at the Three Protectors. In this talk she looks at Vajrapani, the deep-blue embodiment of Energy. How can the figure and symbolism of Vajrapani help us, especially in difficult times? The talk was given online in 2020 at Manchester Buddhist Centre’s Sangha evening.
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Spiritual Death

Sun, 10 May, 2020 - 00:00
In a talk given as part of Manchester Buddhist Centre's Urban Retreat, February 2020, Mahasraddha looks at Spiritual Death, and in particular our receptivity to impermanence and insubstantiality.
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What is the Point of Sangha?

Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
Silabodhi shares some personal reflections on the importance of Sangha and selflessness in spiritual life. Talk given at Manchester Buddhist Centre at the Sangha Day Festival, November 2019.
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Green Tara, my Friend

Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
Taravandana reflects on the possibilities of developing a friendship with an archetypal Bodhisattva figure, like Green Tara. Talk given at Manchester Buddhist Centre at a day for women training for ordination in December 2019.
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The Ideal Society and the Ideal Individual

Wed, 29 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
Siladevi reflects on an aspect of Buddhism that is often played down, but is nonetheless an organic part of Buddhism-that of working together with others to effect change in the world. Talk given at Manchester Buddhist Centre during a day in commemoration of the death of Sangharakshita, 30 October 2019.
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Dharma Wondrous Strange: 4. A Bad Apple

Tue, 28 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
In this fourth talk of eight, Ratnaguna suggests that the only way we can really be part of a spiritual community is by being authentic: revealing who we truly are. This is the only real basis both for friendship and spiritual growth. Unfortunately, the first ten minutes of the talk failed to record. Ratnaguna has kindly provided us some notes detailing what he said which can be accessed here https://manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk/a-bad-apple/
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Sitting with the Buddha: Encountering Spiritual Death and Rebirth

Sun, 26 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
Mahasraddha leads a visualisation meditation on the Buddha in relation to Spriritual Death and Rebirth, for Manchester Buddhist Centre's Urban Retreat, February 2020
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Dharma Wondrous Strange: 3. The Narrow Path to Freedom

Thu, 16 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
In this third talk of eight, Ratnaguna suggests that the path to enlightenment requires that we apply a consistent and balanced effort to our Buddhist practice. He also warns us of the dangers of having expectations of what spiritual progress might look like. The talk was given on 10th April via Zoom, following the temporary closure of Manchester Buddhist Centre due to the Coronavirus pandemic
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Dharma Wondrous Strange: 2. A Gradual Deepening

Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
In this second talk of eight, Ratnaguna gives us ten pieces of advice from the Buddha that speak to the isolation we're experiencing whilst the country is in lockdown. The talk was given on 3rd April via Zoom, following the temporary closure of Manchester Buddhist Centre due to the Coronavirus pandemic.