What is the history of the Dharmachari Ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Order? What are the other various 'chariyas' in Buddhist tradition? And most importantly, how do we establish and deepen the Dharmacharya; the life lived in and through the Buddha's teaching? Perhaps in doing so, we'll eventually be able to discover for ourselves the profound truth of the Buddha's Enlightenment.
In this talk, Padmavajra shares his experience, reflections, and insights into the nature of ordination and how to deepen and establish the Dharma Life. In doing so, he evokes the vision of what that life might look like and what it might lead to.
The talk was given during the Autumn Going for Refuge Weekend at Padmaloka in 2022
In his second presentation, Padmavajra explores the poem The Unseen Flower. In the course of his talk Padmavajra explores in some detail the symbolism of perfume, emptiness, compassion and finally arriving at some reflections on Bhante's long poem The Veil of Stars.
In this talk Padmavajra gives his own interpretation of Bhante's Advent. A poem about waiting long into the night, waiting for a mysterious stranger and what happens when he arrives. In the course of his exploration, Padmavajra refers to the Indian devotional term viraha or anguished separation of the lover, the poetry of George Herbert, Rilke's Duino Elegies and alchemy.
Bhante Sangharakshita's 'A Survey of Buddhism' is an incredibly rich and dense work of literature in which he expounds on all of the essential doctrines in Buddhism. For this very reason the book may come across as a slightly daunting subject of study.
In this talk, Dharmadipa shares his knowledge and expertise in relation to studying the Dharma, and in particular how to approach Bhante's Magnum Opus, 'A Survey of Buddhism'.
The talk was given during the Transcendental Principle retreat at Padmaloka in the summer of 2022.
In the tantric tradition, the yidam - the Buddha or Bodhisattva upon which one meditates intently - is the "guhya" or secret Dharma refuge because they embody the entire Dharma. For us, as modern western Buddhists following Sangharakshita's particular presentation of the Dharma, is it appropriate that we see the Dharma refuge in the same terms? In this talk, Padmasagara argues that we need a broader approach to Going for Refuge to the Dharma which includes the strong foundations of a clear conceptual understanding of the Buddha's teaching, while also including a "guhya" or secret dimension derived from the three things given to us by our preceptor at the time of the private ordination ceremony: the refuges and precepts, the mantra and visualization practice of a particular Buddha or Bodhisattva, and a Dharma name.
In this introductory talk, Padmavajra goes back to the earliest descriptions of Going for Refuge and explores the Refuges as the true reliances in life. He also explores why Bhante talked about the Secret Refuges in his first presentation of Effective Going for Refuge.
Don’t listen to this talk if you want a straightforward explanation of what a dakini may or may not be. In fact, what is prompting you to listen to a talk on the dakini in the first place? Vidyadaka talks around the theme in this rousing exploration of the dakini, the gestalt and the artist.
Who and what is the Guru? How does one go for refuge to him? And what does it mean to be a disciple?
These are some of the questions covered in this talk, in which Surata evokes and explores the nature of the esoteric (guhya) Buddha Refuge; the Guru.
The talk was given during the Secret Refuges retreat at Padmaloka in the summer of 2020.
In this talk Padmavajra explores the the eight consciousnesses of the Yogacara, the eight great cremation grounds and the 'mysterious home of the dakini'.
The talk was given during the men's Great Gathering in the summer of 2020.
In this wide ranging talk, Amalayodhin gives an introduction to the history and symbol of the cremation grounds. Given on a summer men's Great Gathering at Padmaloka, the talk covers topics such as death, taking responsibility and avoiding blame and resentment. He draws out the necessity of seeking out those places that demand more of us then we can give in our current form, and in process break and reform as more potent, loving and effective beings.