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Bodhicitta, Reverence and Love

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 9 Oct, 2017 - 01:00
What is it that is truly essential to human and spiritual life? With warmth, conviction and inspiration, Padmavajra explores the crucially important themes of bodhicitta, reverence and love. This talk was given as part of the third Great Gathering at Padmaloka in 2017.
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Inviting the Enlightened Mind

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 9 Oct, 2017 - 01:00
Spiritual practice can be thought of in terms of developing positive qualities within ourselves. But in a very real sense it also consists in creating sufficiently beautiful conditions within our minds so that something from outside us may be invited in. This talk was given by Vadanya during the third Great Gathering of 2017 at Padmaloka.
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The System of Practice - Meditation Workshops

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 26 Aug, 2017 - 01:00
As part of the 2016 Mythic Context retreat at Padmaloka Maitreyabandhu led a number of meditation workshops for men training for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order, based on Sangharakshita's System of Practice. These sessions are packed with tips, tools and insightful pointers, all with the aim of deepening one's practice of meditation, and consequently of enriching one's whole life.
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With Loyalty to My Teachers

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 01:00
During the 2017 'What is the Order?' Going for Refuge retreat at Padmaloka, four Order members each gave a talk on one of the four vows taken when being ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In this first talk Padmavajra begins by speaking about the significance of the Triratna ordination ceremonies, before proceeding to passionately, personally and reverentially expound how he relates to the first vow, "with loyalty to my teachers, I accept this ordination". Unfortunately due to a hardware fault the second talk in the series given by Arthapriya was not recorded.
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Meeting Spiritual Friends

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 01:00
During the second Great Gathering of 2016 at Padmaloka, 'The Buddha's Vision of Friendship', Padmavajra gave three inspiring talks on the 'Meeting Spiritual Friends' chapter of The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by the great Tibetan master Gampopa. This was the second Buddhist text that Sangharakshita taught on the first Padmaloka retreat. In this text Gampopa reveals the Buddha's vision of the whole range of spiritual friends, from the Buddha, down to the most important of all, the spiritual friend in the form of an ordinary human being.
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For the Benefit of All Beings

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 01:00
During the 2017 'What is the Order?' Going for Refuge retreat at Padmaloka, four Order members each gave a talk on one of the four vows taken when being ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the fourth and final talk of the series Padmasagara speaks about the fourth orination vow, "for the benefit of all beings, I accept this ordination". With confidence and clarity he elucidates the significance and necessity of altruism in human life, what this means from the Buddhist perspective, and how the Triratna Buddhist Order can benefit others and the world.
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For the Attainment of Enlightenment

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 01:00
During the 2017 'What is the Order?' Going for Refuge retreat at Padmaloka, four Order members each gave a talk on one of the four vows taken when being ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the third talk of the series Satyaraja speaks about the third orination vow, "for the attainment of Enlightenment, I accept this ordination". With his usual warmth and clarity he explores topics such as the impossibility of a personal liberation, the necessity to reflect on our motives and how we can practically relate to Enlightenment, the goal of the Buddhist life.
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Ratnagunasamcayagatha Seminar

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 20 Aug, 2017 - 01:00
During the third Great Gathering of 2016 at Padmaloka, 'The Perfect Wisdom of the Gentle Buddhas', Padmavajra led three inspiring seminars on the Ratnagunasamcayagatha, a Perfection of Wisdom text.
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Ariyapariyesana Sutta Seminar

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 20 Aug, 2017 - 01:00
During the first Great Gathering of 2016 at Padmaloka, 'The Buddha's Noble Quest', Padmavajra led three inspiring seminars on the Ariyapariyesana Sutta. The sutta contains one of the oldest versions of the life of the Buddha, given by the Buddha himself. It was the first text on which Sangharakshita led a seminar on the first retreat held at Padmaloka.
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Shraddha - Part 3

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 1 Jul, 2017 - 01:00
The last of three talks on shraddha, or faith, given by Saddharaja at Padmaloka as part of the 2017 Summer retreat 'Gateways to Enlightenment'. Saddharaja concludes the series by giving 15 different things we can do to deepen our faith.
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