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Breaking Out and Batter Down the Door

Sat, 3 Jul, 2021 - 00:00
In this talk given on an online men's Great Gathering. Padmavajra reads and comments on Bhante's short poem 'I Want to Break Out..." In this talk we hear about Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita in the very early days of starting the Order and Movement in London. We hear about tramping the windy moor, about friendship and communication. We hear about "cutting up the Void with a knife", pitching the stars from their place - and being blinded by the sky blue eye of Reality. This is a talk about a poem filled with ecstasy of breaking out and breaking through...
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'In Harmony with Friends and Companions'

Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 00:00
Through looking closely at 'In harmony with friends and companions' Vidyadaka explores the conditions for disharmony, and talks about envy and miserliness. We need to overcome these two unskilful mental states in order to discover harmony and to keep the pathway open to the dharma. By developing kindly speech and generosity we discover that a deep harmony can arise which is symbolized by the 1000 Armed, 11 headed Avalokitesvara.
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'With Loyalty to My Teachers'

Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 00:00
In the first of a series of talks on the four ordination acceptance verses or vows, Padmasagara begins with the theme of loyalty towards our spiritual teachers by exploring the Buddha's encounter with a young hedonist named Yasa in the Deer Park at Isipathana.
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'For the Benefit of All Beings'

Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 00:00
In this talk, Surata explores the last of the four acceptance verses or vows and clarifies the true nature of ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order, which one accepts for the benefit of all beings.
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'For the Attainment of Enlightenment'

Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 00:00
When we Go for Refuge, we can only Go for Refuge to that which is lokuttara - 'beyond the world'. In the third talk in this series, Satyaraja speaks of the need for a total orientation of our being towards Enlightenment through setting up conditions (pratitya samutpada), and the development of the Five Spiritual Faculties.
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Live United

Mon, 5 Apr, 2021 - 00:00
In this talk on 'Live United' Vidyadaka explores how we actually do this and draws out deeper aspects of its meaning. Firstly, we need to live united with ourselves, then learn to live united with others, with our teachers and with reality. Covering themes such as the true individual, spiritual friendship, vertical communication, and renunciation. This talk is part of a series on Dhardo Rimpoche's motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'.
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Radiate Love

Mon, 5 Apr, 2021 - 00:00
In this talk Dharmadipa looks at the third part of Dhardo Rimpoche's Motto "Radiate Love". The talk begins with the significance of the Metta Bhavana as well as practical tips about the practice. This is followed by an exploration of the Bodhisattva Ideal, connecting teachings from the "Mind Training" tradition with Shunyata and the Mahayana Sutras. Finally Dharmadipa explores how the three parts of the Motto hang together and support each other. This talk is part of a series on Dhardo Rimpoche's motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'.
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Cherish the Doctrine

Sun, 4 Apr, 2021 - 00:00
In the Amitayurdhyana sutra of the Pureland tradition, the Buddha Shakyamuni manifests himself before the imprisoned Queen, Vaidehi - thrown into the deepest dungeon by her son, Prince Ajatasatru - and teaches her to meditate on the Buddha Amitabha in the western Buddhafield of Sukhavati, the Land of Bliss. In this talk, Padmasagara draws themes from the sutra to demonstrate that in order to 'Cherish the Doctrine', we must understand its value, appreciate its beauty, and connect to it on the basis of Imagination. This talk is part of a series on Dhardo Rimpoche's motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'.
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A Living Bodhisattva - The Life of Dhardo Rimpoche

Sun, 4 Apr, 2021 - 00:00
To introduce a series of talks on the motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love', Padmasagara gives a biographical sketch of Dhardo Rimpoche's life, told primarily through the eyes of our own teacher - Urgyen Sangharakshita - who came to regard Dhardo Rimpoche as a 'living bodhisattva' and from whom he received the bodhisattva ordination in 1962. This talk is part of a series on Dhardo Rimpoche's motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'.
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The Just Sitting Practice

Sun, 21 Mar, 2021 - 00:00
In this series of talks, Satyaraja introduces us to the Just Sitting practice. The talks were given during the 2020 online Winter Retreat at Padmaloka on the theme of Just Sitting and the Diamond Sutra.