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Vigilance with Regard to the Bodhicitta - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 4

Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 01:00
"The defilements do not dwell in objects, nor in the collection of the senses, nor in the space in between. There is nowhere else for them to dwell and yet they churn up the entire universe." In his fourth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, given on the weekly Padmaloka retreat, Padmavajra explores Shantideva's discussion of vigilance (apramada) in relation to the cultivation of the Bodhicitta. In this chapter, Shantideva takes a sober look at the promises he has made to liberate all beings and the full implications of breaking those promises. He takes a good hard look at what will destroy the Bodhicitta, which are the defilements (kleshas) and strongly evokes the warrior spirit, declaring war on the defilements. He also reveals that he will do that through cultivating 'wisdom's glare'.
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Vigilance with Regard to the Bodhicitta - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 4

Mon, 27 Apr, 2020 - 01:00
"The defilements do not dwell in objects, nor in the collection of the senses, nor in the space in between. There is nowhere else for them to dwell and yet they churn up the entire universe."  In his fourth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, given on the weekly Padmaloka retreat, Padmavajra explores Shantideva's discussion of vigilance (apramada) in relation to the cultivation of the Bodhicitta. In this chapter, Shantideva takes a sober look at the promises he has made to liberate all beings and the full implications of breaking those promises. He takes a good hard look at what will destroy the Bodhicitta, which are the defilements (kleshas) and strongly evokes the warrior spirit, declaring war on the defilements. He also reveals that he will do that through cultivating 'wisdom's glare'.
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A Feast of Happiness for the Caravan of Famished Beings - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 3

Sat, 25 Apr, 2020 - 01:00
"For the caravan of famished beings wandering the road of existence, hungry for the enjoyment of happiness, this is a feast of happiness offered as refreshment to all who come". In his third talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores themes from the third chapter, 'The Full Acceptance of the Bodhicitta', in which Shantideva describes the wonder of the arising of the Bodhicitta, the profound selflessness of the Bodhisattva Vow and the pride of being born as a Buddha son. The talk was given in honour of Bodhisattva Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti and our brothers and sisters in India. Throughout the talk Padmavajra refers to Dr Ambedkar's life.
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Giving Ourselves Completely to the Buddhas - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 2

Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 01:00
"And I give myself to the Conquerors completely, and to their sons. Take possession of me Sublime Beings. In devotion I become your servant". In his second talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra tells us how Shantideva takes to heart, ever more firmly, the Bodhicitta, through his lavish performance of puja and a searing confession of faults. The talk was given in the shrine room on the weekly Padmaloka day retreat. It was given in honour of the anniversary of Sangharakshita's founding of the Triratna Buddhist Order on 7th April 1968.
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Shining the Light of Tara - Inspiration From Dhardo Rimpoche For These Fearful Times

Fri, 3 Apr, 2020 - 01:00
On the thirtieth anniversary of death of Urgyen Sangharakshita's teacher - Dhardo Rimpoche, Padmavajra commemorates Rinpoche's life, work and example and how his message might inspire us in these fearful times. The talk was given in the Padmaloka shrine room to the Padmaloka community on a day devoted to honouring Dhardo Rimpoche.
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Bodhicitta: The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 1

Fri, 3 Apr, 2020 - 01:00
"Taking this image of the human form the Bodhicitta transmutes it into the priceless image of the Jewel of the Conqueror. Grasp tightly this highly potent elixir, known as the Bodhicitta, which must be thoroughly worked." In his first talk on Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara, given on a day retreat to the Padmaloka community, Padmavajra speaks of Sangharakshita's evocation of the Bodhicitta. He goes on to talk about his discovery of the Bodhicarayavatara and what is known of the life of Shantideva. The main part of the talk is Padmavajra's discussion of some of the verses of the first chapter of the Bodhicaryavatara, especially of verse ten, in which the Bodhicitta is likened to the highly potent quicksilver elixir of the alchemist, capable of transforming the worst of things into the Bodhicitta. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre on the 1st April 2020.
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Lead Bodhicitta Practice

Fri, 3 Apr, 2020 - 01:00
Satyaraja leads us through the Bodhicitta practice, otherwise known as 'tonglen'. I'd recommend first listening to the talk on the practice given by Satyaraja during the Padmaloka 2018 Winter Retreat, 'The Awakening of the Bodhi Heart', where he introduces and explains the practice more fully: https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC4626 The meditation was recorded during a Padmaloka community day retreat held during the 'COVID-19 rainy season'.
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The Bodhicitta Practice

Thu, 2 Apr, 2020 - 01:00
Towards the end of 2018 Satyaraja led the Padmaloka Winter Retreat, 'The Awakening of the Bodhi Heart'. This was a two-week intensive meditation retreat for men training for ordination and Order members. The retreat was centred around the 'Bodhicitta practice', also known as 'tonglen', a weighty meditation practice that, through contemplating emptiness and arousing great compassion, aims at nothing less than giving rise to the Bodhicitta, or 'will to Enlightenment' for the benefit of all. During this talk Satyaraja introduces us to the principles and form of this profound practice.
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Essential Meditation - Entire Retreat

Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 00:00
At the beginning of March Satyaraja led a new retreat at Padmaloka, titled 'Essential Meditation'. The aim was to provide people with a foundational toolkit of principles and practical guidance to help them take full ownership of their meditation practice and therefore develop it to the next level. The retreat covered all areas of working in meditation from posture, balanced effort and working on the hindrances, to access concentration, the dhyanas and insight. The talks are by Satyaraja, Dharmadipa and Surata. Some of the meditations were also recorded, which you may like to use for guideded meditation. It was amazing to see the extent to which people's meditation practices were transformed and enriched during the course of the week, just by emphasizing and applying these so called 'basics'. You can download a document containing the various lists mentioned in the talks here: bit.ly/EssentialLists 
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Fearless Creativity: The Bodhisattva Warrior

Thu, 5 Mar, 2020 - 00:00
In this talk Padmavajra explores the first two verses of the Dhammapada and their far reaching implications. He explores how we create not only our own happiness or suffering through our actions but also how we create worlds, worlds of suffering or worlds conducive to human growth and even freedom. He then describes how the Bodhisattva works tirelessly and heroicly to create a Buddha field for the benefit of all beings. Talk given during the February Great Gathering weekend at Padmaloka Retreat Centre.