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'For the Benefit of All Beings'

Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 01:00
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 - 01:00
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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Radiate Love

Mon, 5 Apr, 2021 - 01:00
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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Live United

Mon, 5 Apr, 2021 - 01:00
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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Cherish the Doctrine

Sun, 4 Apr, 2021 - 01:00
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 - 01:00
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 More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

Sat, 29 Aug, 2020 - 01:00
'Serenity, freedom from disease, joy and long life, the happiness of an emperor, prosperity; these the patient person receives while continuing in cyclic existence.' Padmavajra's sixth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara explores Shantideva's thorough exploration of the perfection of patience. In this chapter, Shantideva brings our attention to the seriousness of the faults of hatred and anger. He shows how such states of mind arise and gives a number of ways in which patience can be cultivated in relation to the various sufferings inherent in life, especially towards those who cause us - or our nearest and dearest - harm. It is clear that the practice of patience requires tremendous faith, strength and vision if it is to be perfected.
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The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

Sat, 29 Aug, 2020 - 01:00
"What is so special about me?" - Shantideva's Perfection of Meditation In the penultimate talk in his series devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter eight, the Perfection of Meditation (dhyana paramita). In this chapter, Shantideva tells us that in order to go deeply into meditation, we need to go into the solitude of body and mind, renouncing all worldly attachments and the usual way in which we relate to others. Having doing that, he shows how to develop an entirely new mind and heart, with a completely different way of being with others. This is achieved through the realisation of the sameness of self and others and the exchange of self and others. "Why say many words. Fools do things for themselves, the Buddha works for the welfare of others. Just look at the difference".
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The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

Sat, 29 Aug, 2020 - 01:00
"Like someone hankering for the pleasure and fruit of love-play" Padmavajra's seventh talk on Shantideva's Bodhicarayvatara is an exploration of chapter seven, the Perfection of Vigour (virya paramita). In this chapter Shantideva, makes it very clear that without virya there is no Enlightenment. He tells us what virya is, as well as what opposes virya, which include, sloth, laziness and self-contempt. He explains that virya is developed through the application of six powers: desire; pride; delight; letting go; dedication; and self-mastery. "Having become patient one should cultivate vigour, because Enlightenment depends on vigour. For without vigour there is no merit, just as there is no movement without wind".
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The Perfection of Wisdom and Dedication - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9 and 10

Sat, 29 Aug, 2020 - 01:00
In his final talk exploring Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra introduces us to Shantideva's exposition of the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Wisdom. Here, Shantideva tells us about the two truths, the conventional and the ultimate, as well as of the true meaning emptiness, which is the cure for the terrible sufferings that we undergo. In doing this he gives us a glimpse of the Bodhisattva "respectfully teaching emptiness ... to those who imagine a real world". The vision of emptiness opens into the final chapter Parinamana, in which Shantideva dedicates the merit of his Bodhicaryavatara for the benefit of all beings. Shantideva's dedication describes the boundless creativity of the Bodhicitta. "It is for the sake of Wisdom that the Muni taught this entire collection of preparations. Therefore, in the desire to put an end to suffering, one should develop wisdom."