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.
Online Live Streamed Weekend for men who have asked for ordination and Order members.
During the course of the public ordination ceremony into the Triratna Buddhist Order, the public preceptor anoints the person being ordained with water from a special vase - the vase of initiation. This vase can be said to symbolise the entire meaning of going for refuge and ordination. In the course of this weekend for men training for ordination, Padmavajra will explore in...
Entering into Reality Undistractedly Inspiration for living from the ‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’
Friday, 19 February 2021 to Sunday, 21 February 2021
A worldwide, online event for all men practising within Triratna.
The men’s Great Gatherings at Padmaloka are an opportunity for us to come together for a weekend in large numbers to immerse ourselves in Buddhist practice. You can go a long way in your practice in the course of just a few days. On this weekend, we will be immersing ourselves in the world of...
In this very personal talk given to the Padmaloka Community and streamed to the Dublin Men's Sangha (who requested the talk) Padmavajra talks about his connection with Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita, including his first and last meetings with him, as well as a number of other significant meetings in between. Padmavajra is in no doubt that his meeting with Bhante completely changed his life.
The talk was given on Bhante's second death anniversary on Friday 30th October 2020.
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:
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.
In this talk Padmavajra explores the Altruistic dimension of Going for Refuge - The Bodhisattva Ideal - through Bhante's poem 'The Guardian Wall'.
He particularly explores the line in the poem: 'The loveliest Bodhisattvas are the anonymous' and what this means for somebody aspiring to practice the great ideal of the Bodhisattva.
Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre during the 'Bodhisattva Ideal' retreat in January 2020.
In this short personal talk, Aryadasa discusses his experience of moving through fear in order to live a life more dedicated to love and friendship. He talks about the difficulties involved in this transition and the fruits that come from working through such difficulties.
Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in November 2019 as part of the Sub35 Men's 'Fearless Love' retreat.