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Reverencing the Guru

Fri, 6 Nov, 2020 - 00:00
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.
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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.
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The Loveliest Bodhisattvas

Thu, 30 Jan, 2020 - 00:00
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.
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Fearless Love - A Personal Talk by Aryadasa

Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 00:00
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.
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Fearless Love - A Personal Talk by Joris

Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 00:00
In this short personal talk, Joris discusses his experience of moving through fear in order to live a life more dedicated to love and friendship. He talks about his movement away from a life of ambition and status and towards being increasingly connected with others. He also describes his experiences of the fears he had to overcome to make this movement. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in November 2019 as part of the Sub35 Men's 'Fearless Love' retreat.
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Buddhism, Culture and the Golden Light

Sat, 16 Nov, 2019 - 00:00
Saddharaja relates his first experiences and impact of Triratna culture on him. He explores the goddess Sarasvati from Chapter 7 of the sutra and the promises she makes to the monk who protects the sutra. This goddess represents culture and learning and the talk explores the cultures Buddhism has flourished in and the future of Buddhism in the world. The last of four talks given during the Open Retreat at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in October 2019.
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Compassion In a Chaotic and Dangerous World

Sat, 16 Nov, 2019 - 00:00
Saddharaja introduces Chapter 18 The Chapter on the Tigress. He explores self-sacrifice as a component of the Bodhisattva Ideal. He goes on to explore compassion and altruism, and how we can develop these by letting go of attachment and hatred, and thereby gaining true freedom. The third of four talks given during the Open Retreat at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in October 2019.
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Holding Ourselves Up to the Golden Light

Sat, 16 Nov, 2019 - 00:00
Saddharaja describes the rainy season in India and its role in the origin of confession practice in Buddhism. He goes on to describe the different kinds of confession practice, their benefits and how they totally differ from confession in other religions. He also introduces the sutra's nexus, Chapter 3 The Chapter on Confession with it's great import and beauty. The second of four talks given during the Open Retreat at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in October 2019.
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Entering Another World

Sat, 16 Nov, 2019 - 00:00
In this introductory talk to The Sutra of Golden Light, Saddharaja gives us an historical overview of the sutra, and its extraordinary reputation, plus a story about his own meeting with the sutra in 1983. He introduces chapters 1&2 and also suggests how we might best approach the sutra ourselves in order to experience its riches. The first of four talks given during the Open Retreat at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in October 2019.