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Entering the Mandala

Posted by Viriyalila on Tue, 26 Feb, 2013 - 12:40
If you like listening to these talks, this is a lovely introduction on mandalas titled: “Entering the Mandala” by Garava.

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Candradasa in conversation on Pagan FM

Posted by candradasa on Sat, 12 Jan, 2013 - 18:11
Candradasa from the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Dharmachakra, home of thebuddhistcentre.com and Free Buddhist Audio, in conversation with Deirdre Hebert and Jasper Salach from Pagan FM radio. A wide-ranging discussion about Buddhism, old and new, and the spirit of different religious approaches to life and death. With a little sprinkle of magic every so often!

You can hear the whole show with music here.

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A wee correction via Suvajra!

“The caste system has not been outlawed. Its just that ‘untouchability’ has been outlawed. It’s ‘outcaste’ that’s been ditched - and re-named as ‘scheduled caste’. The caste system itself is still intact and if you don’t have a caste by virtue of your family history you then belong to scheduled caste (SC) or scheduled tribe (ST) and a few other categories like that.”
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Salutation to the Three Jewels

Posted by Viriyalila on Wed, 9 Jan, 2013 - 18:09
Our Sangha Night theme this month is Going for Refuge and Faith in Buddhist Practice. In a few weeks we’ll be chanting the ‘Tiratana Vandana’ - a classic Buddhist salute to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

Here’s is a recording of this well-loved chant from Free Buddhist Audio, just to give you a little taste of what’s to come.

Sangha Nights - January 2013

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Religion Without God, Part 4 - Magic For the Modern World

Posted by candradasa on Sat, 10 Nov, 2012 - 14:50
In the final talk of our series on ‘Religion Without God’, Candradasa offers a personal look at aspects of magic in the East and West, considering its place in Buddhist history and practice and also its meeting with Christianity at the time of the Renaissance. What emerges is a picture of how magic defined in various ways can be a powerful metaphor for the everyday work of Buddhist meditation and ethical practice - with the enchantment of love and wisdom...
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Religion Without God, Part 3 - Death and the Biggest Questions of All

Posted by candradasa on Sat, 20 Oct, 2012 - 20:57
In the third talk in our ‘Religion without God’ series, we have some big questions. When you don’t believe in an afterlife, what vision can there be around death and dying? What did the Buddha mean when he taught about karma, re-becoming and rebirth?

Here Candradasa uses Buddhist scripture, vision literature, and poetry to tease out a sense of the Buddha’s awesome vision of what life is, and how that might affect our ideas of what happens after death...
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I’ve been enjoying this series. When I try to “play all” this talk thru the browser (in FF and Safari, actually) it stops around 3:36 both here and on the fba site. Will download, but thought I’d let you know. Probably so popular it’s challenging the server. ;)
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Ha ha - yes, Mary, undoubtedly server load! ;) Thanks - will investigate…
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Works ok he on iPad, Mary, though I am having trouble on the FBA version using ‘play all’ (individual tracks work ok so it might be HTML5 audio pre-load/caching). Can you send an email with browser, OS details, etc. and we’ll check it out? Thanks!
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Yes, FBA did finally load on iPad - Safari is particularly slow with HTML5 audio streaming things and I’d honestly recommend Chrome for that. But both contexts did work eventually
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I’ll try again from home tonight and send details if it’s still a problem. I’m glad to hear it played when you tried!
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Spiritual Receptivity and Just Sitting

Posted by candradasa on Tue, 16 Oct, 2012 - 13:40
We’ve been touching throughout the ‘Religion Without God’ series on the idea of working in meditation to get a feel for a ‘space’ or ‘gap’ between the arising of a feeling (in response to what we take in via the senses) and our emotional/volitional response (liking, not liking, etc.). Vessantara is pretty wonderful on this kind of ‘spiritual receptivity’ work, looking to see what is present in our experience and learning how to attend to it...
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Religion Without God, Part 2: Sex and Morality - Going Beyond Puritanism

Posted by candradasa on Fri, 12 Oct, 2012 - 22:09
In the second talk in his ‘Religion Without God’ series, Candradasa considers the origins of negative views of the body and its desires in relation to spiritual life, as seen through the prism of Puritanism and its influences.

Tracking the Platonic ideal through St. Augustine we get a sense of the conditioning we seek to move away from as Buddhists while still wrestling with the key questions posed by our own experience of the connection between desire and suffering.
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This was a great talk. I’ve been thinking about “space” since then– even told my 9 year old to “pause” before he jumped into more food!
It was also helpful for me to expand my first reaction definition of “sex” to include more than physical desire - but emotional & intimacy desires. Frankly, I doubt my physical desires have caused harmed, but potentially my emotional neediness has been overwhelming to others. There you go– I posted!
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Thanks, Melissa! Glad you liked it and took time to respond! Yes, desire and intimacy, emotional needs (and neediness), physical affection, all that - a fascinating area when we think about it in terms of the self we create and the world we create through expression of all these things. I find it a relief not to have to think of it all literally with a model of giant cosmic forces like God, the Devil, Salvation, etc. As you seem to experience, ‘space’ seems more fitting as a way of approaching it, is so straightforward even a wee boy can get a feel for it!
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Death and the Self, and the Buddha's Unanswered Questions

Posted by candradasa on Mon, 8 Oct, 2012 - 18:47
This is – as usual! – a brilliant and entertaining talk from Vaddhaka on the 10 (sometimes 14) unanswered questions I mentioned in passing in my first talk on ‘Religion Without God. I’ll probably refer to these again later in the series so I thought I’d post this talk here as a reference and resource. It also includes the wonderful story of the Buddha’s teaching about removing the poisoned arrow from your eye, as...
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Religion Without God, Part 1 - A Radical Community of Values

Posted by candradasa on Thu, 4 Oct, 2012 - 20:31
The first talk in ‘Religion without God’, a four-part series looking at how you can have a full spiritual life as a 21st Century person without recourse to blind faith or setting yourself against the rational world we find ourselves in. The Buddha faced some of the same dilemmas as us in India in 500 BCE, and we face some new challenges with 2500 years of culture and experience in between his time and our own.

In this...
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Yes, I am grateful to hear the specificity of the Dharma as it is taught in Triratna tradition…attending Sanhga discussions in which folks share their real life experiences in the light of the Dharma is rich beyond words. Imagine! Being engaged with people who may be acquaitances, not yet friends, in a deeper way, at a deeper level, than with long known family members and long known friends!
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In Christian or theistic way of thinking, thinking we are less than, is, in a way, saying hat the “creator’s” or god’s creation is substandard. But, I realize that self-referential thinking is the gist of what we as Buddhists are cautionned about. I need to mull that a bit more to truly undertstand it.
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Hi Capra, yes it is amazing to have a space to work specifically and, in a way, intimately with the mind. A step into a wider universe of connection and possibility… :)
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Viradhamma on the Work of the Nagaloka Institute, India

Posted by candradasa on Fri, 27 Apr, 2012 - 23:38
In case you missed it, here is Viradhamma talking at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center a few weeks ago about his work to support the extraordinary Nagaloka Institute project in India, which provides education and Buddhist training to young people from the some of the poorest communities in India. It was an incredibly inspiring evening and he was overwhelmed at the genrosity of the seacoast Sangha. Together with our friends at Aryaloka we provided enough in donations to...
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