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Dharmabyte: More Mud: Bigger, Beautiful Lotuses

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 7 May, 2020 - 14:00

Here we have Parami introducing the most archetypal of all the archetypal Bodhisattvas, the 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. At his heart he holds the chintamani, the jewel of human potential. All of us have this potential within us, just as the lotuses coming up out of the mud. When you find that which fills your heart, share the love!

From the talk launching the 2015 Triratna International Urban Retreat live in Adelaide, Australia. Her theme - and the theme of...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabytes Podcast: Live Like a River Flows

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 2 Apr, 2020 - 14:00

Ratnavandana offers a personal sharing of her reflections on a six month solitary retreat where she was focussing on the Heart Sutra. 

With Avalokitesvara as her guide, she was hoping to deepen her understanding of the emptiness of the five skandhas as well as exploring how to bring all the ordinary everyday activities of life into the realm of the sacred.

This excerpt includes a reading evocation on the Five Buddha Mandala.

From the talk Glimpses of Emptiness...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Prasadacarin

By Candradasa on Wed, 24 Oct, 2018 - 19:52

It was quite mindblowing that people were actually trying to practice…


Prasadacarin

Prasadacarin’s Annals

In 1968 my Serbian grandparents had been in Sweden a year and my mother was born. My father was two years old and was still living in Denmark. 

In 1978 my mother was ten and my father twelve, and they were now living in the same suburb north of Stockholm.

In 1988 my parents were in a relationship and living together. They got married and were waiting for me...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Vajratara

By Satyalila on Thu, 4 Oct, 2018 - 14:46

I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha… communication with others and their help, and the inspiration of Sangha.

Vajaratra

This interview was recorded in 2012. 

Vajratara Annals

In 1968 I was not born. My parents were working in London on Vogue magazine where my father was feature’s editor and my mother worked in fashion. Apparently my father was so shy to ask my mother out that he went into her office, an office of only...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Triratna International Council - Day 5: Conversations Around Gender Diversity

By Centre Team on Sat, 23 Jun, 2018 - 16:21

Triratna International Council - Day 5: Conversations Around Gender Diversity

By Centre Team on Sat, 23 Jun, 2018 - 16:21

Day 5 saw us exploring the topic of gender diversity - who walks past our doors and how can we open up our Buddhist Centres to everyone? Dassini from Scotland is joined by Prajnasahaya from Germany and Prajnaketu from England to recap the day for us.

It’s worth noting up front that the Indian and Spanish Order members scheduled to appear in this video were unexpectedly unable to take part, so the very small panel isn’t itself diverse in terms of inclusion...

Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Giving Avalokitesvara a Hand by Dhammaloka

By mokshini on Mon, 21 Nov, 2016 - 17:33

“Giving Avalokitesvara a Hand”  by Dhammaloka 

An exploration in imagination and Sangha-building. Taking images of the 42 ‘major’ hands or emblems of Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin participants explore both the great variety of Bodhisattva activity and how they might themselves contribute to it.

Possible objectives:

  • Exploring the variety of enlightened activities
  • Introducing GuanYin / Avalokitesvara
  • Sangha-building, getting to know each others’ personal interests and strengths
  • Playful exploration and gaining of commitment to contribute to the mandala
  • Contextualize Avalokitesvara / GuanYin in the White Lotus Sutra
  • Introduce Avalokitesvara as a symbol of the WBO

The material :

  • Images of the 42 emblems/hands.
  • Instruction and explanation
  • ...