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Dharmabyte: Our Shared Predicament

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 19 Dec, 2019 - 14:00

Dassini takes us into the Parable of the Burning House from the White Lotus Sutra. Through readings from the sutra and retelling of the parable the main themes of the story are brought out, and the problem at the heart of the parable is revealed, that of unawareness or heedlessness.

From the talk Housebuilder, Now You Are Seen given at Glasgow Buddhist Centre, 2009. The talk concludes with some suggested practices for how to address this problem.

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Dharmabyte: Catching the Arising of Vedana

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

Vidyamala explores the crucial place of awareness of vedana if we are to move from reactive states to more creative ones.

From the talk Vedana and Growth given on ‘Gravity and Grace’ Retreat, 2018, at Rivendell Retreat Centre. This talk is part of the series An Exploration of the Satipatthana Sutta.

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Dharmabyte: Mindfulness is Transformative

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 4 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

Here Vidyamala gives a rich and personal talk on the Citta section of the Satipatthana Sutta. She introduces the key aspects of this part of the Sutta and then speaks of the importance of allowing for growth and integration in our practice. She speaks of the twin pillars of awareness and love and how mindfulness can lead to a deeper and deeper sense of connection with all of life and how kindness is a natural expression of that....

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Dharmabyte: Awareness of Self

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 16:03

This Dharmabyte podcast is entitled “Awareness of Self” by Sangharakshita.

Forgetfulness and distraction are the rule in ordinary life, but awareness and a ‘fullness of mind’ is at the heart of human growth and development.

Sangharakshita distinguishes four dimensions of awareness, each with its own qualities: awareness of things, self, others, and reality. From the talk Levels of Awareness: Right Mindfulness given in 1968 as part of the series The...

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Dharmabyte: Breaking Through with Awareness

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 11 Apr, 2018 - 16:56

In this Dharmabyte podcast entitled, “Breaking Through with Awareness”, we are reminded that awareness is the great dissolver of negative emotions. At times in the spiritual life we may need considerable energy to overcome obstacles, such as negative emotions, psychological conditionings, rational thinking, and even the sense of ‘time’ itself. How, when, and where can we break through?

From the talk Breaking Through into Buddhahood by Sangharakshita given in 1969.

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Deeper Into Mindfulness Country - Tuesday Meditations

By Candradasa on Mon, 22 Feb, 2016 - 19:56

Deeper Into Mindfulness Country - Tuesday Meditations

By Candradasa on Mon, 22 Feb, 2016 - 19:56

*UPDATED 14th March 2016. The clocks in the U.S. have already gone forward for spring so the meditation time in the UK & Europe is 1 hour earlier until clocks also go forward there. ie. 2.30pm EST/6.30pm UK/7.30pm Europe.

Starting a new series of Tuesday meditations, we’ll be spending time exploring the various terrains of mindfulness practice - looking at different approaches to paying attention to the ground of our being…

Tuesdays, 2.30pm EST/7.30pm...

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Maitreyabandhu - Poetry and Receptivity

By Candradasa on Tue, 24 Nov, 2015 - 18:47

Maitreyabandhu - Poetry and Receptivity

By Candradasa on Tue, 24 Nov, 2015 - 18:47

It’s not too late to join the Urban Retreat! 

A lovely short talk by Maitreyabandhu, illuminating why poetry is itself an act of receptivity and requires that of us as readers and, in the context of an Urban Retreat, Buddhist practitioners. Taking as his source Kay Ryan’s poem ‘The Niagara River’ we get a simple but encouraging close reading of how poetry can help us slow down, take things in, and really...

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Meditation Workshop - Five Breaths

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 1 Oct, 2015 - 23:28

Meditation Workshop - Five Breaths

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 1 Oct, 2015 - 23:28

As a companion to her talk, The Possibility of Practice and her guided Meditation on the Three Bodies (physical, emotional, and mental) this workshop is indispensable. Amaragita explodes and expands notions around the practice of paying attention via awareness of the breath, using the deceptively simple exercise of taking just five breaths through the day. 

We hear how the practice relates to the theory of Buddhist meditation and are encouraged to choose and learn from our direct experience...

Norwich Buddhist Centre
Norwich Buddhist Centre

"Touching the Body, Touching Enlightenment" - a talk by Shraddhadhi

By Maitrisingha on Fri, 15 May, 2015 - 14:35

"Touching the Body, Touching Enlightenment" - a talk by Shraddhadhi

By Maitrisingha on Fri, 15 May, 2015 - 14:35

In this inspiring talk, Shraddhadhi, a Rosen-therapist and physio, shares her own journey of re-embodiment. Weaving in stories of Mara’s attack on the Buddha, she explains why a deepening awareness of the body is essential to Dharma practice, and how wisdom is found by dropping our habitual negative storylines and letting go into the deeper energies of the body.

A talk given at the Norwich Sangha’s Buddha Weekend camping retreat, May 2015.

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FBA Podcast: The Diamond Throne

By Rijupatha on Mon, 9 Mar, 2015 - 14:47

FBA Podcast: The Diamond Throne

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Does Buddhism have anything to say about the recent attacks in Paris? What about liberal democracy; does Buddhism agree? Our FBA Podcast this week, “The Diamond Throne” explores these very questions. With characteristic intelligence and sensitivity, Chairman of the Centre Jnanavaca launches 2015 by exploring such issues via the vision of the Vajrasana – the diamond throne...

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