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FBA Podcast: Lightning Flashes From the Realm of Pure Beauty

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 19 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

In this talk Padmavajra contemplates Beauty in different areas of Dharma life, including the beauty of people, of ethics, of friendship, community and ‘institutions’, and of wisdom. He also looks at the relationship between metta, formless beauty and the yidam, as well as knowing what beauty really is and ‘the pregnant man’.

This talk was given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the Spring Short Order retreat in March 2019.

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Dharmabyte: What is Truly Beautiful

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 17 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

Punyamala describes the path of beauty and how we can move from contemplating mundane beauty to the beauty of the enlightened state and in so doing she leads us into an experience of beauty.

From the talk entitled ‘In Beauty May I Walk’ - Beauty As the Fourth Laksana given during the Women’s Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, December 2019.

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FBA Podcast: Surrendering to a Greater Beauty

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 12 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

Starting with a story from the Rastrapalapariprccha-Sutra, Vajratara draws out the significance of Sangharakshita’s paper on the Fourth Laksana. This is the path of beauty, from contemplation of ugliness to the gateway of liberation called ‘the beautiful’. To be on the path of beauty, we don’t merely enjoy beauty, we have to surrender ourselves to that beauty.

Talk given at Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre, 2019.

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Buddhist Responses to the Pandemic: Subscribe to our Podcasts

By kusaladevi on Fri, 7 Aug, 2020 - 13:23

Buddhist Responses to the Pandemic: Subscribe to our Podcasts

By kusaladevi on Fri, 7 Aug, 2020 - 13:23

A reminder that you can listen again to our Dharma Toolkit podcasts, covering a range of themes around Buddhist responses to the Pandemic, from reflections around personal practice, through current day issues such as Climate change and touching on themes of Beauty and the Arts as a response to times of crisis.

Here’s Episode 25, Ironic Points of light, where Nanadavajra and his friends Satyalila and Subhadassi reflect on W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1st, 1939 and the...

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Nature Reflections from Taraloka

By akasajoti on Mon, 13 Apr, 2020 - 22:11

Nature Reflections from Taraloka

By akasajoti on Mon, 13 Apr, 2020 - 22:11

Steeped in her love of both the natural world and the Dharma, Maitridevi is offering us her ‘nature-thought-for-the-day’ reflections and short meditations every day this week, connecting us with some of the burgeoning spring-time life at Taraloka. She’s calling them ‘a naturalist-Dharma melange’!

You can find them over on Taraloka’s YouTube channel, along with a series of videos of Hridayagita teaching Tai Chi Shibashi, to support you to remain grounded, embodied, and sensitive to the beauty...

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Only Possibilities - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 5

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 12:37

Only Possibilities - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 5

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 12:37

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. 


- Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne

This beautiful poem by Rumi popped into my head when I was reflecting on today’s home retreat material, which is about...

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Guarding the Gates (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 5)

By Centre Team on Fri, 27 Mar, 2020 - 01:18

The Internet doesn’t always make things better! What do you do in the face of 24 hour news media that is just not going to stop? 

Join us for a conversation about how to guard the gates of our senses when it matters in order to stay sane. Inspiring words about the practice of beauty, being rooted in the body and the senses, staying centred in a storm of input and opinion and views. And a practical pathway towards life done differently,...

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New Retreat at Tiratanaloka: The Nature of Existence

By vajratara on Fri, 20 Dec, 2019 - 19:06

New Retreat at Tiratanaloka: The Nature of Existence

By vajratara on Fri, 20 Dec, 2019 - 19:06

Due to popular demand, we have added an extra retreat to our programme in 2020.  Our theme will be ‘The Nature of Existence’: the marks of conditioned existence, the doors of liberation and the topsy turvy views.  We will explore beauty, change, emptiness and ultimate happiness.  The material is taken from Chapter 11 of Sangharakshita’s book ‘The Three Jewels’, which we will study in groups as well as having significant portions of the retreat laid aside for meditation and reflection...

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Dharmabyte: A Dharma That Includes Passion and Beauty

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 21 Oct, 2019 - 14:00

How can we have a whole life of value and of meaning?

Subhadramati explores the essential integration of arts and asceticism that Sangharakshita struggled to find in his early years as a monk.

From the talk Beauty and Discipline, part of a series for Dharma Night focusing on Urgyen Sangharakshita’s unique contribution to Buddhism. London Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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An Offering From the Goddess Of The Spring

By dh sthanashraddha on Sat, 2 Jun, 2018 - 08:16

An Offering From the Goddess Of The Spring

By dh sthanashraddha on Sat, 2 Jun, 2018 - 08:16

2.30am alarm is ringing! Why is my alarm going off at this time of the night!! Ah yes I remember. So I crawl out of bed stagger around and remember to pack matches and jam jar candles. Along with jars of popping corn, oats and soya milk. Some white flowers from the garden and a swan feather and a white peacock feather. I remember to pack the incense but later recall I didn’t pack any charcoal discs…

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