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A Natural Unfoldment (Dharmabytes Podcast)

By Centre Team on Mon, 20 May, 2024 - 11:00

Nagesvara draws out the significance of the episode from the life of the Buddha where he recollects a memory from childhood of natural, spontaneous samadhi. From the talk entitled The Rose Apple Tree, given as part of the retreat series Body of Bliss: ways into Samādhi, Buddhafield, 2021.

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Giving Up Asceticism and the Rose Apple Tree

By Centre Team on Sat, 18 May, 2024 - 11:00

Nagasiddhi traces the period after the Buddha’s going forth: as he masters meditation then turns towards extreme asceticism in his quest to overcome dukkha. Having taken himself to the brink of death, the Buddha-to-be finally realises that he must find his own ‘middle way’ to liberation. This talk is part of the series In the Footsteps of the Buddha given during a Buddhist Centre Online home retreat, 2021. This magical week-long...

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Dharmabytes: A Courageous Undertaking

By Centre Team on Mon, 5 Feb, 2024 - 11:00

Vajradevi explores the poisons of craving and aversion which fuel emotions. She shares the story of David Attenborough meeting the gorillas in Africa as an example of how to meet potentially scary, overwhelming mind states with a simple awareness, in touch with whatever feelings there are and a willingness to meet and connect with that. Excerpted from the talk entitled Working Mindfully with Craving and Aversion, part of the series Pathways...

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Dharmabytes: Seeing the Beauty in Each Other

By Centre Team on Thu, 30 Nov, 2023 - 11:00

Kulanandi reflects on different qualities of beauty in the spiritual life, here exploring the wisdom of seeing the beauty in each other through spiritual friendship. 

Excerpted from the talk Beauty and the Dharma Life given at the Stockholm Buddhist Centre,  2014.

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FBA Podcast: Shraddha

By Centre Team on Sat, 26 Aug, 2023 - 11:00

Kamalashila describes the types of Shraddha (confidence, faith or esteem), and their place in Buddhist practice. Talk for Sangha Night at the West London Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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FBA Podcast: Becoming Real - Meditation as a Gateway to Wisdom

By Zac on Sat, 18 Mar, 2023 - 06:00

This is a fine talk by Dayanandi on the essential relationship between meditation and the proper seeing of Reality, here described as an opening into the beauty and truth and reality of life itself.

Given at the Taraloka/Tiratanaloka Great Gathering, 2000.

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Dharmabyte: Contemplating Nature

By Zac on Mon, 18 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Appreciating Natural Beauty We seek happiness, but often we find that our desires and aspirations are in conflict. Sangharakshita implores us to appreciate nature for her own sake.

From the talk Nature, Man, and Enlightenment, part of the series Transformation of Life and World in the Sutra of Golden Light, 1976.

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FBA Podcast: In Beauty May I Walk

By Zac on Sat, 9 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Beauty As the Fourth Laksana

In this talk, Punyamala takes us through the rich mandala of practice we can follow by reflecting on the laksanas. She then describes the path of beauty and how we can move from contemplating mundane beauty to the beauty of the enlightened state.

This talk was given during the Women’s Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, December 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Gestures of Metta

By Zac on Wed, 6 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Being Open to the Beautiful

Saddhanandi shares observations on retreat of expressions of metta, kindness, and celebrates the simple beauty of such gestures. From the introduction to meditation entitled Metta and Beauty, the ninth in a series from a 12 day meditation retreat on Metta as a Path to Insight, 2015.

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Dharmabyte: Reimagining the Significance of Breaking

By Zac on Mon, 4 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Allowing Sensitivity + Poignancy 

Maitridevi explores how things that are broken can be given a fresh perspective through their repair and how, through this process, a greater beauty can be revealed. Excerpted from the talk entitled Love and the Beauty of Broken Things given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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