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Another free eBook and three more news bites

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 16 Nov, 2020 - 17:30

Another free eBook and three more news bites

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 16 Nov, 2020 - 17:30

This week we have four news bites to share.

Our latest free eBook: Female Deities in Buddhism

This week we’re offering another free eBook: Female Deities in Buddhism by Vessantara. Female deities in Buddhism take many forms: queens and old crones, Buddhas and goddesses, mothers and wild women. Enter the magical realm of gently compassionate Kuan Yin from China, meet the elusive golden goddess from India representing Perfect Wisdom, and tangle with the energetic embodiments of freedom, the fearless sky-dancing dakinis of Tibet. Vessantara invites us to...

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FBA Podcast: The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 7 Nov, 2020 - 05:15

‘Serenity, freedom from disease, joy and long life, the happiness of an emperor, prosperity; these the patient person receives while continuing in cyclic existence.

Padmavajra’s sixth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara explores Shantideva’s thorough exploration of the perfection of patience. In this chapter, Shantideva brings our attention to the seriousness of the faults of hatred and anger.

He shows how such states of mind arise and gives a number of ways in which...

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Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Stirring the Depths

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 19 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

Maitrivasin talks about awakening deep powerful energies that move us along the path to freedom. By engaging warrior energy to tackle the doubt or distractions of habitual ways we bring all of our volition on the side of positive growth and progress towards Enlightenment.

This talk is part of the series The Path of Awakening based on the Bodhicaryavatara given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre June, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Expressing Gratitude

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 17 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

The Bodhicaryavatara culminates with verses of sublime beauty expressing a deep and profound desire for the alleviation of suffering. Maitrisara evokes these verses with tenderness and delight, whilst also turning back to that tricky topic of hell.

From the talk entitled Dedication In the Bodhicaryavatara (6 of 6), part of the series The Bodhicaryavatara given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Undermining Certainty

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 14 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

The whole of the Bodhicaryavatara builds to Shantideva’s exposition on Wisdom. Yet often the commentaries skip it, with humbleness and strong sense of biting off more than he can chew Dharmashalin tries to explore how we can engage with this material.

From the talk Wisdom In the Bodhicaryavatara (5 of 6), part of the series The Bodhicaryavatara given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Hatred: A Dangerous Mental Poison

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 31 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Khemasuri explores the theme of Anger and Patience in Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara at Sangha Night, Sheffield Buddhist Centre. From the talk entitled Gratitude to Everyone given April, 2008 as part of a series on Great Buddhist Texts.

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Dharmabyte: Effort Characterized by Joy

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 27 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Dhammadinna shares her thoughts on viriya/vigour as derived from Chapter 7 of the Bodhicaryavatara.

The Bodhicaryavatara is an 8th century text written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk from the monastic ‘university’ at Nalanda, India, and Dhammadinna presented this material over three sessions on an Order retreat called “Teaching the Bodhicaryavatara.” She says at the beginning that she isn’t giving a formal talk and, indeed, the title is her description of what she was doing…. sharing some thoughts...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

By Satyakirti on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51

The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

By Satyakirti on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51


“What is so special about me?” - Shantideva’s Perfection of Meditation

In the penultimate talk in his series devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter eight, the Perfection of Meditation (dhyana paramita). In this chapter, Shantideva tells us that in order to go deeply into meditation, we need to go into the solitude of body and mind, renouncing all worldly attachments and the usual way in which we relate to others. Having doing that, he shows how to develop an...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

“Like someone hankering for the pleasure and fruit of love-play”

Padmavajra’s seventh talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicarayvatara is an exploration of chapter seven, the Perfection of Vigour (virya paramita). In this chapter Shantideva, makes it very clear that without virya there is no Enlightenment. He tells us what virya is, as well as what opposes virya, which include, sloth, laziness and self-contempt. He explains that virya is developed through the application of six powers: desire; pride; delight; letting go; dedication; and self-mastery. “Having...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

"The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

By Satyakirti on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 15:55

"The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

By Satyakirti on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 15:55

‘Serenity, freedom from disease, joy and long life, the happiness of an emperor, prosperity; these the patient person receives while continuing in cyclic existence.’

Padmavajra’s sixth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara explores Shantideva’s thorough exploration of the perfection of patience. In this chapter, Shantideva brings our attention to the seriousness of the faults of hatred and anger.

He shows how such states of mind arise and gives a number of ways in which patience can be cultivated in relation to the various sufferings inherent in...

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