By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 29 Dec, 2020 - 06:00
And today’s talk in our Twelve Days of FBA celebration is selected by Sadhayasihi, who wears many hats in the Dharmachakra team, contributing to both Free Buddhist Audio and The Buddhist Centre Online on social media, podcasts, and our live events and Home Retreats.
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...
‘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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
“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...
“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...