Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Bodhicitta - The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation

By Satyakirti on Sat, 4 Apr, 2020 - 12:13

Bodhicitta - The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation

By Satyakirti on Sat, 4 Apr, 2020 - 12:13

“Taking this image of the human form the Bodhicitta transmutes it into the priceless image of the Jewel of the Conqueror. Grasp tightly this highly potent elixir, known as the Bodhicitta, which must be thoroughly worked.”

In his first talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, given on a day retreat to the Padmaloka community, Padmavajra speaks of Sangharakshita’s evocation of the Bodhicitta. He goes on to talk about his discovery of the Bodhicarayavatara and what is known of the life of Shantideva. The main...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – March 2020

By ratnadharini on Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:21

Chairs' Letter – March 2020

By ratnadharini on Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 22:21

These letters will be published here each month, as well as in Shabda, and preceptorscollege.online, as a means to communicate the ongoing work of the College Chair and updates on current discussions and decisions. Responses are welcomed.

Dear Order members,

I have just been part of witnessing the ordination of Varadhi in Melbourne, on Zoom, along with 106 others. Watching the communication between Maitripala, as Public Preceptor, and Itir / Varadhi, with the Buddha, Avalokitesvara, and Bhante...

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FBA Podcast: The Myth of the Bodhicitta

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 26 Oct, 2019 - 14:00

What is the Bodhicitta and how do we become receptive to it? Vajratara talks about the paradox behind the Bodhicitta: how it is an experience beyond any personal attainment, yet it arises in us. How can we hold both perspectives?

Using the framework of the ‘3 myths’ of the Dharma life, Vajratara evokes the qualities and attitudes we develop to prepare ourselves for the Bodhicitta. A journey around the Suttas and Sutras, stories and poetry, evoking the development of the Bodhicitta.

Talk given...

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Dharmabyte: Vasubandhu's Four Factors

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 26 Sep, 2019 - 14:00

Vasubandhu lived in northern India and Nepal in the 4th century CE. He was a renowned teacher in the Sarvastivadin School of Buddhism but later converted to Mahayana Buddhism under the influence of his brother Asanga.

In this talk Kulaprabha introduces us to a work of his dealing with the conditions necessary for the arising of the Bodhicitta - here translated as Bodhi Resolve. In particular, she compares and contrasts Vasubandhu’s Four Factors as they are described in this text with...

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Dharmabyte: A Potent Practice

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 17 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called A Potent Practice. Amrta talks personally about the practice of puja and also asks us what importance do we place on it in our movement. Is it a secondary practice or a means to awakening the Bodhi Heart!?

Given on a men’s regional Order weekend at Padmaloka September 2010, entitled Thoughts on Puja.

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FBA Podcast: Using Ritual to Cultivate Bodhicitta

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 15 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Can ritual help us put the conditions in place through which bodhicitta may arise? In this week’s FBA Podcast Using Ritual to Cultivate Bodhicitta Vijayasri explores our reactions to the idea of ritual and how rituals can become meaningless. We then look at the concept of ritual as “entering into a realm of the imagination where we encounter Buddhas and Bodhisattvas”.

This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in April 2016...

International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning Arrows Into Flowers'
International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning Arrows Into Flowers'

Follow up on the International Practice Week

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 29 Sep, 2018 - 06:00

Follow up on the International Practice Week

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 29 Sep, 2018 - 06:00

The International Practice Week is drawing to a close! 

Don’t forget that you can continue to watch or listen to the talks at a later stage. Yashobodhi has provided this helpful resource with the Seven Point Mind Turning, and the 59 lojong slogans which you can consult again to remind you.  You can also consult our guide for ideas around ritually marking the end of the week.

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International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning Arrows Into Flowers'
International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning Arrows Into Flowers'

Day 7: Guides to What Actually Works (with Concluding Thoughts)

By Centre Team on Fri, 28 Sep, 2018 - 04:00

Day 7: Guides to What Actually Works (with Concluding Thoughts)

By Centre Team on Fri, 28 Sep, 2018 - 04:00

Yashobodhi is our guide for this year’s Dharma immersion online and at Triratna Centres around the world as part of the 2018 International Practice Week. 

We’ve come to the end of our week together looking at training the mind to greater happiness using new ways of engaging with our experience in the world. To gather the threads of the practice together Yashobodhi reflects on some key, pithy lojong reminders that capture the great efficacy and delight of this work - and which we...

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