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Dharmabyte: Reality Shines Through Us

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 16 Sep, 2021 - 06:00

Sangharakshita explores the ways in which we are all connected with Reality, directly and indirectly, in particular through our friendships with those just a little further along the path.

From the talk entitled The Bodhisattva Hierarchy as part of the series Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal, 1969.

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Dharmabyte: The Altruistic Aspect of the Bodhisattva

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

What’s in it for me? Our natural human tendency is to take, to grasp, to cling. If you can give though, there is hope, spiritually speaking. Generosity is an attitude of heart and of mind, an attitude of one’s whole being.

Sangharakshita describes the altruistic aspect of the Bodhisattva and the reconciliation of the apparent antithesis between the interests of others and of self by practising the first two of the six Perfections: dana (giving) and shila (ethics or ‘uprightness’).

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FBA Podcast: Open Handed Generosity

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 10 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Buddhist generosity is ideally ongoing all the time, a simple application of our ethical principles - a flow of time, energy, money, and so on, in the direction of your heart-felt values. Giving is one of the key practices of a Buddhist, and one of the delights of the Spiritual Community. Ratnaghosha evokes how this is an area of activity that is crucial to an effective practice of the Dharma and the living of the Bodhisattva life.

This talk...

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Dharmabyte: Awakening Through Collective Practices

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 28 Jun, 2021 - 06:58

Siladevi reflects on an aspect of Buddhism that is often played down, but is nonetheless an organic part of Buddhism - that of working together with others to effect change in the world.

Excerpted from the talk The Ideal Society and the Ideal Individual entitled given at Manchester Buddhist Centre during a day in commemoration of the death of Bhante Sangharakshita, 30 October 2019.

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FBA Podcast: Fearless Creativity

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 19 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Bodhisattvas work tirelessly and heroically to create a Buddhafield for the benefit of all beings. Padmavajra explores the opening verses of the Dhammapada and their far reaching implications including how we create not only our own happiness or suffering through our actions, but also how we create worlds, worlds of suffering or worlds conducive to human growth and even freedom.

Talk given during the February Great Gathering weekend at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2020.

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FBA Podcast: The Bodhisattva Ideal In India

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 8 May, 2021 - 06:00

In this moving and rousing talk, Dhammachari Amoghasiddhi illustrates how the Dhamma can radically transform people’s lives, liberating them from a hellish existence, particularly in India.

Using the examples of his own life, as well as the lives of Bhante Sangharakshita, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and others, he explains that if we want to live a meaningful life, we must open up to the suffering of others and do everything we can to help alleviate their suffering.
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FBA Podcast: Sharpening the Image

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 2 Jan, 2021 - 06:27

Here, Ratnaprabha discusses the value of using images and the imagination to become more emotionally involved in practice. Is an image of a Buddha or Bodhisattva used in meditation real or not?

Talk given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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The Bodhisattva Response. Online Weekend Retreat with Visuddhimati & Lalitaraja -

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 20 Oct, 2020 - 11:52

The Bodhisattva Response. Online Weekend Retreat with Visuddhimati & Lalitaraja -

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 20 Oct, 2020 - 11:52

On this online retreat we’ll explore how to foster the Bodhisattva spirit within our own hearts as we respond to life’s ups and downs, inspired by the Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha. Seeking to keep the heart open to both joy and sorrow, we’ll be marking the anniversary of Sangharakshita’s death and celebrating Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival which marks the beginning of winter.

Suitable for regulars and people who have some experience of meditation and Buddhism. Not recommended for newcomers. See below to book.

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We're offering another free eBook

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 12 Oct, 2020 - 16:15

We're offering another free eBook

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 12 Oct, 2020 - 16:15

Those of you who’ve been enjoying the free eBooks we’ve been giving away since March will be pleased to learn that we’re giving away another one. This time it’s the turn of one of Sangharakshita’s classics, The Bodhisattva Ideal.

How can we be happy and at the same time responsive to the suffering of others? It can be done: this is the message of the bodhisattva ideal. The image of the bodhisattva, one who wishes to gain Enlightenment for the sake...

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Dharmabyte: The Ultimate Treasure

By Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 28 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

A Bodhisattva is the ultimate treasure-seeker, searching for the Chintamani, the wish-fulfilling jewel, which gives all beings that which they truly desire.

But how does a Bodhisattva find this gem and what do they do once they have found it?  Sadayasihi explores the nature of compassion and how generosity can be both a means of expressing, as well as cultivating, compassion.

After all, a Bodhisattva would never keep the Chintamani for themselves…

From the talk entitled ...

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