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FBA Podcast: A Field of Kindness

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 12 Jan, 2019 - 11:00

Our FBA Podcast, this week is called A Field of Kindness by Sona.

A talk on kindness, the quality of caring and the Bodhisattva Ideal, given at the Stockholm Buddhist Center, on 5 September 2005.

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Dharmabyte: The Journey of Descent

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 31 Dec, 2018 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called The Journey of Descent. Bhadra introduces the archetypal magician, Padmasambhava. He uses episodes from the magician’s life to illustrate how engaging the imagination through ritual and being willing to make the journey of descent are key elements of a fruitful practice. From the talk: The Art of Ritual and Descent given at a day for men in Bristol.

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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...

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Dharmabyte: Going Deeper into the Heart of How Things Are

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 6 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called Going Deeper into the Heart of How Things Are, from the talk entitled Prajnaparamita, the female Bodhisattva of wisdom, by Vessantara. This excerpt goes into detail of the several mantras associated with this figure.

From the series of talks for Sangha Night on Buddhas and Bodhisattvas given at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre.

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Dharmabyte: Compassionate Action

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 12:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, is called Compassionate Action by Sangharakshita. This excerpt is from Taraloka Retreat Centre, when Sangharakshita inaugurates their new shrine cabin dedicated to Tara - the radiant Bodhisattva of compassion, inspiration to many who lead a Buddhist life aspiring to beauty and a steady openness in the face of the mysteries of existence.

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FBA Podcast: Her Two Hands Are the Two Truths

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 10 Nov, 2018 - 12:00

Our FBA Podcast this week is by Kulaprabha entitled Her Two Hands Are the Two Truths.

This is the second in a four-part series by Kulaprabha on Nagarjuna’s ‘Lines Written to Tara.’

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Dharmabyte: Avalokitesvara's Tears

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 - 12:00

In a series about the final mantras of the sevenfold puja, Kamalashila talks about the birth and significance of the bodhisattva Tara in our FBA Dharmabyte today, entitled From the Tears of Avalokitesvara.

Excerpted from the short talk The Bodhisattva Tara given at the West London Buddhist Centre.
 

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Dharmabyte: Peaceful Vajrapani

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 5 Nov, 2018 - 12:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, introduces to another side of the usual wrathful Vajrapani, entitled Peaceful Vajrapani.

From an imaginative yet practical talk entitled Vajrapani by Sanghanistha. Given during the 2016 ‘Cosmic Going for Refuge Tree’ retreat at Padmaloka.
 

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FBA Podcast: Vajrapani - Energy Unlimited

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 3 Nov, 2018 - 12:00

Our FBA Podcast this week is a cracking and wonderfully detailed talk called Vajrapani - Energy Unlimited by Vessantara, author of ‘Meeting the Buddhas’. He is the ideal person to introduce us to the complex and fascinating Tantric figure of Vajrapani - ‘Lord of Secrets’, embodiment of ”virya’ (Energy in Pursuit of the Good). Vessantara’s style is familiar and well-earthed, and therefore eminently well suited to material that bristles with electricity and is...

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Dharmabyte: Fear and Vajrapani

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 1 Nov, 2018 - 14:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte offers a sensitive and thoughtful exploration of Fear and Vajrapani. This excerpt is from the talk entitled The Blazing Iron Club and the Winged Horse (Winter Retreat Dec 2010) by Vidyadaka.

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