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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…

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FBA Podcast: Kshanti Paramita

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 15 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Using verses from both the Dhammapada and the Bodhicaryavatara, Vairocana  maps out the Buddhist practice of patience, from restraint to positive emotion.

This is the fourth talk in a series on the Six Paramitas at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre in the summer of 2012.

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FBA Podcast: Great Compassion Penetrates Into the Marrow of the Bones

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 14:00

A stirring and penetrating talk by Dhammadinna around the image that a Bodhisattva’s compassion runs as deep as their very bones. Nagarjuna, Milarepa and others add their voices as Dhammadinna makes an emotionally resonant but clear-eyed attempt to lay out the ground of a practice that is moving towards the development of Bodhichitta. Why bother? she asks us, and shows how open-heartedness can respond realistically and well to suffering in our own lives and in the lives of others.

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Dharmabyte: More Mud: Bigger, Beautiful Lotuses

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 7 May, 2020 - 14:00

Here we have Parami introducing the most archetypal of all the archetypal Bodhisattvas, the 1000-armed Avalokitesvara. At his heart he holds the chintamani, the jewel of human potential. All of us have this potential within us, just as the lotuses coming up out of the mud. When you find that which fills your heart, share the love!

From the talk launching the 2015 Triratna International Urban Retreat live in Adelaide, Australia. Her theme - and the theme of...

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FBA Podcast: The Great Love

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 7 Dec, 2019 - 14:00

Ratnaguna shares with us his great love for the Vimalakirti Nirdesa, a Buddhist Mahayana text he’s gone back to again and again and again since 1979. He explores how a Bodhisattva should regard living beings, or how they should develop the Great Love for them, according to the mysterious character Vimalakirti. 

Talk given at Stockholm Buddhist Center, 27 May 2013.

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Dharmabyte: Communicating the Dharma

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 21 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

The Dharma is the greatest gift we can give. Ratnaghosha encourages us to face our fears to develop confidence and courage to communicate the Dharma with clarity and ease.

From the talk Skilful Means of the Bodhisattva exploring another aspect of Skilful Means, the little known teaching of the four Analytical Knowledges or Pratisamvids.

Given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Offering Your Life

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 17 Jun, 2019 - 14:00

Today’s Dharmabyte is ‘Offering your Life’ by Yashobodhi.

In this personal talk Yashobodhi goes into the aspiration to be of benefit to all beings, the pitfalls an aspiring Bodhisattva can come across and about the journey from concept to experienced reality and back again.

From the talk, Who Wants to Become a Bodhisattva? given at Aryaloka Buddhist Center in the USA, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva Vow

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 9 May, 2019 - 14:00

“May I deliver all beings from difficulties; may I eradicate all passions; may I master all dharmas; may I lead all beings to Buddhahood.” This is the Bodhisattva’s resolve upon the awakening of the Bodhi Heart.

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva Vow by Sangharakshita. From the talk The Bodhisattva Vow given in 1969.

This talk is part of the series Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal.

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Dharmabyte: Our Next Teacher

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 May, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called Our Next Teacher by Ratnaprabha.

In the full talk entitled The Great Way, Ratnaprabha tells the Zen story of the maiden in the mud, explains the attitude of the Mahayana, the Bodhisattva, altruism and how Mahayana is not a school of Buddhism. He finishes with the grand vision of Vairocana’s tower from the Gandavyuha Sutra.

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FBA Podcast: 21st Century Bodhisattva

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 4 May, 2019 - 14:00

In the FBA Podcast this week 21st Century Bodhisattva Saravantu explores the role of active engagement in the world’s problems, and the various pitfalls along the way, into which activists can so easily fall.

This talk launches a series of talks entitled “The 21st Century Bodhisattva”, inspired by Akuppa’s module in the Dharma Training Course.

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