Tag: Bodhisattva Ideal

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The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

“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...

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A Bodhisattva's Mindfulness - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5

By Satyakirti on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 15:11

A Bodhisattva's Mindfulness - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5

By Satyakirti on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 15:11

‘One should speak confident, measured words, clear in meaning, delighting the mind, pleasing to the ear, soft and slow, and stemming from love’

In his fifth talk devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter five ‘The Guarding of Total Awareness’. In this chapter Shantideva makes vividly clear the importance of mindfulness and awareness of purpose in the Bodhisattvas life. Shantideva tells us about the centrality and power of the mind and the need for scrupulous attention to every detail of our lives.

His discussion...

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Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 2: Giving Ourselves Completely to the Buddhas

By Satyakirti on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 14:57

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 2: Giving Ourselves Completely to the Buddhas

By Satyakirti on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 14:57

“And I give myself to the Conquerors completely, and to their sons. Take possession of me Sublime Beings. In devotion I become your servant”.

In his second talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra tells us how Shantideva takes to heart, ever more firmly, the Bodhicitta, through his lavish performance of puja and a searing confession of faults. The talk was given in the shrine room on the weekly Padmaloka day retreat. It was given in honour of the anniversary of Sangharakshita’s founding of...

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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...

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Transformation through Sangha

By Sanghamani on Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 - 15:50

Here is the talk I gave from last years International Gathering.

On the theme of The Alchemy of the Dharma, I was asked to talk about the practice of Sangha and how we can transform ourselves in order to transform our communities. I talk about my work on Karuna appeals.

“As a fundraiser at the cutting edge of the practice of connection – trying to forge a sense of mutually vital relationship with strangers (who are not necessarily pleased to find you at their door!)...

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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: Put Down the Burden

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 29 Apr, 2019 - 10:41

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is by Vajrapriya called Put Down the Burden. From the talk entitled Liberty Equality Fraternity from the series called The 21st Century Bodhisattva given at Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Group. Vajrapriya explores Dr Ambedkar’s slogan “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”, looking at topics like the New Society, and Subhuti’s exhortation to start the Dharma Revolution in the West.

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Bodhisattva Ideal Mitratas

By Vajrashura on Thu, 28 Feb, 2019 - 19:29

Hi all.

A few years ago Ksantivadin and I digitalised all of Bhante’s old Mitrata booklets on The Bodhisattva Ideal lecture series.

There are eight lectures in the original series, and eight pairs of Mitratas in the series. The first of each pair contains a lightly edited version of the talk and often some seminar extracts, and then the second of each pair is just seminar extracts.

(By seminars extracts, I mean extracts taken from study seminars lead by Bhante on those particular Bodhisattva Ideal lectures.)

All the...

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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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You Can Help To Make Padmaloka Dharma Talks Even Better

By Sanghanistha on Fri, 10 Aug, 2018 - 12:57

You Can Help To Make Padmaloka Dharma Talks Even Better

By Sanghanistha on Fri, 10 Aug, 2018 - 12:57

So far, 2018 has been another year of excellent Dharma talks given at here Padmaloka. Some of the highlights have included Subhuti’s talks on our Bodhisattva Ideal retreatPadmavajra’s talks on our five-day Milarepa retreat, as well as Ratnaguna’s and Sraddhapa’s talks on our open retreat. The only thing that lets these talks down is the sound quality of their recordings, which could be much much better. Candradasa has very kindly put together a proposal about how we might...

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