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Dharmabyte: The Beauty of the Moment

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 10 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

The Buddha was a human being who by his own efforts discovered the path towards Enlightenment and was able to communicate this path for others to follow. His life is full of stories that that are of relevance for those of us today who wish to follow the path towards Enlightenment.

From a talk by Manjurava entitled Stories of Awakening: Parinirvana given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2019, as part of Sub35s.

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FBA Podcast: The Tiny Splash of a Raindrop

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 8 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

The Buddha’s Parinirvana marks the final passing of the Buddha two and a half millennia ago. It is an opportunity not just to contemplate on impermanence, but also to rejoice in the example of the Buddha’s life and in the precious opportunity our own lives present us with.

Dhammadinna gave this talk at Parinirvana Festival at London Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Death is Uncharted Territory

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 3 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

There is something profoundly natural and ordinary about death, and yet something quite mysterious. Where do we go? What actually happens? Who or what are we when alive? Nothing changed, from the Buddha’s point of view. Vimalavajri offers reflections on the ultimate unknown, the ultimate mystery, death, inspired by the glimpses of awakening depicted in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Way to the Beyond given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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FBA Podcast: Shakyamuni

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 16 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

Saddhanandi is the Chair of Adhisthana and a preceptor. She was for many years the Chair of Taraloka retreat centre. She was a close friend of Bhante Sangharakshita and is noted for her warmth, friendliness and skills as a Dharma teacher. Here she shares her thoughts on the Buddha Shakyamuni.

This talk is part of the series Buddhas and Bodhisattvas given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Way To The Beyond

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 17 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

Sanghadevi offers this substantial and inspiring talk on the praises of Pingiya, from the chapter entitled The Way to the Beyond from the Sutta Nipata. This is the final talk in a series entitled The Buddha in the Pali Canon given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre (UK) 2015.

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FBA Podcast: The Buddha Was a Friend As We Can Be a Friend

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 2 Mar, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Podcast is by Padmasuri entitled The Buddha Was a Friend As We Can Be a Friend. The fourth and final in our series of talks to mark the Year of Kalyana Mitrata at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre.

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Dharmabyte: The Buddha and Trees

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 7 Feb, 2019 - 14:00

In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, ‘The Buddha and Trees’, Sinhadakini explores the significance of the Roseapple Tree in the story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. She discusses trees in general in Buddhism and goes on to talk about the type of effort needed for Enlightenment.

From the talk The Buddha and the Roseapple Tree given on Buddha Day at Norwich Buddhist Centre.

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Dharmabyte: The Buddha's Decision to Teach

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 3 Jan, 2019 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called The Buddha’s Decision to Teach by Parami excerpted from the talk Out of Compassion for the World given at our International Retreat at Taraloka, May 2008.

The Buddha realised full well how hard it was going to be to communicate what he had discovered to other people - to us. He knew that the grip of greed, hatred and delusion is very strong. He could imagine how vexatious it might...

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Dharmabyte: An Encounter With Padmasambhava in Darjeeling

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 29 Nov, 2018 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a recollection from Sangharakshita called An Encounter with Padmasambhava in Darjeeling. Padmasambhava, often known as the ‘Second Buddha’, is famous for converting the demons of Tibet. In this lecture we are given a brief biography of Padmasambhava and an outline of the progressive Nyingmapa practices attributed to him.

N.B. Poor original recording. From the talk Padmasambhava: Tantric Guru of Tibet, given in 1972.

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