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Dharmabyte: Be Here Now, Is It Enough?

By Rijupatha on Mon, 18 Aug, 2014 - 14:05
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Be Here Now, Is It Enough?” Ratnaprabha reminds us that discomfort is caused by avoiding discomfort. Relief from suffering is found when we drop our concerns and are present in this moment. But is mindfulness alone enough structure for complete transformation? A systematic approach to changing ones habits and engaging with sangha are both important in our approach to practice. An excerpt from the talk titled ...
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Dharmabyte: Breath is Essential to Life

By Rijupatha on Fri, 15 Aug, 2014 - 20:35
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Breath is Essential to Life” is an excerpt from the talk titled “Anatomy of the Breath”. This talk provides a really good working context to help your meditation practice. Best to lie down comfortably as you listen to Padmadharshini’s description of the anatomical and physiological processes involved in breathing. She’s a yoga teacher as well as a meditation teacher and she draws on both those sets of...
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Dharmabyte: Living in an Unfair World

By Rijupatha on Tue, 12 Aug, 2014 - 20:34
Life’s unfair, what can we do about it? We can practice the Dharma and follow the Buddha’s teachings. Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “It’s Not Fair!” is an excerpt from the talk “What to Do In An Unfair World” by Kalyanaprabha. A sober yet uplifting talk encourages us to practice the Dharma in the face of unfairness.

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Dharmabyte: Simplicity of Lifestyle

By Rijupatha on Tue, 12 Aug, 2014 - 20:13
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Simplicity of Lifestyle,” Amritamati talks about how we can practice simplicity in our lives: whatever our lifestyle is or whatever we want our lifestyle to be, from parenting to becoming a celibate ‘Anagarika’. This Dharmabyte is excerpted from the full talk of the same name, and was given on a weekend retreat at Tiratanaloka for women who are training for Ordination.

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Dharmabyte: The First Sight (Old Age)

By Rijupatha on Tue, 5 Aug, 2014 - 21:28
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is by the delightful Ratnasuri titled “The First Sight (Old Age).” When Siddhartha Gautama was a young man, it’s said that he was so struck by three particular observations that he felt he had no choice but to make a radical change in his life. These were the traditional ‘three sights’: old age, sickness and death in his fellow human beings. This is the first of those three talks, available in the series:...
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Dharmabyte: Meeting Another’s ‘Environment’

By Rijupatha on Thu, 31 Jul, 2014 - 16:52
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a curious exploration entitled “Meeting Another’s ‘Environment’.” Sharing the teaching of Lin Chi on ‘environment’ and how we meet a whole container of history, memories, emotions when we meet another. With stories about Hakuin, the Samurai and the Order Member Saghasen in India, this little excerpt packs a punch!

From the talk “The Bliss Bestowing Hands of the True Individual” of the ...
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Dharmabyte: Seeing the Mind By Not Seeing It

By Rijupatha on Mon, 28 Jul, 2014 - 16:32
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Seeing the Mind by Not Seeing It,” is an excerpt from the 1965 talk, “Seeing Into One’s Own Nature and Realising Buddhahood” by Sangharakshita. We are instructed by the Buddha that ‘Mind cannot be seen,’ and yet the Zen Master directs us to ‘See the Mind’. How is the contradiction to be solved?

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Dharmabyte: The World Is Unknown

By Rijupatha on Mon, 28 Jul, 2014 - 16:06
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is titled: “The World Is Unknown,” by Vajragupta. The world is unknown, we cannot possibly know what the world is in itself.

What we call the world is much more a relationship, and it’s all rather mysterious. Exploring Buddhist practices of non-separateness, the elements, change and transformation, Vajragupta beautifully unveils our connection with nature.

From the talk “We Live In a Beautiful World: Buddhism and...
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Dharmabyte: What is Life?

By Rijupatha on Mon, 28 Jul, 2014 - 15:59
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “What is Life?,” is an excerpt from the talk “Awareness of Nature” by Dharmasakhya. Quoting the poem, Leisure, by WH Davies, Dharmasakhya makes a beautiful case for more simplicity in one’s life.

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Dharmabyte: Building Sangha

By Rijupatha on Mon, 28 Jul, 2014 - 15:21
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “Building Sangha,” is by Vajrasara who explores the value of spiritual community, ways to encourage fuller harmony, and the many opportunities in friendship for waking up. From the talk: “Building Sangha, Creating Harmony”.

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