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Dharmabyte: A Society Inspired by Bodhicitta

By Rijupatha on Thu, 10 Jul, 2014 - 17:56
Our FBA Dharmabyte today is titled “A Society Inspired by Bodhicitta” by Sangharakshita. We hear of Queen Vaydevi and the series of sixteen meditations as illustration to create a spiritual community without the use of the ‘power mode’ in interacting with each other. This contrasts strongly with ordinary ‘groups’, where relationships are often based on authority, sometimes the authority of a personal God.

From the talk “Authority and the...
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Dharmabyte: The First of the Four Gifts

By Rijupatha on Mon, 7 Jul, 2014 - 18:02
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “The First of the Four Gifts,” is an excerpt from “The Four Gifts”, in which Padmavajra unfolds Bhante’s poem in the light of his experience in helping to build the ‘new society’.

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Dharmabyte: Healing by Forgiveness

By Rijupatha on Thu, 3 Jul, 2014 - 15:21
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “Healing by Forgiveness,” is an excerpt from “Love Your Enemy”, the fourth in a five part series by Padmavajra on all aspects of the Metta Bhavana practice and ‘The Great Love’ in Buddhist discourse and practice – from metta (loving kindness) itself to Bodhichitta. Here, Padmavajra reminds us that we cannot control events, citing the poem Life is King by Sangharakshita. With readings from King Lear, John Middleton Murray...
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Dharmabyte: How does Buddhism speak to us?

By Rijupatha on Mon, 16 Jun, 2014 - 20:00
Our FBA Dharmabyte today is an extract from the talk “Buddhism and the Language of Myth” where Sangharakshita explores the question: “How Does Buddhism Speak to us?”. Buddhism is the most rational of religions. But it appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so.

This talk is part of the series Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism.

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Dharmabyte: Dogen on practice as Enlightenment

By Rijupatha on Thu, 12 Jun, 2014 - 20:33
Are you looking at the wall? Or is the wall gazing at you? Another cracking take on Zen – the sutras, the experience, the dangers and the fruits… Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called: “Dogen on Practice as Enlightenment” by Padmavajra. This is from the third in an excellent 8-talk sequence by Padmavajra on Zen Buddhism titled: “Wall Gazing“. The series is full of colourful stories and challenging insights from the...
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Dharmabyte: Direct Pointing

By Rijupatha on Tue, 10 Jun, 2014 - 14:48
Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called: “Direct Pointing” by Sangharakshita. What is the mind? What is projection? What higher states of mind are accessible? Zen challenges us to look directly within our own minds to find out. From the talk, “A Direct Pointing to the Mind of Man” given in 1965 as part of the series The Essence of Zen.

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Dharmabyte: The Mind is Everywhere

By Rijupatha on Fri, 6 Jun, 2014 - 20:13
From the fabulous talk, “What is Mind?” we bring you a sparkling Dharmabyte entitled: “The Mind Is Everywhere”. Using Milarepa’s song, the Shepherd’s Search for Mind, Dhammadinna takes us on a wild, and very specific ride, in defining subjective versus objective mind. You cannot understand the mind, because that would be the mind knowing itself!

This is the first talk in a series of talks from the Order Convention in...
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Dharmabytes: Everyone Needs the Dharma - Milarepa's Song

By Rijupatha on Mon, 2 Jun, 2014 - 14:48
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Everyone Needs the Dharma”, is a lovely reading of one of Milarepa’s Songs by Sangharakshita. Talk given in 1979.

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Dharmabyte: The Wisdom Hearer

By Rijupatha on Thu, 29 May, 2014 - 15:34
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “The Wisdom Hearer”, is an excerpt from the fabulous talk “The Sound of Reality” by Padmavajra. In this section we hear Hakuin’s poem of Awakening along with Padmavajra’s reflections on the nature of sound, impermanence and insubstantiality. Vanish into emptiness and silence!

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Dharmabyte: Solitude and Meditation

By Rijupatha on Mon, 26 May, 2014 - 15:42
In our Dharmabyte today, “Solitude and Meditation” Paramananda introduces the challenges and rewards of solitude, meditation as a form of solitude, and how being alone can enhance the experience of connection.

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