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Dharmabyte: Face To Face With Reality

By Rijupatha on Mon, 19 May, 2014 - 14:59
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte we bring you “Face To Face With Reality.” Vadanya draws on the Pali Canon and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to explore how coming face to face with reality is liberating and expansive – but also very uncomfortable for our habitual small self. Our Dharmabyte is just the beginning of the talk, for the rest: “Face to Face with Reality”.

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Dharmabyte: Symbols of Religion

By Rijupatha on Thu, 15 May, 2014 - 20:27
Our Dharmabyte today is titled “Symbols of Religion” from a recording of “Sangharakshita in Conversation with Kathleen Raine”. In this excerpt they discuss depictions of the cross through the ages; Yakshas (kindly demons); the Renaissance, human selfhood and the spirit; Ravenna mosaics; the Stations of the Cross considered as art; and the stupa.

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Dharmabyte: Transforming the World into a Spiritual Community

By Rijupatha on Mon, 12 May, 2014 - 15:40
This FBA Dharmabyte episode is an excerpt from the strong visionary talk by Sangharakshita, A Blueprint for a New World, given in 1976. Our Dharmabyte today is titled “Transforming the World into a Spiritual Community.” Is it possible to create a society in which all social, economic, and political arrangements will support the development of true individuality? In this lecture a number of principles essential to the successful transformation of our...
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Dharmabyte: Life As An Order Member

By Rijupatha on Mon, 5 May, 2014 - 17:49
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, we hear Aryabandhu speaking about “Life As An Order Member.” One year after ordination, Aryabandhu talks about his experience of life as an order member. The third in a series of four talks given to men training for ordination on the ‘What Is the Order’ retreat.

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Dharmabyte: Aspiration and Joining the Order

By Rijupatha on Thu, 1 May, 2014 - 14:23
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Aspiration and Joining the Order”, Saddhanandi takes us through a set of very thought-provoking reflections. She is forthright indeed about the difficulties and joys of cultivating faith in the Dharma and makes very plain the consequences we can expect in our life as and when that faith arises. The full talk, entitled, “Enlightenment as Heart, Life as Whole” is peppered with examples from her own practice...
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Dharmabyte: First Glimpses - Diamond Sutra & The Sutra of Wei Lang

By Rijupatha on Mon, 28 Apr, 2014 - 14:31
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is an excerpt from the well-loved account of Sangharakshita’s spiritual journey entitled: “First Glimpses: Diamond Sutra & The Sutra of Wei Lang”. “The History of My Going for Refuge” is an inspiring autobiographical lecture taking up Sangharakshita’s story from his earliest experiences of Buddhism and telling how he came progressively to understand the centrality of Going for Refuge in the Buddhist life.
Talk given in 1988.
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Dharmabyte: Ordination Will Change Your Life

By Rijupatha on Thu, 24 Apr, 2014 - 14:05
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a personal account from Padmavajra, one of the main teachers at Padmaloka Retreat Centre for men. In “Ordination Will Change Your Life” he evokes the Three Jewels as the great love of a life centred on the heart’s concerns. The full talk entitled, “First Love” was given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2005

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Dharmabyte: Why Ordination, Why An Order?

By Rijupatha on Mon, 21 Apr, 2014 - 17:40
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, we hear “Why Ordination, Why An Order,” from a talk given on a weekend retreat for women mitras at Tiratanaloka. In this excerpt, Maitreyi shares her personal journey of requesting ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Order. From the full talk: “Why Ordination, Why An Order”.

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Dharmabyte: What is Mindfulness Practice?

By Rijupatha on Thu, 17 Apr, 2014 - 14:43
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is from Vishvapani, entitled “What is Mindfulness Practice?” As interest in mindfulness grows in across society, Vishvapani looks at the path beyond an eight-week course and asks, what is the real significance of mindfulness practice? He identifies the key elements that are present from the very start of mindfulness practice and describes how the same elements work at many levels and can become a path to liberation.

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Dharmabytes: Body & Mind

By Rijupatha on Mon, 14 Apr, 2014 - 15:28
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte titled “Body & Mind” is an excerpt from “Foundations of Mindfulness” by Kamalashila. In this section he suggests focusing on two of the four traditional foundations: awareness of body and awareness of mind, thought, mood and mental state. This clear talk by Kamalashila is about the significance of mindfulness for the Buddhist path, from the perspective of the four foundations of mindfulness as taught by the...

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