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FBA Podcast: We Are Born of Our Actions - Dancing with the Law of Karma

By Zac on Sat, 22 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

Through recounting the story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and his subsequent communication about it, Ratnadeva traces the significance and depth of the Buddha’s teaching of karma, as well as addressing the complexities and common misconceptions that can often arise when we approach the topic.

This talk was given at Buddhafield, as part of the series Seeds of the Heart: Talks from the Dharma Parlour, 2022.

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Dharmabyte: There’s Potentiality In Every Moment

By Zac on Thu, 20 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

Does my life matter? Can I really say that actions have consequences? In this short talk Kavyamani explores the Yogacara teaching of the Alaya Vijnana, commonly referred to as the storehouse consciousness, reflecting that all our actions are like seeds and at some point they will bear fruit. 

Excerpted from the talk ‘Everything Matters and Nothing Is Lost’ given in the Dharma Parlour tent at Buddhafield, as part of the series ...

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Dharmabyte: Creating a Dharma Context in Everyday Life

By Zac on Thu, 6 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

The Dharma is only truly meaningful if it allows us to live more fully and if we are able to take it with us into the final moments before our death. There is nothing more practical than this. Mahasraddha explores what this means for us.

From the talk The Dharma as Context for Living and Dying given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Keep The Doors Open To All Beings

By Zac on Thu, 2 Jun, 2022 - 06:00

By keeping our heart open, we communicate our values to all beings, offering an opportunity to break down polarisation in our world. Parami  reminds us that a bodhisattva creates the conditions where all beings can see through the causes of conditions and therefore create the conditions for future happiness.

Excerpted from the talk After the Enlightenment: Breaking Through to Freedom given on Buddha Day at North London Buddhist Centre, May...

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Untangle your Mind: A Going Deeper Course on Buddhist Conditionality

By Ratnadeva on Fri, 18 Feb, 2022 - 16:43

Untangle your Mind: A Going Deeper Course on Buddhist Conditionality

By Ratnadeva on Fri, 18 Feb, 2022 - 16:43

All the Buddha’s teachings flow from his greatest discovery, the law of conditionality, sometimes described as ‘dependent origination’. The Four Noble Truths, the Wheel of Life, the Middle-way, Nirvana and the law of karma all follow from this central principle.

Over the six weeks of the course we will delve into the ramifications of dependent origination in order to penetrate this teaching that is ‘profound, hard to understand, peaceful and sublime’. We will explore how it can point the way towards ending...

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Bristol Buddhist Centre

Placing Faith in Conditions 2/6

By BristolBC on Tue, 15 Feb, 2022 - 14:40

Placing Faith in Conditions 2/6

By BristolBC on Tue, 15 Feb, 2022 - 14:40

This striking image has many depths and hidden secrets. Do our present conscious actions build our future? An ambitious but brief look at the eight distinct aspects of consciousness to point towards an understanding of the Buddhist perspective on karma as this is depicted as driving this whole wheel of becoming. Be the Revolution course on the Wheel of Life with Bhadra. Week 2/6.

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Dharmabyte: Starting to See Through

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Nov, 2021 - 06:00

Dhammarati illuminates the process of conditionality that is put in motion when engaged in Anapanasati meditation. Here he is introducing the fourth tetrad focusing on the first instruction of contemplating impermanence.

Excerpted from the talk Inquiry Into the Experience of Wisdom, part of the series Anapanasati Sutta: Instructions for Awakening given on retreat at Adhisthana, May 2019.

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Dharmabyte: What is the Deathless?

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 4 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

Padmasagara explores the glimpses of the Buddha’s liberating vision found in the Ariyapariyesana sutta, focussing on the Buddha’s description of Reality in terms of pratitya samutpada (conditionality) and his response to Brahma Sahampati’s request to teach the Dhamma. The talk also explores how we can begin to realise this vision for ourselves by responding to the Buddha’s exhortation: ‘let those who have ears release their faith’.

From the talk The Buddha’s Liberating Vision given on the Great Gathering...

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FBA Podcast: The Tumble Dryer of Karma

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 23 May, 2020 - 14:00

In this talk, Moksatara  explores what karma really means and how we can work with this law of the universe to leave behind the ‘snakes and ladders’ game of repetitive ups and downs, moving instead on a liberating path of growth. By understanding the importance of conditionality and ethics, we can take charge of our lives and move in the direction we want to go.

Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, January 2020.

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Only One Thing Among Many - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 7

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 12:52

Only One Thing Among Many - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 7

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 12:52

“Everything arises in dependence on conditions”. Even if you are relatively new to Buddhism you might be familiar with this concept (often summarised as ‘conditionality’) and even if you are not, it makes sense, in the way that the law of gravity makes sense. But do we live as if we believed that everything arises in dependence on conditions? Or do we secretly believe that if we can sort out the world around us, fix it somehow, nothing bad will...

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