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Become One Person, Become No Person

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 7 Aug, 2020 - 09:43

Become One Person, Become No Person

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 7 Aug, 2020 - 09:43

North London Buddhist Centre Budcast talk, 11:30, Saturday 8 August.

Nandaraja (pictured) will explain how Perfect Samadhi (meditation, or better, unification of mind) completes the Buddha’s 8-fold Path.

He writes: “Samadhi is a higher state of consciousness that is not fettered by concepts, ideas or language. All the previous seven limbs of the Eightfold Path come together, and Perfect Samadhi is both supported by and supports them, integrating them into a holistic system of interconnectedness that dissolves clinging and yields a renunciation of the...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

The Pagoda of Consciousness: the Stupa

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 22:45

The Pagoda of Consciousness: the Stupa

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 22:45

Buddhist Symbols slideshow, Saturday 23 May 11:30 with Ratnaprabha.

The stupa started as a burial mound for the Buddha, but became a vast symbol, the architecture of enlightenment, with its special forms and meanings in the different Asian Buddhist cultures. The last of this series of slideshows.
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Recent talks and slideshows can be seen here on our YouTube channel.  Last week’s on the Vajra, Can the...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Imagine a Buddha…

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 - 09:54

Imagine a Buddha…

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 - 09:54

Weekly North London Slideshows by Ratnaprabha on images and symbols in Buddhism

11:30 am on Saturdays (except 9 May, see below) after the 10:30 meditation.
Zoom login each week except 10 May is here

Sat 18 April    The Endless Knot: Buddhist Symbols
Sat 25 April    Taming The Bull: a Zen path
Sat 2 May    Meeting the Buddhas
(Sat 9 May    Kusala Talk on Right Livelihood)
Sunday 10 May    (Buddha...

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Dharmabyte: In the World, Not of the World

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

The new consciousness that emerges does so in stages. In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, we hear from Maitreyabandhu on the particular kind of effort needed in meditation entitled In the World, Not of the World.

From the talk Meditation Essentials: Stages.

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Dharmabyte: Four-Fold Right Effort

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 4 Feb, 2019 - 14:00

Our Dharmbyte today FBA Dharmabyte is from Bhante Sangharakshita called Four-Fold Perfect Effort. Discussing the evolution of consciousness, this lecture explains that at the stage of reflexive consciousness, deliberate effort is required for any further progress. Right Effort is fourfold: preventing and eradicating the unskilful, and cultivating and maintaining the skilful.

From the talk, The Conscious Evolution of Man: Right Effort, given in 1968 as part of the series ...

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Dharmabyte: Our Illusory View

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 21 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is another dip into the Yogachara from Subhuti called ‘Our Illusory View’. This is the last in a brilliant four-part series by Subhuti on the Yogachara school of Buddhist philosophy, which provides a comprehensive psychological overview of the workings of ‘consciousness’.

What can we do about the veils of our basic delusions? Where do ethics come into all this? Time to steep ourselves in reality again for another session with Subhuti as he grasps...

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Dharmabyte: A Prayer to the Moon

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 14 May, 2018 - 12:51

In this Dharmabyte podcast, ‘A Prayer to the Moon’, Paramananda shares a David White poem about the moon as a means of expressing consciousness that is inspired by longing for something greater than us.

From a talk called ‘The Moon’ given at the West London Buddhist Centre.

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Dharmabyte: Karma with a Twist

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 11 Apr, 2018 - 17:02

In this Dharmabyte podcast entitled, “Karma with a Twist”, Subhuti clearly describes how unwholesome mental states influence how we interpret our experience. This is why we begin with sila (ethics) on the path.

From the talk, Rambles Around the Yogachara: Talk 1, part of the series Rambles Around the Yogachara by Subhuti. The Yogachara school of Buddhist philosophy provides a comprehensive psychological overview of the workings of ‘consciousness’.

This talk introduces the...

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Dharmabyte: Concepts - A Map of Reality

By Rijupatha on Mon, 9 Nov, 2015 - 11:00

Transcendental insight is free of intellectual thought, but it doesn’t just arise out of nowhere. Nobody can tell you the difference between theory and direct experience – you just know it. Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, from Yashobodhi, is entitled “Concepts: A Map of Reality”, an excerpt from the talk “Inquisitive Mind, Thinking and Awakening”.

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FBA Podcast: Mind Over Matter

By Rijupatha on Sat, 7 Nov, 2015 - 13:41

This week’s FBA Podcast features Jnanavaca in a talk entitled “Mind Over Matter”. Most people think of science as insisting that only dead matter really exists as a substrate of everything in the universe, and that mind is something that does not have the same reality as matter. However modern physics shows that matter itself is not made up of definite things, and that it may even be influenced by being observed by...

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