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Dharmabytes: Moving Closer to Truth

By Zac on Thu, 2 Mar, 2023 - 06:00

In this short personal talk, Prajnahridaya discusses the universal importance of love, a quality so vital if we want to live a meaningful life.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Rising Sun given at the Annual Sub35 Men’s Weekend for Young Buddhists at Padmaloka in November, 2018.


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Dharmabyte: The Altruistic Aspect of the Bodhisattva

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

What’s in it for me? Our natural human tendency is to take, to grasp, to cling. If you can give though, there is hope, spiritually speaking. Generosity is an attitude of heart and of mind, an attitude of one’s whole being.

Sangharakshita describes the altruistic aspect of the Bodhisattva and the reconciliation of the apparent antithesis between the interests of others and of self by practising the first two of the six Perfections: dana (giving) and shila (ethics or ‘uprightness’).

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Dharmabyte: Letting Our Inner Riches Shine

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 8 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Danapriya explores how our inner world reflects to the outer world. How do we want to live in the world? How do our views impact our practice of generosity? Where do we direct the energies of craving and desire?

Excerpted from the talk entitled Giving Is Enjoyable given at Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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Dharmabyte: Dana as Practice

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 18 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called Dana as Practice. Here Samachitta puts the practice of generosity under the microscope in this engaging talk on the first paramita.

When we perform an act of generosity, what exactly is happening? How does it relate to the development of Wisdom? Is there such a thing as purely mental generosity and how effective is it?

This talk explains the ‘why’, ‘what’ and how’ of Dana-Paramita.

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Dharmabyte: Hear the Call to Give

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Jul, 2018 - 11:47

In this Dharmabyte podcast, ‘Hear the Call to Give’, Vidyamala reminds us of the Buddha’s words that at the very least we can give. Our Bodhisattva journey, giving is the first paramita, the first training, because it is the complete opposite of grasping. Anyone can have a moment of open-handedness!

Excerpt from the talk ‘From Pinball Machine to River’, a talk given on the Manchester Buddhist Centre Sangha Retreat at Adhisthana on 21 May 2016.

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