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FBA Podcast: Imploring Vajrasattva

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 17 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Vajrasattva is associated with purity and with the time of death. Aryajaya helps us to engage more deeply with the meaning and symbolism of Vajrasattva.

Talk given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Gratitude for Life

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 1 Feb, 2021 - 06:29

Amitasuri explores what can happen when faced with well-being, illness, ageing and death, and looks at how the Dharma might influence our response. Amitasuri takes her Dharma practice to her work as a Buddhist Hospital Chaplain, where she supports health and well-being through pastoral, religious and spiritual care for staff, patients and their families in a number of hospitals in Greater Manchester.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Living What We Love: A Response to the Four Sights...

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Dharmabyte: In the Company of Padmasambhava

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 15 Oct, 2020 - 05:10

According to Tibetan tradition, in the bardo, an ‘intermediate state’ in the endless round of birth and death, we are free for an instant from that round. The Tibetan book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol) describes six of these opportunities for escape from reactivity. Here Sangharakshita explores our resistance to facing death and the impact of the esoteric teachings of Padmasambhava.

From the talk Psycho-Spiritual Symbolism in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. part of the series ...

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Dharmabyte: Stepping into the Full Nature of Impermanence

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 13 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Paramananda introduces Vajrapani and his connection to energy, specifically looking at impermanence and fearlessness when coming into relationship with death.

From the talk entitled Vajrapani and Led Energy Meditation given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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Dharmabyte: Vajrasattva, death and the hell realm

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 20 Apr, 2020 - 14:00

A story from Kalimpong…

Sangharakshita shares a story from Kalimpong about being woken up in the middle of the night to a very strange occurrence – he saw a dear friend who had passed several years earlier standing in a deep pit next to his bed. His response was to chant the Vajrasattva Mantra.

Excerpted from the talk Between Twin Sala Trees, part of the series Incidents from the Pali Canon, 1983. This lecture is a series of reflections based...

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Dharmabyte: The Episode of the Untimely Flowers

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 20 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

Here Sangharakshita recounts one of the stories from the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, that of The Episode of Untimely Flowers. Reflections based around the Buddha’s Parinirvana (‘death’), stress the importance of impermanence.

From the lecture entitled Between Twin Sala Trees as part of the series Incidents from the Pali Canon,1983.

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Dharmabyte: Return Journey

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 13 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

Aryajaya tells the story of The Myth of the Return Journey from the Lotus Sutra in illustrating the meaning and symbolism of Vajrasattva who is associated with purity and the time of death.

From the talk entitled Vajrasattva given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Tiny Splash of a Raindrop

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 8 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

The Buddha’s Parinirvana marks the final passing of the Buddha two and a half millennia ago. It is an opportunity not just to contemplate on impermanence, but also to rejoice in the example of the Buddha’s life and in the precious opportunity our own lives present us with.

Dhammadinna gave this talk at Parinirvana Festival at London Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: The Buddha's Last Journey

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 6 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

The Maha Parinirvana Sutra contains a fairly detailed account of the Buddha’s last months of his earthly life. It follows him step by step – where he went, who he met, how he discoursed, what teaching he gave. By the time he embarked on his last journey he knew he was going to pass away. Being the Enlightened One, he remained calm, reflecting on his last words, his last teaching.

Excerpted from the talk The Tantric Symbolism of the Stupa...

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Dharmabyte: Death is Uncharted Territory

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 3 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

There is something profoundly natural and ordinary about death, and yet something quite mysterious. Where do we go? What actually happens? Who or what are we when alive? Nothing changed, from the Buddha’s point of view. Vimalavajri offers reflections on the ultimate unknown, the ultimate mystery, death, inspired by the glimpses of awakening depicted in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Way to the Beyond given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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