Life’s unfair, what can we do about it? We can practice the Dharma and follow the Buddha’s teachings. Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “It’s Not Fair!” is an excerpt from the talk “What to Do In An Unfair World” by Kalyanaprabha. A sober yet uplifting talk encourages us to practice the Dharma in the face of unfairness.
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is by the delightful Ratnasuri titled “The First Sight (Old Age).” When Siddhartha Gautama was a young man, it’s said that he was so struck by three particular observations that he felt he had no choice but to make a radical change in his life. These were the traditional ‘three sights’: old age, sickness and death in his fellow human beings. This is the first of those three talks, available in the series:...
By lokabandhu on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 12:58Karmavajra writes from India, saying -
“Dhammachari Suvachin passed away around 10 am Tuesday 18 March 2014 (Indian time) at his residence in Nanded Maharashtra, India. He was 81 years of age. His son Dhammachari Padmasen was with him in his last time. He had been hospitalised for the last month.”
Suvachin was ordained in 1999 at Bhaja in India, with Subhuti as his private and public preceptor.
By Suryaprabha on Tue, 3 Dec, 2013 - 21:37THOUGHTHIS poem has been taken out of context, the ending of Time of Fire, I find it apt to reflect on the inferred death of Sangharakshita (long may it be postponed). As the film, part three of my history of Triratna, has several themes of conflict, I wanted to end on some sober reflection, and the author was kind enough to read his poem (or part of).
By lokabandhu on Mon, 25 Nov, 2013 - 09:06Purna writes from New Zealand with news of the death of one of their longest-standing Order Members, Dharmachari Taranatha. He says - “This is to inform you that Taranatha passed away around 1 am on Monday 25 Nov 2013 (NZ time) at his residence in Point Chevalier in Auckland, New Zealand. Born 12 Nov 1929, he was 84 years of age. With him at the end were Ratnavyuha, two of Taranatha’s daughters, and also in the house was his...
By viriyalila on Sun, 3 Nov, 2013 - 02:22We rolled out some esoteric talks through the rest of October, giving space for reflection on Padmasambhava, the great guru of Tibet, including a ‘long-lost talk’ by Sangharakshita given at the London Buddhist Center in 1979 along with sprinkles of death, change and compassion.
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By lokabandhu on Fri, 1 Nov, 2013 - 06:19Sridevi writes from Finland with news of the death of Sumati, one of the elders of the Triratna Sangha in Finland.
She says - “This is to let you know that Dharmacharini Sumati, from Helsinki, Finland, has died. She was ordained by Bhante in 1977 or 1978 in Finland and was very active in the early years of the Helsinki centre, especially in translating many important Dharma texts into Finnish. Her younger son has been attending some...
By Munisha on Thu, 31 Oct, 2013 - 00:37To mark Hallowe’en, Siddhisambhava writes from north Wales about her workshops and retreats on facing death. (Some readers may need to know that Hallowe’en is a festival concerned with ghosts, witches, death and other things we’d rather not think about. Children often mark it by “trick or treating”: going house to house playfully demanding sweets in return for not playing tricks on the owners. Pumpkin lanterns are traditional too.)
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Death is Certain,” is an excerpt from the talk “The Transitoriness of Life and the Certainty of Death” by Vajradarshini. Here she talks about disassociating from our own death and how our death really is not that significant. In imagining this, knowing this, there is freedom. The third talk in a five-part series from Tiratanaloka’s retreat on the ‘Four Mind Turnings’ of the Tibetan tradition.