The Buddhist Centre:
buddhism for today
Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Effort Characterized by Joy

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 27 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Dhammadinna shares her thoughts on viriya/vigour as derived from Chapter 7 of the Bodhicaryavatara.

The Bodhicaryavatara is an 8th century text written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk from the monastic ‘university’ at Nalanda, India, and Dhammadinna presented this material over three sessions on an Order retreat called “Teaching the Bodhicaryavatara.” She says at the beginning that she isn’t giving a formal talk and, indeed, the title is her description of what she was doing…. sharing some thoughts...

Bump elbows, say hello!
The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times

Extra Resource - Dhammadinna's talk - Turning Arrows into Flowers: Day 1

By kusaladevi on Fri, 15 May, 2020 - 17:10

Extra Resource - Dhammadinna's talk - Turning Arrows into Flowers: Day 1

By kusaladevi on Fri, 15 May, 2020 - 17:10

On day 1, here’s an extra resource - a talk by Dhammadinna, one of the most senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Here she introduces and explores the Mind Training teachings, drawing out their special emphasis; the opportunity to use any difficulties which arise in our lives as a basis for developing Bodhicitta.

Visit the Turning Arrows into Flowers home retreat page​

Listen to the full talk by Dhammadinna here

See all posts on Turning Arrows into Flowers

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Great Compassion Penetrates Into the Marrow of the Bones

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 14:00

A stirring and penetrating talk by Dhammadinna around the image that a Bodhisattva’s compassion runs as deep as their very bones. Nagarjuna, Milarepa and others add their voices as Dhammadinna makes an emotionally resonant but clear-eyed attempt to lay out the ground of a practice that is moving towards the development of Bodhichitta. Why bother? she asks us, and shows how open-heartedness can respond realistically and well to suffering in our own lives and in the lives of others.

Talk...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: What does it mean to be human?

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 27 Apr, 2020 - 14:00

Dhammadinna’s gently balanced and encouraging talk explores various perspectives on one of the fundamental questions, and clearly lays out various Buddhist approaches to the nature of our existence and consciousness, especially in relation to the other realms of the Tibetan wheel of life. Cherishing the opportunities is one of the challenges of this reflection - and this is a great way to begin.

From the talk The Preciousness and Rarity of Human Life, part of the series ...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Keeping Good Company

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 26 Mar, 2020 - 13:00

Here Padmasuri shares stories of friendship between the early Buddhist nuns and the Buddha. Featuring glimpses into the lives of Mahapajapati, Patajara, Dhammadinna, Kisagotami, Mitta, Queen Mallika. Many of these women would have gone forth for friendship, a sort of cradle of friendship, in which the truth teachings would be held and practiced. Just so then, so now.

Exerpted from the talk The Buddha Was a Friend As We Can Be a Friend, the fourth and final in a...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

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.

***
Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple Podcasts)
...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Changing Power to Love

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

Drawing on Bhante’s paper on the Ten Pillars from 1984, the Dhammapada and the Mind Turning teachings, Dhammadinna talks about the paradigm shift we make in our ethical practice from power mode to love mode, and the renunciation of power and blame through which we enter into experience of forgiveness and ksanti.

This talk is part of the series The Order as Practice: Shifting Paradigms.

***
Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple Podcasts)
...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Imagination as Key

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 28 Oct, 2019 - 13:00

Dhammadinna speaks about Sangharakshita and his emphasis on imagination as a key to the spiritual life.

From the talk entitled Bhante - Poetry, Myth and Imagination given on the Rainy Season Retreat at Manchester Buddhist Centre, February 2014.

***
Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple Podcasts)

Subscribe to our Free Buddhist Audio podcast - a full Dharma talk every week! (Apple Podcasts)

Subscribe using these RSS feeds...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Dhammadinna - Some words on being a College member and a public preceptor

By Saccanama on Fri, 1 Dec, 2017 - 18:02

Dhammadinna - Some words on being a College member and a public preceptor

By Saccanama on Fri, 1 Dec, 2017 - 18:02

Some words on being a College Member and a Public Preceptor 

Dhammadinna

This year, after much consideration and consultation, I decided, for health reasons, that I needed to retire from the College.  I am in my early 70’s so it also felt timely from that point of view. I attended a few days of the recent November College meeting for my farewell, which involved a delicious meal followed by very...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Dhammadinna’s reflections on her many years of living in Triratna communities

By Saccanama on Thu, 2 Feb, 2017 - 16:14

I live in Samayakula community, along with eleven other women, in two adjoining houses, near the London Buddhist Centre.  We have not long come back together after the mid-winter/new year break.  Some of us have been on the LBC winter retreats and returned with many stories to tell. Others have been to visit family, or stayed at home in the community.  On our first community evening of the New Year we launched our ‘rainy season light’ for the month...

Pages