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FBA Podcast: The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to Its Limits

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 8 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

This week’s FBA Podcast is the first talk in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on ‘The Diamond Sutra’ entitled Taking Mind to its Limits. We are taken through the work stage by stage, and here we begin with the opening scenes and the text itself as a revelation of Reality…

Talks given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004.

This talk is part of the series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its...

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Dharmabyte: Perception (Samjna) - A Definition

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 5 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘Perception (Samjna) - A Definition’, taken from the 6th talk in the parkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits by Padmavajra.

This extract contains a useful and considered introduction to the nature and workings of perception itself. With a special emphasis, too, on moving from a utilitarian attitude to other people towards a genuine sense of relationship founded on loving kindness.

Talks given...

Glasgow Buddhist Centre
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The 100 Year Puja - Bhante's Birthday

By Billy on Sat, 30 Jul, 2016 - 20:09

The 100 Year Puja - Bhante's Birthday

By Billy on Sat, 30 Jul, 2016 - 20:09

Friday 26th August, 7:30pm at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre

We’re marking Sangharakshita’s 91st birthday at the GBC with the ‘100 Year Puja’, a ritual celebrated in Triratna centres worldwide.

Please come along from 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm.

This year we’re taking the theme of the Perfection of Wisdom, and we’ll have a reading of the Diamond Sutra, plus Manjughosa mantras.

Sangharakshita realised as a teenager that he was a Buddhist and had always been so, after reading The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of...

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FBA Podcast: The Diamond Sutra

By Rijupatha on Sat, 8 Aug, 2015 - 11:00

This week’s FBA Podcast, “The Diamond Sutra”, is a talk given my Sangharakshita in 1969. If one does not want to ‘get caught in the grip of reality’, one should leave this great text alone! The Perfection of Wisdom Discourse that ‘Cuts Like a Diamond’…

N.B. Reference for this lecture: Buddhist Wisdom Books, translated by E. Conze. (Allen & Unwin, 1958)

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Dharmabyte: No Labels in Reality

By Rijupatha on Thu, 6 Aug, 2015 - 15:51

Our FBA Dharmabyte today drops us into the realm of ritual with “No Labels in Reality”. One of the dominant themes in The Diamond Sutra is animitta samadhi, no-thing is supported by any other thing, there is no gift, no giver, no receiver.

Excerpted from “The Diamond Sutra”, a gem of a talk by Abhaya. With his customary dry wit and sharp eye he leads us on the crazy paving path through the Diamond Sutra...

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Dharmabyte: First Glimpses - Diamond Sutra & The Sutra of Wei Lang

By Rijupatha on Mon, 28 Apr, 2014 - 14:31
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is an excerpt from the well-loved account of Sangharakshita’s spiritual journey entitled: “First Glimpses: Diamond Sutra & The Sutra of Wei Lang”. “The History of My Going for Refuge” is an inspiring autobiographical lecture taking up Sangharakshita’s story from his earliest experiences of Buddhism and telling how he came progressively to understand the centrality of Going for Refuge in the Buddhist life.
Talk given in 1988.
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Dharmabyte: Blending Reason and Reverence

By Rijupatha on Sat, 22 Mar, 2014 - 20:20
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “Blending Reason and Reverence” is an excerpt from “The Diamond Sutra – Taking Mind to its Limits: Talk 1” by Padmavajra. Blending the intellectual and the devotional, here Padmavajra describes the setting of the sutra exploring simplicity and awareness.

This is an excerpt from the first in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on ‘The Diamond Sutra’. We...
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The Diamond Sutra as Zen Master

By viriyalila on Fri, 20 Dec, 2013 - 15:05
Continuing with our Bodhisattva theme, our next FBA Dharmabyte this week is called “The Diamond Sutra as Zen Master.” Listen to Abhaya in an an intriguing discussion of the sutra as Vajrapani and as a zen master. From the talk “The Diamond Sutra” where Abhaya leads us on the crazy paving path through the profoundly paradoxical – a text guaranteed to turn your world upside-down. Some very funny parts to this talk – and some...
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Padmavajra on the 'Buddhafield' in Buddhist Mahayana Tradition

By Candradasa on Sun, 19 May, 2013 - 18:59
If you wonder why Buddhafield is called that, we thought you might like a little bit of the deep Dharma behind the name!

Here are some extracts from Padmavajra’s classic talk series from 2004 on the Diamond Sutra in which he looks at the Buddhist Mahayana tradition of the creation of Buddhafields as part of the Bodhisattva’s activity.

These are taken from talks 3 and 8. Listen to the whole series

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Today's Dharmabyte episode: "The Bodhisattva's Gifts" by Padmavajra

By Rijupatha on Thu, 9 Aug, 2012 - 18:37

Today's Dharmabyte episode: "The Bodhisattva's Gifts" by Padmavajra

By Rijupatha on Thu, 9 Aug, 2012 - 18:37Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “The Bodhisattva’s Gifts,” by Padmavjra, is from the third talk in the series: “The Diamond Sutra – Taking Mind to its Limits.” Padmavajra takes a look into the world of the Bodhisattva and the six Perfections of Wisdom, especially dana – generosity which forms an essential basis of Buddhist practice and of life.

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