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FBA Podcast: Forgiveness and Happiness

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 8 Jun, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Podcast this week is entitled Forgiveness and Happiness. Santavajri explores verses 4, 5 and 6 of the Eight Verses for Training the Mind. She begins with her realisation that a motivator for her spiritual practice has been a quest for happiness.

Touching on the themes of righteous indignation, spiritual bypassing, empathy, non-violent communication, envy and exploring apology, confession and working with betrayal, Santavajri poses the question as to whether we can forgive ourselves and move towards unconditional...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Expanding Views

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 6 Jun, 2019 - 09:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, is Expanding Views by Nandaraja. From the talk Empathising with the Enemy given on a People of Colour Sangha Day retreat.

How to step outside of polarisation and find freedom of heart and mind.

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Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

Interview with the author – Shantigarbha on his new book I’ll Meet You There

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 13 Aug, 2018 - 16:43

Interview with the author – Shantigarbha on his new book I’ll Meet You There

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 13 Aug, 2018 - 16:43

I’d love empathy to become a household word.

Shantigarbha, the author of our new release I’ll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication shares his passion for Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and inspiration for the book in an interview for NVC-UK. Shantigarbha is an experienced teacher of both NVC and Buddhism; he is also a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. He was given the name Shantigarbha, which means ‘seed of peace’.

How...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Community Morning - Soaring, Resonating

By Candradasa on Thu, 30 Jun, 2016 - 20:38

Community Morning - Soaring, Resonating

By Candradasa on Thu, 30 Jun, 2016 - 20:38

This week we’ll be continuing our exploration of the role of imagination in Dharma practice - using the Brahma Viharas series of meditations as a basis for looking at how we respond to whatever arises via the mind and the five senses through the course of our days.

Mudita (‘sympathetic joy’) is an attitude to others we can cultivate anytime. The quality we’re looking for can be rendered as a “joyful resonance”. The image is of the lark ascending, the...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Community Morning - Compassion In Tough Times

By Candradasa on Fri, 24 Jun, 2016 - 14:24

Community Morning - Compassion In Tough Times

By Candradasa on Fri, 24 Jun, 2016 - 14:24

Isn’t the world a complicated place? It’s not always easy to know what to do about it. As we continue our series looking at imagination as a key aspect of practice, let’s get together this Sunday morning and spend some time in each other’s good company exploring compassion as a profound act of creativity. We’ll practice the karuna bhavana and look at how positive empathy can change both our own experience and the world around us.

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Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Complete Archive Of Teaching On The Brahma Viharas

By Candradasa on Fri, 17 Apr, 2015 - 18:57

Ratnavandana has given much of her later life to the cultivation and teaching of Brahma Viharas meditation - helping inspire many people to move towards spending more of their time in the ‘divine abodes’ of love, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

Here is the complete archive of teaching from her Spring 2015 Rainy Season retreat in Bristol, UK. The theme was ‘Living In The Mandala’, looking at the Brahma Viharas in the context of the five Buddha mandala. Talks, readings, guided...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 7: Guided Brahma Viharas Meditation (With Notes on Bhavana)

By Centre Team on Sat, 11 Apr, 2015 - 20:27

Ratnavandana introduces and guides us through a composite practice of all four Brahma Viharas at once - loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity.

She sets the scene perfectly with an introduction to the notion of cultivation/development within the context of a Buddhist spiritual life, showing how each of these qualities may be called forth whenever needed in the face of our experience, just as the flower is called forth from the seed in springtime.

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Free Buddhist Audio

Empathy, Receptivity, Silence... A Week of Podcasts on FBA

By viriyalila on Wed, 8 May, 2013 - 01:40

Empathy, Receptivity, Silence... A Week of Podcasts on FBA

By viriyalila on Wed, 8 May, 2013 - 01:40We start our podcast review with The Power of Empathy by Vajrasara. In this beautiful talk Vajrasara explores metta (loving kindness), the subtle art of listening, and Kuan Yin, the mysterious white lady of Compassion. One of a series of talks on the theme of ‘A Force for Good in the World’, given in the Dharma Parlour at the 2010 Buddhafield Festival in Somerset, UK

Then we give you two short Dharmabytes, little gems of Dharma...