Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Amala (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 2 Nov, 2022 - 13:26

“The Heart Sutra was my moment of conversion, when I was 17 years old.”
 

Amala’s Annals:

In 1968 I was 14 years old, attending a Quaker High School in Washington, D.C., USA. I was very aware of the Civil Rights movement and the unrest all around me due to race issues. I was also aware of the growing peace movement(s) and started to be active in anti-Vietnam marches in Washington.

In 1978 I had graduated from university two years before with...

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Dharmabyte: Three Doors of Liberation

By Zac on Mon, 26 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

When one approaches the transcendental, one approaches the three transcendental samadhis, which Sangharakshita describes as three doors of liberation - namely as that of emptiness, signlessness, and directionlessness. 

From the talk The Rain of the Dharma given in the USA, 1994.

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Dharmabytes: Take Notice of Inconsistencies

By Zac on Wed, 13 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Magical Aspects of Emptiness

Kamalashila looks at our whole relationship to nature and the elements: how the artificiality in our lives can get in the way of seeing what things are actually like - and what we might do about that in practice! Kamalashila uses these reflections as a way into evoking a more natural, deeply encouraging perspective, one that allows us to open up to the reality the Buddha pointed to under the tree and let the Dharma transform...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Beltane Puja

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:07

Beltane Puja

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:07

Friday 1 May, 19:30, with Lalitaraja. Join via this Zoom link.

Celebrating the halfway point between equinox and solstice. The female Buddha Prajnaparamita (Perfect Wisdom) will be the central focus for the puja – her synthesis of wisdom and compassion arises in the realisation of emptiness.

An evening of ritual honouring Beltane. Beltane celebrates the rites of passion and fertility, of union, or differently put of the integration of wisdom and compassion. Prajnaparamita will be...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Taming the Bull

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 25 Apr, 2020 - 16:48

Taming the Bull

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 25 Apr, 2020 - 16:48

Ratnaprabha’s slideshow on the Zen Ox-herding pictures. Live-streamed series on Buddhist Symbols, Imagine a Buddha, look on the North London Buddhist Centre’s new YouTube channel every Saturday until 23 May at 11:30 UK time.

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Dharmabyte: Metta as Emptiness

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 17 Jan, 2019 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called Metta as Emptiness by Dayajoti. This excerpt is from the talk Dependent Arising given on the Metta and Insight Retreat, held at Taraloka Retreat Centre, May 2015.

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Dharmabyte: The Buddha's Decision to Teach

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 3 Jan, 2019 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called The Buddha’s Decision to Teach by Parami excerpted from the talk Out of Compassion for the World given at our International Retreat at Taraloka, May 2008.

The Buddha realised full well how hard it was going to be to communicate what he had discovered to other people - to us. He knew that the grip of greed, hatred and delusion is very strong. He could imagine how vexatious it might...

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Dharmabyte: What is actually happening?

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 19 Jun, 2018 - 14:00

In this FBA Dharmabyte Arthapriya creatively explores the question: What is actually happening?

Arthapriya explores the Buddhist understanding of what we call reality, and how it is less common sensical than we might imagine. In particular, he questions how much our ‘outside world’ is in fact so strongly conditioned by our state of mind. Covering karma, emptiness, impermanence and galaxies, this is a wide ranging talk!

From the talk ‘The Nature of Reality‘ of a series of three talks entitled...

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Anālayo on Compassion and Emptiness

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 7 Jan, 2016 - 11:34

Anālayo on Compassion and Emptiness

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 7 Jan, 2016 - 11:34

Anālayo, professor of Buddhist Studies at the Sri Lanka International Academy in Pallekele, teaches at the Center for Buddhist Studies of the University of Hamburg and researches at the Dharma Drum Buddhist College in Taiwan. He has drawn on his extensive research into early Buddhism to present Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation, our featured title this month. Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, comments, ‘Serious meditation students will benefit...

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