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Dharmabytes: A Place Where Light Comes into the World

By Centre Team on Mon, 9 Oct, 2023 - 11:00

Vadanya describes the inner experience of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, in this excerpt we hear what holds us back from making serious progress. From the talk entitled A New Light given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2023.

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Dharmabytes: The Arising of Bodhicitta

By Zac on Mon, 23 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

The Enlightenment of the Buddha was an irreversible breakthrough into a new kind of consciousness for the world. All our practice flows from this endless stream of wisdom and compassion, flowing throughout the history of humanity. Dhammarati explores this momentous event, and its implications for us today. 

From the talk entitled The Awakening Mind given on Buddha Day Festival at the London Buddhist Centre, 2022.

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The Poetics of Awakening - Dedicated Site for Our New Home Retreat

By Centre Team on Sun, 15 Jan, 2023 - 15:30

The Poetics of Awakening - Dedicated Site for Our New Home Retreat

By Centre Team on Sun, 15 Jan, 2023 - 15:30

It’s only five days till our new Home Retreat begins! There’s still time to join Paramananda and Bodhilila for a week of meditation, poetry and deep engagement with the Dharma life as it manifests day by day. With over 100 bookings already it’s sure to be a wonderful community event, offering encouragement and support for your practice from two of Triratna’s best-loved meditation teachers.

Visit the dedicated site for ‘The Poetics of Awakening’

Awake my dear
Be kind to your sleeping

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FBA Podcast: The Tale of Maha-Kassapa

By Zac on Sat, 19 Nov, 2022 - 06:00

Amoghavajra takes us back 2,500 years to the Kingdom of Magadha in Northern India to the birth of a boy called Kassapa. He grows up happily and as he gets older he becomes less and less worldly. Kassapa marries Bhadda who has equally renunciant tendancies. They both go forth together.

Kassapa meets the Buddha, becomes his disciple and gains Enlightenment. He is known as a superb meditator and was foremost among the bhikkus for practising austerities. According to Amoghavajra’s story,...

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FBA Podcast: We Are Born of Our Actions - Dancing with the Law of Karma

By Zac on Sat, 22 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

Through recounting the story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and his subsequent communication about it, Ratnadeva traces the significance and depth of the Buddha’s teaching of karma, as well as addressing the complexities and common misconceptions that can often arise when we approach the topic.

This talk was given at Buddhafield, as part of the series Seeds of the Heart: Talks from the Dharma Parlour, 2022.

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Dharmabyte: Ways We Limit Ourselves

By Zac on Mon, 29 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Abandoning Our Wrong Ideas About the Path

More poetry, more Rumi, more listening joy from Vajradarshini. And what a title! In fact, this is another splendid journey around the idea of Enlightenment, using the languages of surrender and discipline from the Sufi context. It’s as heady as a sumptuous wine, but also sobering and down to earth, whether we’re “following a railing in the dark” or “wandering inside the red world”. Drink up! From the talk entitled ...

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Dharmabyte: Contemplating Nature

By Zac on Mon, 18 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Appreciating Natural Beauty We seek happiness, but often we find that our desires and aspirations are in conflict. Sangharakshita implores us to appreciate nature for her own sake.

From the talk Nature, Man, and Enlightenment, part of the series Transformation of Life and World in the Sutra of Golden Light, 1976.

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FBA Podcast: In Beauty May I Walk

By Zac on Sat, 9 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Beauty As the Fourth Laksana

In this talk, Punyamala takes us through the rich mandala of practice we can follow by reflecting on the laksanas. She then describes the path of beauty and how we can move from contemplating mundane beauty to the beauty of the enlightened state.

This talk was given during the Women’s Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, December 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Jewel in the Lotus

By Zac on Sat, 25 Jun, 2022 - 06:00

Sraddhagita explores in a quietly effective, down-to-earth way one of the great central images of Mahayana Buddhism, usually associated with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

This talk was given at the London Buddhist Centre, 2007.

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Dharmabyte: The Muchalinda Episode

By Zac on Mon, 6 Jun, 2022 - 06:00

Buddhism appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so.  Sangharakshita introduces the myth of Muchalinda, the serpent-king that appears after the Buddha’s enlightenment, representing the forces of the unconscious mind in their most positive aspect. 
From the talk Buddhism and the Language of Myth is part of the series Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism, 1967.

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