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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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FBA Podcast: After the Enlightenment

By Zac on Sat, 4 Jun, 2022 - 06:00

Parami focuses on the significance of the seven weeks after the Buddha’s enlightenment and draws out the relevance for us today. When we experience the freedom from something that has held us back the energy that is released is extraordinary and requires time for absorption.
This talk was given on Buddha Day at North London Buddhist Centre, May 2018.

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Dharmabyte: Keep The Doors Open To All Beings

By Zac on Thu, 2 Jun, 2022 - 06:00

By keeping our heart open, we communicate our values to all beings, offering an opportunity to break down polarisation in our world. Parami  reminds us that a bodhisattva creates the conditions where all beings can see through the causes of conditions and therefore create the conditions for future happiness.

Excerpted from the talk After the Enlightenment: Breaking Through to Freedom given on Buddha Day at North London Buddhist Centre, May...

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Dharmabyte: Rooted In Compassion

By Zac on Mon, 30 May, 2022 - 06:00

Dhivan brings us face to face with the rich and moving legacy of a brilliant and truly compassionate individual, changing the world he took part in, stepping out of history “with the walk of a lion, the walk of a swan.”

From the talk What Do We Really Know About the Buddha? given at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2008

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FBA Podcast: The Star Of Healing

By Zac on Sat, 28 May, 2022 - 06:00

In a talk for Buddha day, Ratnaprabha takes us through the realisations that came to the Buddha during his all night meditation under the Bodhi tree, culminating in the vision of the morning star, the Star of Healing. Its light was the first sight of the Awakened One, a light symbolising the illumination of awareness itself.

Talk given at the West London Buddhist Centre, 2014.

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Dharmabyte: Full Illumination Arose

By Zac on Thu, 26 May, 2022 - 06:00

Sangharakshita describes the moment of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. 

From the talk Who is the Buddha?, part of the series Introducing the Three Jewels of Buddhism, 1968.

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Dharmabyte: Becoming Spiritual Warriors

By Zac on Mon, 23 May, 2022 - 06:00

The full moon in May is celebrated as the anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and his victory over the demon Mara. Sangharakshita explains what Mara represents and how to overcome that which holds us back.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Buddha’s Victory given in 1987.

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FBA Podcast: Becoming A Sage

By Zac on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 06:00

Paramananda celebrates the Buddha’s long struggle leading up to his Enlightenment. This talk was given in celebration of Buddha Day at West London Buddhist Centre, 2012.

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Dharmabyte: Enter Mara, The Evil One

By Zac on Thu, 19 May, 2022 - 06:00

Maitrisiddhi, in her usual lively, inspiring and practical way, poses the questions: How we can recognise the insidious voice of Mara, embodiment of everything that holds us back from practising the Dharma? How do we relate to inner voices which undermine our confidence and best efforts? Can we, like Lochana, touch the earth with clarity and confidence in our path?

From the talk Lochana and Mara: Clarity and Doubt, given at ...

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