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FBA Podcast: The Buddha's Social Revolution

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 5 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

In the first weeks after his Enlightenment, the Buddha stayed alone near the Bodhi tree, assimilating his profound discovery and enjoying its bliss. But from the first moment he encountered another human being, the force of his compassion led him to revolt against the social hierarchies of his day. In this impassioned talk at the London Buddhist Centre’s 2021 Buddha Day celebrations, Subhuti explores the nature of social conditioning. In doing so, he calls for...

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Dharmabyte: The Sun that Dwells in Space

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 8 Apr, 2021 - 07:00

Suryagupta shares a personal and significant story of opening up into a moment of uncertainty, and in it, learning to love, learning to give, later connecting this experience to the Buddha Vairocana.

This is conclusion of the talk entitled Vairocana & the Sunlight of the Enlightened Mind, part of the series The Symbolic World of the Five Buddha Mandala at the London Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: Buddha with a Thousand Faces

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 6 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

Imagine being with the Buddha, imagine the emotional effect of being that close to the Buddha. Bodhinaga draws out stories from the life of the Buddha that point to the importance of imagination as we engage with our aspiration for Enlightenment.

This talk is part of the series entitled Faces of Enlightenment given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Beauty, Love and The Rite of Fascination

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 22 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

The Vajrayana, or Tantric Buddhism, is a path of radical transformation that harnesses the energy of life’s deepest and strongest experiences. Falling in love is one such experience that can provide great masses of energy to power our spiritual development.

Vadanya reveals how in the Vajrayana we fall in love not with other people but with the person who we can become - with the ideal of the Enlightened mind - especially as experienced in the figure of the...

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Dharmabyte: A Man in Rags

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 10 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

This is a quietly passionate talk by Jinapriya on the quicksilver nature of the Enlightenment experience - impossible to pin down, utterly transformative. His main theme within the frame of such a big question - ‘What is Enlightenment?’ - is the struggle to live our lives in the present moment, especially in the face of pain. We are met with a thoughtful series of reflections, stories and images that all look to open up the gates of perception, and...

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Dharmabyte: A Current That Carries Us

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 30 Nov, 2020 - 06:00

Spiritual practice can be thought of in terms of developing positive qualities within ourselves. But in a very real sense it also consists in creating sufficiently beautiful conditions within our minds so that something from outside us may be invited in.

From the talk entitled Inviting the Enlightened Mind given by Vadanya during the third Great Gathering of 2017 at Padmaloka Retreat Centre.

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Dharmabyte: The Art of Engagement and the Art of Letting Go

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 22 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

Sanghadevi shares a story on the development of enlightenment through tales of pilgrimage from the Avatamsaka Sutra, known as the Flower Ornament Scripture. This story illustrates the art of engagement and the art of letting go, combining activity with receptivity, which supports the arising of the unbounded energy of the creative mind.

From the talk entitled Spiritual Receptivity and Spiritual Community given with a series of talks organised by the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2014, called ...

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FBA Podcast: Letting Go and Insight

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 May, 2020 - 14:00

Nagabodhi offers his reflections on the Buddha’s enlightenment. What is it are we actually trying to achieve? How intensely are we cultivating and experiencing metta, friendship, kindness, compassion, patience and love?

This talk is part of the series The Bridge, the Path and the Goal  given at Adhisthana, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: The Wheel of Life as a mirror

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 13 Apr, 2020 - 14:00

Sangharakshita describes in all its wealth of detail, the Wheel of Life. It’s really a painting but a mirror, giving one successively more profound insights into oneself, and revealing the next step in escaping the endless round.

From the talk entitled The Symbolism of the Tibetan Wheel of Life, part of the series Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment, 1972.

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FBA Podcast: The Wheel, The Spiral and The Goal

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 11 Apr, 2020 - 14:00

Vadanya launches a series of talks on three great Buddhist symbols that describe the way things are: the wheel of life, the spiral path, and the ultimate goal of Enlightenment. Together they form a guide to escape from the ultimate vicious circle into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.

Here, Vadanya explores on the wheel by describing the symbolism of each of the four concentric rings which make up this rich representation of samsara, the never-ending repetition of habitual...

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