Buddhist Centre Features
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Reverencing the Buddha At the Place of His Enlightenment by Purna

By Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 7 Feb, 2018 - 07:36

As his contribution to evoking the “lion’s roar” of the Buddha, Purna talks about myth and the importance of reverence in any spiritual life, regardless of temperament. We are given a faith-centered tour of the seven traditional spots around the Bodhi tree marking different aspects of the Buddha’s Enlightenment experience. And Purna enjoins us to “release faith” by following in the Buddha’s footsteps and dropping our rigid self view…

Recorded at Bodhgaya, India, 2018.

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Bodhichitta Mantra

By Candradasa on Fri, 30 Oct, 2015 - 19:14

Members of the Triratna Buddhist Order on their Pan-American Convention join with women training for ordination to chant the Bodhichitta mantra for the benefit of all beings. 

The ‘Bodhichitta’ is sometimes rendered as the ‘will to Enlightenment’ or the ‘heart-mind of Enlightenment’ - signifying the complete dedication of our efforts to cultivate wisdom and compassion, in line with the Buddha’s teachings, making no distinction between our own well-being and that of others. In that sense the development of Bodhichitta is...

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FBA Podcast: Buddha Day Talk

By Rijupatha on Sat, 9 May, 2015 - 11:00

FBA Podcast: Buddha Day Talk

By Rijupatha on Sat, 9 May, 2015 - 11:00

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This week’s FBA Podcast is a talk from Parami on “Buddha Day (2012)”. Celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment on the full moon day in May, Parami delivers an inspiring talk marking this occasion at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre.

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Dharmabyte: Reality's Unfolded, What's Next?

By Rijupatha on Thu, 7 May, 2015 - 18:14

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Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is brought to us by Vajratara, entitled “Reality’s Unfolded, What’s Next?.” Vajratara condenses nearly 50 years of the Buddha’s life, using stories from the Pali Canon to show how the Buddha built a spiritual community that lasts to this day. Transcending the conflict between the desire to withdraw and the desire to engage, the Buddha wanders northern India out of compassion,...

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Dharmabyte: Myth Evoking Inner Reality

By Rijupatha on Thu, 7 May, 2015 - 18:09

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Just how does one explain the taste of a mango? Vadanya gives us today’s FBA Dharmabyte entitled “Myth Evoking Inner Reality”Here, Vadanya illustrates just how rich myth and symbols are to elucidate the inner reality of the Buddha’s experience. From the talk entitled, “Brahmas Request”, given as part of a series of talks on Stories and Symbols at Sheffield Buddhist Centre...

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Dharmabyte: Seeing Beauty in Nature

By Rijupatha on Thu, 9 Apr, 2015 - 10:50

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In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Seeing Beauty in Nature”, Jnanavaca continues the seminar series exploring Eros and Beauty, drawing inspiration from Keats on the ascent of beauty. From the talk “Eros and Beauty – Jnanavaca On Fire” given at the London Buddhist Center, 9th March 2015.

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FBA Podcast: Eros and Beauty – Beauty As Refuge

By Rijupatha on Sun, 5 Apr, 2015 - 14:39

FBA Podcast: Eros and Beauty – Beauty As Refuge

By Rijupatha on Sun, 5 Apr, 2015 - 14:39

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In this week’s FBA Podcast“Eros and Beauty – Beauty As Refuge,” Subhadramati continues the series exploring the place of Eros and Beauty in the Buddhist life by drawing out the experience of poetry and connecting with strangers. 26th January 2015, London Buddhist Centre.

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Dharmabyte: Speaking About the Goal

By Rijupatha on Thu, 16 Oct, 2014 - 16:02
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In today’s FBA Dharmabyte we hear from Ratnaghosha from the Men’s Combined Convention in “Speaking About the Goal.” Words and descriptions cannot fully encapsulate transcendental experience. Inspired by verses from Milarepa’s final exhortation from “The Shepherd’s Search for Mind”, which provides a complete path, effortlessly combining devotion and meditation:

Without arrival, he reaches the place of...
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Dharmabyte: Overcoming Spiritual Individualism

By Rijupatha on Wed, 16 Jul, 2014 - 18:51
Wide open is the door of the deathless! Let those who are prepared to listen, put forth their faith! Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “Overcoming Spiritual Individualism,” is an excerpt from “The Buddha’s Victory”, by Sangharakshita.

Given on the full moon in May celebrating the anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and his victory over the demon Mara. Here, Sangharakshita describes how the Buddha, following his full and perfect Enlightenment, interacts...

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