This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘Describing Nirvana’ by Sangharakshita. Attitudes connected with goal-seeking are at the root of misunderstandings about the nature of Nirvana, which many consider to be Buddhism’s ‘goal’. Sangharakshita challenges us to investigate our real motives for wanting to know what Nirvana is.
In this FBA Dharmabyte, ‘Enlightenment as a Real Possibility’, Ratnaguna describes the process of transformation in the context of the Five Aspects of the Spiritual Path - integration, positive emotion, spiritual receptivity, spiritual death, and spiritual rebirth.
This FBA Podcast is called ‘The Buddha Beyond Siddhartha’ by Dassini. The first half of the talk looks at the Buddha’s early life and his battle with and the defeat of Mara. Then Dassini looks at the traditional Buddhist concept of time, and the division of time into Kalpas, inconceivably lengthy periods of time.
The talk concludes by looking at the Dharma niyama, the order of conditionality through which the attainment of Enlightenment is possible.
This is the first of four talks exploring Vasubandhu’s Four Factors. In his treatise Generating Bodhi Resolve, Vasubandhu describes them as able to generate the resolve to cultivate and accumulate the bases for the Arising of the Bodhicitta. You can find out more about them in Sangharakshita’s books The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism...
In this Dharmabyte podcast entitled, “Breaking Through with Awareness”, we are reminded that awareness is the great dissolver of negative emotions. At times in the spiritual life we may need considerable energy to overcome obstacles, such as negative emotions, psychological conditionings, rational thinking, and even the sense of ‘time’ itself. How, when, and where can we break through?
Our new series: Sundays in March and April, 9.30am-12pm Passing from one season to the next, we are reminded of the constancy of change. The freshening and new growth of springtime connects us with the positive, potentially joyous, aspects of this reality. From now through April, as we witness the reawakening of the natural world around us, we will explore seven qualities of an awakened mind:
Where do we already experience them in our lives and how can we cultivate them...
In this rousing talk Maitreyabandhu goes into where Buddhism begins: with ourselves as we are and with the awake Buddha. But we don’t really know either ourselves or the Buddha. He emphasises that we don’t know because we so easily assume we know, or fix or lessen the goal. So what do we do? There are three approaches we need to balance and four things we have to do, to close the gap between the awake Buddha and us who...
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…
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...