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FBA Podcast: Lightning Flashes From the Realm of Pure Beauty

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 19 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

In this talk Padmavajra contemplates Beauty in different areas of Dharma life, including the beauty of people, of ethics, of friendship, community and ‘institutions’, and of wisdom. He also looks at the relationship between metta, formless beauty and the yidam, as well as knowing what beauty really is and ‘the pregnant man’.

This talk was given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the Spring Short Order retreat in March 2019.

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Dharmabyte: The Three Robes of Padmasambhava

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 26 Oct, 2020 - 05:09

Subhadramati, with characteristic inspiration, shares a memory of Sangharakshita’s last public appearance before his death, and unfolds the significance this image for us as his disciples. She brings this into relationship with our practice of ethics, articulated through the three robes of Padmasambhava.

From the talk The Archetypal Guru and the Ten Precepts given in the context of the 2020 retreat for women private preceptors at Adhisthana, 2020.

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Dharmabyte: Ethics in their Ultimate Sense

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 22 Oct, 2020 - 06:05

Seeing all beings with the potential for Buddhahood, we are moved to encourage and support that natural momentum towards growth and development. Every act of generosity, loving kindness, no matter how small, is acting in harmony with Reality and the growth of all beings. Vajratara gives us an inspiring glimpse into ethics in their ultimate sense which take their expression in the Bodhicitta.

From a talk entitled The Lady of Tibet Yeshe Tsogyal given by Vajratara at Sangha...

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FBA Podcast: Not About Being Good - Beyond Guilt

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 17 Oct, 2020 - 05:10

Buddhist ethics are not about conforming to a set of conventions, not about ‘being good’ in order to gain rewards. Instead, living ethically springs from the awareness that other people are no different from yourself. You can actively develop this awareness, through cultivating love, clarity and contentment, which can ultimately help us to come into greater harmony with all that lives.

Arthapriya, a Public Preceptor who lives in Cambridge, takes a personal and Dharmic look at what...

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Dharmabyte: The Faculty of Responsiveness

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

Subhadramati delivers in this exposition on the aspect of ethics that springs out of empathy. As you reflect on others’ their suffering starts to become your suffering – it’s important to find that responsiveness and encourage it to flourish. From this, compassion bursts forth from the heart like a rose.

From the talk entitled Ethics As a Path to Insight given on August 30 2014 at the European Women’s Convention held at Adhisthana.

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FBA Podcast: The Tumble Dryer of Karma

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 23 May, 2020 - 14:00

In this talk, Moksatara  explores what karma really means and how we can work with this law of the universe to leave behind the ‘snakes and ladders’ game of repetitive ups and downs, moving instead on a liberating path of growth. By understanding the importance of conditionality and ethics, we can take charge of our lives and move in the direction we want to go.

Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, January 2020.

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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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FBA Podcast: Changing Power to Love

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

Drawing on Bhante’s paper on the Ten Pillars from 1984, the Dhammapada and the Mind Turning teachings, Dhammadinna talks about the paradigm shift we make in our ethical practice from power mode to love mode, and the renunciation of power and blame through which we enter into experience of forgiveness and ksanti.

This talk is part of the series The Order as Practice: Shifting Paradigms.

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Dharmabyte: The Training of Confession

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 11 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

Confession in the Buddhist tradition is a very positive practise. It’s about opening oneself up to big mind, opening oneself up to wise conduct. 

Dassini looks at the individual nature of practising ethics, the need for metta in response to guilt, how to make a confession effective. From the talk entitled Confession given at Glasgow Buddhist Centre April, 2018.

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FBA Podcast: Climate Precepts In The Burning House

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 3 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

How can Buddhists respond to the climate emergency? Vishvapani uses the Parable of the Burning House from the Lotus Sutra to suggest our responsibilities’ and finds the values we need to guide us in the Five Precepts.

Given at Cardiff Buddhist Centre on Dharma Day, July 2019.

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