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Dharmabyte: Bound or Free?

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Nov, 2020 - 06:00

Most of our life strategies are to avoid pain. We can ask ourselves - Do I want to be bound by suffering, or free from suffering? Aryajaya describes the movement towards the Three Jewels as a development of faith and effective Going for Refuge.

From the talk entitled Commitment Is Key given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Unconditional Surrender

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 7 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

Saccanama explores the three myths of spiritual life and the crisis of the self - reason and will are no longer able to cope. In this excerpt we hear about Shinran’s life with readings on self-power and other-power. Dharmakara becomes Amida – the central myth of the Pure Land schools.

From the talk Faith, the Crisis of the Self and Self-Surrender recorded at the Swedish Summer Retreat at Dharmagiri, July 2019 as part of the...

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Dharmabyte: Don't Wait Another Second to Practice

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 24 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Surata talks about the nature of Viriya, diligence to practice, to apply oneself, to engage in a steady practice, even when one doesn’t quite feel like it. Calling on Shraddha (faith) we call on diligence that does not lose heart!

Excerpted from the third in a series of four talks on the Bodhisattva ideal entitled Plunging Into The Positive - Kshanti and Virya, given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, March 2011, for men training to join...

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Dharmabyte: An Intuition In Us

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 18 May, 2020 - 14:00

Vajradevi explores aspects of faith, including faith and receptivity, the relationship of confidence and doubt in our own practice. She goes on to look at how faith and wisdom relate, including right view and how ‘faith is wisdom, but not fully realised.’

From the talk Recap On Sati (mindfulness) & Exploring the Faculty of Faith as part of the series Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat.

Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Faith: Not Just Sentiment

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 14:00

Saccanama offers this glimpse into the meaning of faith from the Buddhist perspective through personal examples from his life and practice.

From the talk entitled Faith: the Key to the Mystery of Life given at Sangha Night at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre.

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FBA Podcast: Faith, Insight and Transcending the Self

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 18 Jan, 2020 - 14:00

Saccanama offers this thought-provoking talk exploring insight into anatta. What happens when one loses control and renounces the self? 

Recorded at the Swedish Summer Retreat at Dharmagiri Retreat Centre, July 2019.

This talk is part of the series ‘To Place the Heart Upon’ - Exploring Faith in Buddhism.

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Dharmabyte: The Seeds of Love

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Mar, 2019 - 13:00

In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, Ratnaghosha offers some inspirational reflections entitled Seeds of Love from the talk entitled Choosing the Best.  

This talk explores the basic choice we have in life and goes into how we can cultivate positive emotion. The topics of motivation, faith and karma are also discussed.

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FBA Podcast: Faith and Wisdom

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 9 Feb, 2019 - 14:00

This week’s FBA Podcast by Danadasa is entitled Faith and Wisdom. In this Buddhist path of transformation, how we relate to practice has a profound effect upon that which unfolds. How do we relate to the idea of path and goal? How do we relate to effort? How do we relate to not knowing? During this 4-week Sangha Night series, Danadasa will explore what is meant by a wise relationship to practice through the perspective...

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Dharmabyte: Faith as Metta

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, is called Faith as Metta by Saddhaloka from the talk entitled Amitabha. This is the fourth talk in a six-part series on the figures on the Wheel of Life. Saddhaloka introduces us to Amitabha, the red Buddha of the West who represents and inspires the highest love of all. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, winter retreat, 1997

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Dharmabyte: A Prayer to the Moon

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 14 May, 2018 - 12:51

In this Dharmabyte podcast, ‘A Prayer to the Moon’, Paramananda shares a David White poem about the moon as a means of expressing consciousness that is inspired by longing for something greater than us.

From a talk called ‘The Moon’ given at the West London Buddhist Centre.

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