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Buddhist Voices: Abhayadana - Giving the Gift of Fearlessness to Women in India

By Candradasa on Mon, 9 Sep, 2019 - 13:01

A great conversation with the quietly brilliant Abhayadana about her Buddhist work and practice in India. Her name means ‘Giver of Fearlessness’ - and this is something she has dedicated her life to, helping support and free women in her community from the stigma of social caste and the violence that often goes with it.

We hear about her personal approach via meditation and reflection on the Buddhist figure of Kshitigarbha (Jizo) who descends into hell realms to liberate suffering beings. And...

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Dharmabyte: Our Root Fear - Selflessness

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 27 May, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today brings us face to face, as it were, with Our Root Fear, that of selflessness.

From the talk Ethics as Insight Practice by Guhyavajra.

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Dharmabyte: Nothing to Fear

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 26 Nov, 2018 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is all about Nothing to Fear. Vajrasara explores the life and teachings of the Buddha as they’ve come down through the stories of the tradition. From the talk Tales of a Free Spirit - 45 Years of the Buddha’s Life, given in 2006.

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Dharmabyte: Fear and Vajrapani

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 1 Nov, 2018 - 14:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte offers a sensitive and thoughtful exploration of Fear and Vajrapani. This excerpt is from the talk entitled The Blazing Iron Club and the Winged Horse (Winter Retreat Dec 2010) by Vidyadaka.

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Dharmabyte: Tethered to Fiction

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Jul, 2018 - 12:24

This FBA Dharmabyte podcast is called ‘Tethered to Fiction’ by Arthabandhu.

Spiritual death does not only mean esoteric meditation practices, it means confronting the vagaries and difficulties of life with honesty and courage and seeing what we can learn from them. By opening up to new experiences life becomes more vivid and enjoyable - if we can just face the fear.

From the talk, ‘The Sea As Spiritual Death’, given at...

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Dharmabyte: The Sea As Spiritual Death

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 14 May, 2018 - 13:14

This Dharmabyte podcast, ‘The Sea As Spiritual Death’, is an excerpt from a talk of the same name by Arthabandhu who explores the image of the sea and the raft.  We hold onto our raft, but this brings suffering - can we let go, enter the sea and become spiritually reborn? This is the question Arthabandhu asks us.

Spiritual death does not only mean esoteric meditation practices, it means confronting the vagaries and difficulties of life with...

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Dharmabyte: The Gift of Fearlessness

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 16:10

Fear is the great modern disease. Helping to create the conditions of fearlessness is one of the greatest gifts we can give.

This FBA Dharmabyte podcast is entitled”The Gift of Fearlessness” by Sangharakshita from the talk Altruism and Individualism in the Spiritual Life given in 1969 as part of the series Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal.

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Dharmabyte: Fear, Terror and Heroic Virtues

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Feb, 2018 - 12:10

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte ”Fear, Terror, and Heroic Virtues” is an exploration of the cremation ground as a symbol of transformation. Are we ready to face our own death, and the total transformation it symbolises? From the talk “The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground and the Celestial Maidens” 

From the talk “The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground and the Celestial Maidens” by Sangharakshita given in 1971.

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Dharmabyte: Why We Fear Death

By Centre Team on Mon, 29 Feb, 2016 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte explores four reasons “Why We Fear Death” drawn by Kulaprabha from the Abhaya Sutta in the Pali Canon. It’s a lovely segment from a larger talk looking at the roots of fear, how it relates to change and transformation in spiritual practice, and how we can live more fearlessly.

From the talk “System of Meditation Retreats – Spiritual Death, Fear and Fearlessness”.

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"Death is Certain" [Dharmabytes Podcast #287]

By viriyalila on Thu, 17 Oct, 2013 - 14:07
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Death is Certain,” is an excerpt from the talk “The Transitoriness of Life and the Certainty of Death” by Vajradarshini. Here she talks about disassociating from our own death and how our death really is not that significant. In imagining this, knowing this, there is freedom. The third talk in a five-part series from Tiratanaloka’s retreat on the ‘Four Mind Turnings’ of the Tibetan tradition.

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