Tag: Five Buddha Mandala

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Dharmabyte: Vajrasattva as Blue Sky

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 29 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

With a magician-like quality, Jnanavaca introduces us to the pure white Vajrasattva with a talk ranging from Carl Sagan to childhood magic sets, rainbow men in the sky to the moment of death; Jnanavaca offers a vision of reality that transcends time and space.

From the talk Vajrasattva, Time, Space & Rainbows, part of the series The Symbolic World of the Five Buddha Mandala given at London Buddhist Centre’s Winter Retreat 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Gap and the Buddha Mandala

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 24 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Bhadra offers this insightful and thorough exploration of the Five Buddha Mandala through the lens of the gap between feeling and craving. Here we are able to transform the mental poisons (illustrated by the six realms) into the Wisdom of the each of the Five Buddhas.

Talk given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2017, the last in a series on the Wheel of Life.

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Dharmabyte: Diving to the Depths

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 19 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Satyalila gives us a clear and practical guide to how our spiritual journey can consist in transforming the ‘poisons’ (greed, hatred, delusion, pride and envy) with (and ultimately into) the five spiritual faculties (faith, wisdom, mindfulness, samadhi and energy-in-pursuit-of-the-good). It concludes with a look at how the five Buddha mandala offers an imaginative representation of the faculties as qualities of the Buddha’s Enlightened mind.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Let Your Poison Be Your Cure given at the ...

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FBA Podcast: Sitting At the Centre of the Mandala

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 10 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Once again at the Centre of the Mandala, we meet Vairocana. How do we balance the teachings of effort and openness? One way is through the image of the Sun and relaxed being, the practice of the Dharma is simply to come back. Yet, of course, this requires effort.

Another question is the balance between practical and mythical approaches: Can we hold both at once? What do we give significance to? What do we make real ? Can we open to a world...

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Dharmabyte: The Sun that Dwells in Space

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 8 Apr, 2021 - 07:00

Suryagupta shares a personal and significant story of opening up into a moment of uncertainty, and in it, learning to love, learning to give, later connecting this experience to the Buddha Vairocana.

This is conclusion of the talk entitled Vairocana & the Sunlight of the Enlightened Mind, part of the series The Symbolic World of the Five Buddha Mandala at the London Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Lord of the Midnight Sun

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 3 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Vaddhaka can usually be relied on to give a pretty great talk - and this is no exception. Here we have a real treat - a terrific, energetic exploration of the green Buddha of the north: Amoghasiddhi (Dundubishvara), the Unobstructed One. This is kind of a multi-media affair - listen for the 13th Century Spanish processional music in honour of the Virgin, and a blast of Sibelius too! Marvellous.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, Winter Retreat, 2001.

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Dharmabyte: Angulimala and the Buddha

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 1 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

“Absolute fearlessness is synonymous with Enlightenment.” - Sangharakshita

Here Aryadhi introduces Amoghasiddhi, the green Buddha of the North, through the Buddha’s quality of fearlessness as illustrated by the story of Angulimala.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Amoghasiddhi - Journey Into Fearlessness given at Norwich Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Encountering the Depths

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 29 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

Evoking the mystery, power and courage of the deep-green Buddha Amoghasiddhi, Ksantikara extols us to be brave enough to encounter the depths of our being. And from the depths to gather the power to act, to move towards enlightenment and set ourselves free.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Amoghasiddhi & The Call of the Forest, part of the series The Symbolic World of the Five Buddha Mandala given at London Buddhist Centre’s 2019 Winter Retreat.

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FBA Podcast: Amitabha

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 27 Mar, 2021 - 05:00

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: The Light + Love of Amitabha

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Mar, 2021 - 05:00

Suryagupta calls to mind the the deep red Buddha of love and meditation, Amitabha. Traversing the myth and symbolism of the Buddhist tradition with tales from her own childhood and dream-life, Suryagupta offers up a talk that truly evokes the warm love of the Buddha of the Western realm.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Amitabha & The Infinite Light, part of the series The Symbolic World of the Five Buddha Mandala given at ...

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