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FBA Podcast: Moving Through Fear Into Love

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 6 Feb, 2021 - 06:50

In this talk, Satyakirti explores a set of ways through which we can work with fear in our practice, particularly through love and friendship. Using the Angulimala Sutta as an example, he explains how even the greatest fears can be overcome, and how a Buddha is entirely free from fear.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in December 2019 as part of the Sub35s ‘Fearless Love’ retreat.

This talk is part of the series ...

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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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Sangharakshita: A life of friendship

By Dayanatha on Fri, 27 Nov, 2020 - 12:22

Sangharakshita: A life of friendship

By Dayanatha on Fri, 27 Nov, 2020 - 12:22

At the London Buddhist Centre and in the Triratna Buddhist Community as a whole we place great emphasis on the value of friendship. In fact, it’s the glue that holds together everything that we do.

Join this evening’s celebration of friendship with one’s teacher. On this rare occasion we’ll be meeting some of the close friends of Bhante Sangharakshita to hear about their friendship with him and how this formed the basis of the culture that we can join today. With...

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Dharmabyte: Taking Delight in Friends

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 12 Nov, 2020 - 06:00

The Buddha and Ananda once tended a sick monk, neglected by his companions because of his ‘uselessness’. Sangharakshita shows that people cannot be treated as ‘things’ in the spiritual community.

Excerpted from the talk entitled A case of Dysentry as part of the series Incidents from the Pali Canon, 1982.

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Getting Real With Viveka and Paramananda - Watch the whole series

By kusaladevi on Thu, 13 Aug, 2020 - 15:24

Getting Real With Viveka and Paramananda - Watch the whole series

By kusaladevi on Thu, 13 Aug, 2020 - 15:24

A reminder that you can revisit the series of conversations - “Getting Real” (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) with Viveka and Paramananda. Each episode features a different poem and is an honest, heartfelt and spontaneous communication and connection between two friends, exploring Dharma practice in our daily lives, as well as a short meditation at the end of each session.

In the first episode, Viveka is here exploring different ways we can listen deeply to one another and to...

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Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 30 Jun, 2020 - 10:50

Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 30 Jun, 2020 - 10:50

Join Viveka and Paramananda for the final of their four live conversations, on Saturday 4th July

USA 9am PST | México 11am | USA 12pm EST | UK & IE 5pm | Europe 6pm CET

These conversations take place in Zoom and are approximately 60 minutes long. You can see their most recent conversation here on Facebook.

Visit our Events space to reserve a place and make a donation.

Viveka is the former Chair of the San Francisco Buddhist Center, a dynamic and popular meditation teacher and retreat leader, with profound experience...

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Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By kusaladevi on Fri, 19 Jun, 2020 - 17:19

Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By kusaladevi on Fri, 19 Jun, 2020 - 17:19

Join Viveka and Paramananda for the second of their four live conversations, on Monday June 22nd

USA 9am PST | México 11am | USA 12pm EST | UK & IE 5pm | Europe 6pm CET

These conversations take place in Zoom and are approximately 60 minutes long. You can see their first conversation here on Facebook.

Visit our Events space to reserve a place and make a donation.

Viveka is the former Chair...

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Dharmabyte: Good Friends Reflect Us Back

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 30 Mar, 2020 - 14:00

Maitreyi shares the story of Meghiya to illustrate the importance of having strong friendships on the spiritual path.

From the talk entitled Sanghakaya and the Heart’s Release given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, December 2015.

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FBA Podcast: Good Friends

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 13:00

Kalyana Mitrata is spiritual friendship, even ‘the lovely intimacy’, the need for close and supportive connections with others in treading the path. Ratnaprabha  explores why the Buddha said spiritual friendship is ‘the whole of the Buddhist Life’. Is it as important now as it was in the Buddha’s time? Is a Kalyana Mitra the same thing as a guru or teacher? How can we make the intimate connections in our lives really stimulating and nourishing? How do we...

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Dharmabyte: Keeping Good Company

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 26 Mar, 2020 - 13:00

Here Padmasuri shares stories of friendship between the early Buddhist nuns and the Buddha. Featuring glimpses into the lives of Mahapajapati, Patajara, Dhammadinna, Kisagotami, Mitta, Queen Mallika. Many of these women would have gone forth for friendship, a sort of cradle of friendship, in which the truth teachings would be held and practiced. Just so then, so now.

Exerpted from the talk The Buddha Was a Friend As We Can Be a Friend, the fourth and final in a...

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