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The Sound of One Hand: An Interview with Satyadasa

By Centre Team on Wed, 21 Sep, 2022 - 17:12

The Sound of One Hand: An Interview with Satyadasa

By Centre Team on Wed, 21 Sep, 2022 - 17:12

Many of you will have heard our recent podcast The Sound of One Hand, where we chat to Satyadasa about his new memoir of the same name, published in February 2022.

Satyadasa’s book is a relatable and humorous account of a Buddhist life, and is already well regarded by many readers. In this video from a recent Sangha night at the The Nottingham Buddhist Centre in the UK, Zac Pomphrey, a member of our team here at...

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Dharmabyte: A Single Line of Poetry

By Zac on Thu, 25 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

The Mystery of Spiritual Friendship

In the opening talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the profundity of the Buddha’s statement that spiritual friendship is ‘the whole of the spiritual life’ or, in other words, the whole of the Going for Refuge. He emphasises the “guhya” (secret or hidden) nature of spiritual friendship and demonstrates how its emergence in the world was inseparable from the Buddha’s ineffable Nirvana. Excerpted from the talk The Mystery of Spiritual Friendship,...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Samasuri (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 24 Aug, 2022 - 15:48

It’s the wounded healer myth. I guess part of me wanting to be Doctor is my psyche trying to sort all that suffering out… Helping others like I’ve been helped or am being helped.

Samasuri’s Annals:

In 1968 I was not born yet!

In 1978 I was 4 years old, so probably at a play group and living in South Devon with my parents.

In 1988 I was 14 years old. Living with parents and younger brother in South Devon still. At private girls’ school in Exeter.

In 1998...

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Dharmabyte: Practicing Patience

By Zac on Mon, 22 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Trusting Love

Maitrisiddhi shows us the importance and value in holding the ideal of spiritual friendship alongside the reality of life in the Sangha. Our teacher Sangharakshita has said: “It is in friendship (maitri) that we may find the emotional equivalent of the intellectual understanding of the doctrine of ‘no self’”. The gift of these teachings can help us move beyond self-clinging into a deeper and far more mysterious connection with one another; a Greater Love.

Excerpted from the talk entitled ...

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FBA Podcast: The Reality of Spiritual Friendship

By Zac on Sat, 20 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Here and Now

Ratnaghosha explores the Buddha’s teaching of spiritual friendship being the whole of the spiritual life. The talk is wide ranging, going into what spiritual friendship is and also how Buddhism sees the nature of reality. This talk was given at Nottingham Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Going Beyond Ourselves

By Zac on Wed, 27 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Friendship in the Spiritual Life

Sudrishti celebrates sangha, community, spiritual friendship with this talk on Kalyana Mitrata. Enlightened beings exemplify unconditional, unlimited love – something we as unenlightened beings can emulate and draw inspiration from to transform our relationships, self and world.

Excerpted from the talk The Good Friend given on Buddha Day at Sydney Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Community Sangha is Vital

By Zac on Mon, 25 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Going Beyond Duality

How do we go beyond the duality of subject and object, self and other, to experience the true nature of reality? Jnanavaca shares how the practice of sangha is vital in making spiritual progress.

From the talk What Is Sangha & Kalyana Mitrata? Given at London Buddhist Centre as part of the series The Bi-Tendential Value of Being & The Greater Mandala, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Viewing Each Other with Kindly Eyes

By Zac on Wed, 20 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Culagosingha Sutta

Kalyanavaca shares the story of three monks living in harmony with each other, like milk and water blended together.

From the talk entitled Kalyana Mitra given at London Buddhist Centre, 2014.

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FBA Podcast: Beauty, Love and the Dharma Life

By Zac on Sat, 2 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

The Life of the Buddha

In this talk, Padmavajra explores the themes of beauty and love in the story of the life of the Buddha. He looks at the importance of nature, the arts, ethics, meditation and friendship in the journey to becoming one with Beauty.

This talk was given at the Mid-Essex Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Aryavacin and Manjugita: Poetry and The Dharma Life (Full Conversation in Spanish)

By Zac on Sun, 26 Jun, 2022 - 11:51

Al igual que muchas de las historias que escuchamos en el proyecto Cincuenta Años, Cincuenta Voces, la amistad ha marcado la vida de los miembros de la Orden en toda nuestra comunidad internacional. En este episodio escuchamos a dos buenos amigos que comparten sus caminos y su historia de práctica del Dharma, con un toque poético. Desde Mérida, en el corazón de los Andes venezolanos, hasta el Centro Budista de la Ciudad de México, Aryavacin y Manjugita están animados por...

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