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Dharmabyte: Friendship is a Verb

By Zac on Thu, 1 Dec, 2022 - 06:00

Jayaraja describes how we develop a robust sense of self through friendship, through love, through repair, allowing us to fully let go.


From the talk The Fires and the Black River of Loss given at Buddhafield Festival, 2018.
 

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FBA Podcast: The Difference That Makes a Difference

By Zac on Sat, 12 Nov, 2022 - 06:00

Dhammamegha speaks about Sangha as Dharma practice and how spiritual community and friendship with the admirable are part of our heritage in Triratna.

Talk given on the Triratna International Gathering at Adhisthana, 2017.
 

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Dharmabyte: Being Deeply Seen

By Zac on Thu, 3 Nov, 2022 - 06:00

Vishangka explores the joys and challenges that arise in a spiritual community. Here he explores the story of Anguillamala and what we can learn from this sutta. 

From the talk Sangha In the Buddha’s Time given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Walking the Talk

By Zac on Mon, 31 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

The Buddha famously said that fellowship is the whole of the spiritual life. Is that really true?! Abhayanandi has been following this teaching notably by living in a residential Buddhist community and working in a team-based right-livlihood business. Hear her inspirational and hard-won reflections from the talk entitled Living Sangha given at London Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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FBA Podcast: Saluting the Sangha

By Zac on Sat, 29 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

Friendships hold the sangha together, genuine personal connections, that support spiritual practice. Weaving in contemporary poetry with teachings from the Buddhist tradition, Ratnaprabha explores the nature of harmonious community by taking us through the Sangha Section of the TiratanaVandana.

A talk for Sangha Day given at the West London Buddhist Centre, Nov 2011.

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FBA Podcast: Seeding Community

By Zac on Sat, 15 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

How can we equip ourselves to co-operate in collective action and play? How do we work with negative emotions and polarized views? Many of us long to be in deeper communication and relationships with others, but in order to do that we need to create the necessary conditions for community to arise. Drawing on the Buddha’s teaching, as well as political and social thinkers, Dhammamegha looks at the tender and necessary ground for sustained action towards the...

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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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