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Dharmabyte: Life is a Search for Refuge

By Zac on Thu, 14 Apr, 2022 - 06:00

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. 

From the talk The Mystery of Spiritual Friendship, part of the series Of the Mysteries of Spiritual Friendship and the Three Tantric Refuges given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2022.


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Dharmabyte: Something Essential in Going Forth

By Zac on Thu, 7 Apr, 2022 - 06:00

Saddhaloka explores the key aspects of any practitioner’s commitment, Going Forth and Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels, evoking how Sangharakshita engaged with these formative acts as foundations of his own practice in India at the end of the Second World War.

Excerpted from the talk Going Forth And Going For Refuge given at the Triratna International Council meeting, 2019.


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Dharmabyte: Another Dimension of Experience

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Dec, 2021 - 06:00

Getting to a refuge is essential to liberation, and it needs to be something beyond our present understanding. Akashadevi describes the process of deepening our going for refuge as well as a common misunderstanding. 

From the talk Going For Refuge, part of the series Sangharakshita and his approach to Buddhism at West London Buddhist Centre, 2017.


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FBA Podcast: Going For Refuge - What Gets In the Way?

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 4 Dec, 2021 - 06:00

Maitrisara explores the vipallasas, the topsy turvy views as a way to explore how our delusions inhibit our efforts in spiritual practice. She begins with an overview of what Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels means and why frameworks to explore delusion (like the topsy turvy views) can help us. She illustrates the topsy turvy views with examples from her own life. 

This talk was given on a retreat for women mitras in the MidWest Region, 2019.


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Dharmabyte: Seeing Our Teachers as Ordinary Human Beings

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 2 Dec, 2021 - 06:00

Vidyadaka talks about his spiritual teachers as offering the Dharma in an ordinary, straightforward way. 

Spiritual friendship is not an added-on part of Going for Refuge, nor is it the Buddhist equivalent to having some mates - rather it is of the essence of the spiritual life and a vital means of communication, emotional development, and meaning - not to mention challenge and enjoyment. But how do we do it and what does it look like?

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FBA Podcast: The Loveliest Bodhisattvas

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 3 Oct, 2020 - 05:34

In this talk, Padmavajra explores the Altruistic dimension of Going for Refuge - The Bodhisattva Ideal - through Bhante’s poem ‘The Guardian Wall’.

He particularly explores the line in the poem: ‘The loveliest Bodhisattvas are the anonymous’ and what this means for somebody aspiring to practice the great ideal of the Bodhisattva.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the ‘Bodhisattva Ideal’ retreat in January 2020.

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By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 24 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

Previously unreleased, this important lecture introduces and explores further Sangharakshita’s distinctive and visionary ideas on the subject of Going For Refuge, drawing out the real meaning of this central act of the Buddhist life.

Note: Poor original recording.

From the talk entitled Levels of Going for Refuge given in 1978.

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Themes from the Dharma Life of Urgyen Sangharakshita (Triratna International Council 2019)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 19 Sep, 2019 - 15:07

A series of talks from the 2019 Triratna International Council, with the whole event set in the context of the Council considering deeply and studying the Dharma together. 

This year’s theme was major elements from the Dharma biography of Sangharakshita, Triratna’s founder, which are of wider relevance to anyone endeavouring to lead a Buddhist life. The four areas explored are:

1. Going Forth and Going for Refuge by Saddhaloka

2. Sangharakshita’s First Connection with His Teachers and Receiving Practices by Aryajaya


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FBA Podcast: The Bodhicitta - A supra-personal spiritual force

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This week’s FBA Podcast is a talk by Padmavajra entitled ‘The Bodhicitta - A supra-personal spiritual force’. This is the second in a series of five talks given on a Going for Refuge retreat at Padmaloka called Living From The Bodhicitta.

Padmavajra explores some aspects of Sangharakshita’s insights into the Bodhicitta, as well as how we might live a life devoted to living from the Bodhicitta.

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Dharmabyte: Peaceful Vajrapani

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 2 Mar, 2018 - 16:55

Our FBA Dharmabyte is by Sanghanistha, entitled ‘Peaceful Vajrapani’. From the imaginative yet practical talk entitled ‘Vajrapani’ given during the 2016 ‘Cosmic Going for Refuge Tree’ retreat at Padmaloka.

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