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FBA Podcast: Buddha with a Thousand Faces

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 6 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

Imagine being with the Buddha, imagine the emotional effect of being that close to the Buddha. Bodhinaga draws out stories from the life of the Buddha that point to the importance of imagination as we engage with our aspiration for Enlightenment.

This talk is part of the series entitled Faces of Enlightenment given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Imaginal Faculty

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 9 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

The Imaginal Faculty….what is it and why does it matter in our spiritual lives? Taravandana offers a personal perspective on her journey and experience of it in her practice. She offers guidance and pointers on how to open up further to the Imaginal Faculty in our own practice.

A talk given as part of a day for women training for ordination, Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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FBA Podcast: Sharpening the Image

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 2 Jan, 2021 - 06:27

Here, Ratnaprabha discusses the value of using images and the imagination to become more emotionally involved in practice. Is an image of a Buddha or Bodhisattva used in meditation real or not?

Talk given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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Dharmabyte: The Buddha is Eternal

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 17 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

In this talk on the Buddha’s parinirvana, Vadanya explores how we can use our imagination to have a real living connection with the Buddha, and how we can make our own future potential for enlightenment a source of strength and guidance in our present lives.

From the talk Is the Buddha Dead - For Us given at a Men’s Event, Padmaloka Retreat Centre, October 2011, as part of the series entitled Parinirvana Day.

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Dharmabyte: Imagination as Key

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 28 Oct, 2019 - 13:00

Dhammadinna speaks about Sangharakshita and his emphasis on imagination as a key to the spiritual life.

From the talk entitled Bhante - Poetry, Myth and Imagination given on the Rainy Season Retreat at Manchester Buddhist Centre, February 2014.

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FBA Podcast: From Literal to Liberated Mind

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 14:00

In this talk, Sarvananda looks at how our engagement with the arts can help us move from literal mindedness to an imaginative engagement with Buddhist myth and symbol.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the 2019 East Anglian Men’s Retreat.

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FBA Podcast: Luminous Love

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 25 May, 2019 - 14:00

Enjoy our FBA Podcast this week: Luminous Love by Samantabhadri.

Speaking in a marquee on the June 2012 Women’s National Order Weekend at Taraloka and in a landscape dedicated to the Five Jinas, Samantabhadri explores positive emotion in our system of practice. Her themes are: pliancy and loosening boundaries; the imagination; insight; our collective life; the shade and the light of our spiritual lives.

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Dharmabyte: Trusting the Process

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 18 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is by Varasahaya called Trusting the Process.

Drawing on her experience as a poet, Varasahaya discusses creativity, imagination, and the writing process as a spiritual practice. She reads some of her poems, and explains the process by which they came to birth, and what she learnt about letting go of self as she grappled with writing.

An excellent and very accessible talk given to Sangha night at the West London Buddhist Centre. Taken...

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Dharmabyte: A Creative Response

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 15 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is by the lovely Satyalila called A Creative Response.

Taken from the full talk, Imagination, the Buddha & Us offering a practical and personal perspective on why Sangharakshita has taught that imagination is a vital ingredient in the spiritual life. Full of examples and poetry, the talk invites listeners to recognise - and harness - the great power of the imagination which is in all of us, whether...

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