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Ironic Points of Light (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 25)

By Centre Team on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 00:21

Shimmering images, and no less shimmering experiences. Today’s episode begins a series on beauty, poetry, myth, art and symbol as a response to crisis.

Taking our cue from W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1st, 1939, and his recognition of the need to “love one another or die”, we ask how, in the midst of fear – even of death – we can exercise our agency as human beings.

Poetry leads the way in and out of the questioning. Joining Auden in the...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Indra's Net

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Dec, 2019 - 14:00

Indra, the King of the Gods in Hindu Mythology, possesses a number of treasures, one of which is a net made entirely of jewels. According to the Buddha in the Gandavyuha Sutra, “All the Jewels shine in each, and each of them shine in all.”

The universe is just like this. As such, one cannot fully understand any one part of the Dharma unless one understands the whole.

Excerpted from the talk “The Universal Perspective of Mahayana Buddhism” by Sangharakshita, 1971,...

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Dharmabyte: Indra's Net and Social Action

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 5 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

The development of the individual is fundamental in transforming the world but at the same time it is important to recognize that external conditions can help or hinder us in our development. Vimalavajri talks of her personal involvement in the spheres of politics, feminism and Buddhism. 

Using Indra’s net as a classic Buddhist image of interconnectedness, the talk explores what the dharma might have to say about social or political action, and asks what helps when we feel overwhelmed or...

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Buddhist Centre Features

Maitripala - Buddhas In My Pocket

By Candradasa on Fri, 15 Dec, 2017 - 21:46

A gem of a conversation with Maitripala, from Melbourne (via Emerald City) in Australia, describing her beautiful practice of Metta Walks across the continent and the Buddhas In My Pocket project that has grown up around it. Her evocation of a modern day pilgrimage, engaging with strangers and sharing moments of deep connection and mutual kindness, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. A shining example of living out the image of Indra’s Net, where every...

Buddhist Action
Buddhist Action

Only Connect

By jvalamalini on Sun, 9 Jul, 2017 - 22:59

One of our talks for BAM in Bristol. From communist to Buddhist…. Vimalavajri talks of her personal involvement in the spheres of politics, feminism and Buddhism.  Using Indra’s net as a classic Buddhist image of interconnectedness, the talk explores what the dharma might have to say about social or political action, and asks what helps when we feel overwhelmed or stuck in ill-will.  If we really see Indra’s net, we will connect more deeply with life at all levels and...