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FBA Podcast: Mindfulness and Insight

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 13 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

Drawing on his book on the Buddha, Vishvapani explores the connection between awareness of our immediate experience and seeing the true nature of existence.

Talk given at Cardiff Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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Dharmabyte: The Faculty of Responsiveness

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

Subhadramati delivers in this exposition on the aspect of ethics that springs out of empathy. As you reflect on others’ their suffering starts to become your suffering – it’s important to find that responsiveness and encourage it to flourish. From this, compassion bursts forth from the heart like a rose.

From the talk entitled Ethics As a Path to Insight given on August 30 2014 at the European Women’s Convention held at Adhisthana.

The...

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Dharmabyte: Wisdom is Seeing with the Eye of Appreciation

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 14:00

Nirvana is described as great bliss, that arises when grasping at self and other has vanished. A stream of uninterrupted creative activity, the Buddha is the supreme example of this. Here Padmavajra offers a deep dive into the Dhammapada, verses 277-279, on impermanence, dukkha and insubstantiality.

From the talk entitled Seeing with Insight - Dhammapada Verses 277 to 279 which is part of the series The Dhammapada - the Buddha’s Way of Truth given at ...

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Free day retreat with Karunagita

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 10:36

Free day retreat with Karunagita

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 10:36

Sunday 7 June, 10:00-17:00
4 ways to respond – from de-escalation to insight
In this practical, grounded NLBC day retreat, Karunagita will introduce four ways in which we can respond to any experience as it arises, from a Buddhist perspective, touching on ethics, goodwill, and setting up the conditions for Insight. The day will include guidance in just sitting/ formless meditation and an emphasis on direct body experience.

There will be around 4.5 hours on zoom plus suggested mindful...

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Free the Dharma eBook this week

By dhammamegha on Tue, 19 May, 2020 - 20:26

Free the Dharma eBook this week

By dhammamegha on Tue, 19 May, 2020 - 20:26

I’ve been thinking for a while about this week’s Free the Dharma eBook; There’s more to dying than death by Lama Shenpen Hookham. You can download it here until June 1. If you prefer, you can buy a printed copy here.

I can feel my resistance. Yet all around us is talk of daily deaths, sickness, and this quiet unseen virus that can pass between us. Some of us are worried about getting sick. Some of us are taking risks,...

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Dharmabyte: Entering Each Other’s Worlds

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 11 May, 2020 - 14:00

Another cracking talk from Vajratara exploring Metta as a path to insight.

What happens when Metta passes through the fires of sunyata? Insight isn’t a cold, detached featureless state. Insight has it’s own positive character – increasing awareness of others and spontaneous compassionate activity.

From the talk entitled Metta and the Path of Insight given on a Young Womens’ Weekend at Taraloka, 2013.

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Dharmabyte: Merit Does Not Equal Insight

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Sep, 2019 - 14:00

With his customary dry wit and sharp eye Abhaya leads us on the crazy paving path through the Diamond Sutra - a text guaranteed to turn your world upside-down. Some very funny parts to this talk - and some excellent evocations of rigorous Dharma practice as part of the everyday business of life.

In this excerpt we hear readings from the sutra about how merit is not enough for insight to arise. From the talk entitled The Diamond...

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Dharmabyte: The Four Limitless States

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 3 Jun, 2019 - 14:00

In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, Sangharakshita discusses The Four Limitless States.

In Buddhist practice, the traditional method of choice for effecting positive change in one’s life is meditation. Here Sangharakshita takes a closer look, focussing on the ‘superconscious states’ (characterised in turn by integration, inspiration, permeation, and radiation), the practice of developing universal friendliness, and the distinction between calm and Insight. Talk given in 1976.

From the talk, A Method of Personal Development, given as part of the...

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