Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Satyadaka & Sarvananda (Highlights)

By Zac on Thu, 27 Oct, 2022 - 11:26

“I think it’s about 18 years we’ve lived together, in one form or another.”
 

Satyadaka’s Annals:

In 1968 I was eight years old. I was into swimming, had just realised I didn’t like mathematics and loved the Narnia books by C.S.Lewis even more than the Alice books by Lewis Carroll.

In 1978 I was taking my A-Levels but was more interested in the life that seemed to be passing me by. I associated life with the Arts in general and with...

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Dharmabytes: Take Notice of Inconsistencies

By Zac on Wed, 13 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Magical Aspects of Emptiness

Kamalashila looks at our whole relationship to nature and the elements: how the artificiality in our lives can get in the way of seeing what things are actually like - and what we might do about that in practice! Kamalashila uses these reflections as a way into evoking a more natural, deeply encouraging perspective, one that allows us to open up to the reality the Buddha pointed to under the tree and let the Dharma transform...

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Dharmabyte: Softening Into Letting Go

By Zac on Mon, 11 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Coming Into Your True Nature

A tender and moving talk by Paramananda. Transformation is basically allowing the protective shell of self to dissipate. This shell only falls away if you come into relationship with your real, impermanent, fragile, vulnerable nature and soften into that or open up to that.

Excerpted from the talk The Nature of Transformation given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2014.

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Dharmabyte: Gestures of Metta

By Zac on Wed, 6 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Being Open to the Beautiful

Saddhanandi shares observations on retreat of expressions of metta, kindness, and celebrates the simple beauty of such gestures. From the introduction to meditation entitled Metta and Beauty, the ninth in a series from a 12 day meditation retreat on Metta as a Path to Insight, 2015.

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Dharmabyte: Reimagining the Significance of Breaking

By Zac on Mon, 4 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Allowing Sensitivity + Poignancy 

Maitridevi explores how things that are broken can be given a fresh perspective through their repair and how, through this process, a greater beauty can be revealed. Excerpted from the talk entitled Love and the Beauty of Broken Things given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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FBA Podcast: Confession as a Path to Transcendental Insight

By Zac on Sat, 26 Feb, 2022 - 06:00

Sanghadevi looks at the relationship between Buddhist confession and forgiveness and the ability to see into the nature of reality.

Talk given at the Triratna [Western] Buddhist Order Women’s Convention, 1999.

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Dharmabyte: Why the Buddha Taught Impermanence

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 11 Nov, 2021 - 06:00

All conditioned things are impermanent… Not just a truism, but the central teaching of Buddhism upon which so much else follows. Jnanaketu starts off a three-part series on the lakshanas, or ‘marks’ of conditioned existence, by tackling this most crucial of insights that is easy to say but a great challenge to live by.

Excerpted from the talk The Three Lakshanas: Anitya as part of the series The Three Lakshanas given at ...

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FBA Podcast: Self-Doubt

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

Dayajoti explores the hindrance of self-doubt, including seeing it as an expression of fundamental delusion, addressed by the clear seeing of reality. 

This talk is part of the series Body of Bliss: Ways into Samādhi, hosted online by Buddhafield, 2021.

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FBA Podcast: Insight, Meditation and Empathy

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 2 Oct, 2021 - 06:00

There is no insight without compassion, and no compassion without insight. Ratnaghosha elucidates the path of transformation as one of expanding more and more into embodying love in all its forms.

This talk was given at the Mid Essex Buddhist Centre, 2021.

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Dharmabyte: Experiencing Wisdom Through Faith

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

Saccanama explores shraddha, often translated as ‘faith’, as the emotional counterpoint of wisdom. It’s not a foundation for insight to arise, but rather it’s the equivalent of perceptual, cognitive insight experienced through reverence, worship and devotion.

From the talk entitled The Roots of Faith recorded at the Swedish Summer Retreat at Dharmagiri, July 2019. This talk is part of the series ‘To Place the Heart Upon’ - Exploring Faith in Buddhism.

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