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FBA Podcast: The Higher Context

By Zac on Sat, 24 Dec, 2022 - 06:00

We practice the Dharma so that we can transcend our self-clinging, thereby resolving our own suffering and contributing to the resolution of suffering in the world. This is the fundamental purpose of the Triratna Community.

Subhuti returns to Padmaloka after many years to delve into the fundamental principles behind Integration, Positive Emotion, Spiritual Receptivity, Spiritual Death, and Spiritual Rebirth, finding in each new and deeper significance. He invites his hearers to apply them deeply in their own lives. 

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Dharmabyte: We Are Beautifully Flawed

By Zac on Thu, 15 Dec, 2022 - 06:00

Life is a delightful, complex, messy business. How do you respond to the existential human predicament? Do you wonder how best to balance your spiritual longings while honouring our ordinary human life? Here, Manjunaga offers reflections on the tendency to skip over the messy bits of ourselves (aka spiritual bypassing) as occupational hazard in the spiritual life.

Excerpted from the talk The Universe Is Expanding: Soulful Reflections On the Human Predicament given at...

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Dharmabyte: Turning Towards

By Zac on Mon, 15 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Sangha as a Spiritual Practice 

Saravantu talks about one of Triratna’s emphases - a unified Order - by looking inwards. If we turn away from elements of our own character, we will find ourselves turning away from others. A unified Order needs us to be able to turn towards all aspects of ourselves. From the talk An Inclusive Order -Turning Away, Turning Towards, Meeting the Shadows In Ourselves and Others, a practical talk that includes helpful exercises...

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Dharmabyte: Compulsively Trying to Fix Samsara

By Zac on Mon, 28 Feb, 2022 - 06:00

In this talk, Viryadevi describes how the development and sustenance of Virya, relies on a commitment to increasing integration and purity. A commitment that we strengthen through time. 


From the talk Vajrapani’s Gateway to Freedom given at Glasgow Buddhist Centre, 2020

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Dharmabyte: Shifting States of Being

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 18 Oct, 2021 - 06:00

Here we have Nagesvara discussing samadhi as collectedness, integration of our energies, wholeness, openness, rather than concentration as primary.  

From the talk entitled What Is Samadhi part of the online series Body of Bliss: Ways into Samādhi, 2021 Buddhafield.

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Dharmabyte: Introducing the Five Buddha Mandala

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

The Tantras (special scriptures of Vajrayana Buddhism) frequently refer to mandalas, circles of symbolic forms. Sangharakshita describes the mandala of the five Buddhas, its use as a symbol of psychological and spiritual integration, and the meaning of its sexual symbolism.

From the talk entitled The Mandala: Tantric Symbol of Integration, part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology given in 1967.

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Dharmabyte: The Shape of Mind

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

As soon as we bring awareness to our mind states they change. Vidyamala speaks to the importance of allowing for growth and integration in our practice. She speaks of the twin pillars of awareness and love and how mindfulness can lead to a deeper and deeper sense of connection with all of life and how kindness is a natural expression of that.

From the talk entitled Citta - Fragments On Love, part of the series An...

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Dharmabyte: A State of Being Beyond Imagination

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 8 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

Subhadramati explores integration as a process of meeting Mara in her life and in scenes in the life of the Buddha, and the fulfillment of integration during the Buddha’s last days of exquisite love.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Lion’s Roar: Why Integration = Love given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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Dharmabyte: Restoration to Wholeness

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 15 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

When the whole of oneself is present, something new comes into play - we become more than the sum of our parts. Here we have Ratnaguna describing the stages of integration and positive emotion in the Triratna system of practice.

From the talk entitled The Underlying Pattern of the Spiritual Life given at Manchester Buddhist Centre on 14th April 2012.

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Dharmabyte: The Mandala Unifies Disintegration

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 12 Mar, 2020 - 13:00

We can find mandalas everywhere – in the East, in the West, in art, literature, even in dreams. Mandalas represent a resolution, or the beginnings of a resolution, of a conflict between the conscious and the unconscious.

Sangharakshita explores the symbolism of the mandala, circles of symbolic forms, found in the The Tantras (special scriptures of Vajrayana Buddhism) as a symbol of psychological and spiritual integration.

Excerpted from the talk entilted The Mandala – Tantric Symbol of Integration as part...

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