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Dharmabyte: Kindly Dialogue

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 23 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

Vishvapani gave a series of talks in 2011 to promote his book Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One (Quercus, 2011).

Here we have a glimpse into the Buddha’s ability to dialogue with kindness and curiosity as he radiated a force field of loving kindness in a society full of debate and discourse. Rather than getting involved in a tit-for-tat argument, the Buddha tried to understand how others think and what is of value to them. 

From the talk entitled...

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FBA Podcast: The Buddha; Just a Kind Old Man...

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 18 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

How do we relate to the Buddha? Sangharakshita has emphasised the importance of connecting with him as a historical figure. Through personal example and stories Dharmashalin asks the question, do we even see the Buddha as a kind old man? Maybe that would be a good start…

Talk given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre (UK), 2014.

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Dharmabyte: Infinite Spaces + Boundless Awareness

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

It is possible to move our sense of who we are, our stories are changeable. Vidyamala invites us into the world of myth, symbol and poetry to challenge our fixed sense of self.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a fluid sense of oneself? Responding to whatever arises with kindness, with love, with compassion, with infinite creative potential.

She finishes emphasising kindness with a wonderful quote from Patrul Rimpoche: “Have a good heart and act with kindness. There is no higher teaching.”

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FBA Podcast: Radical Kindness In a Violent World

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 4 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

“The creative mind loves when there is no reason to love.” Sangharakshita

Viryajyoti gives the second talk in a series on Compassion for a Modern Word on a theme close to her heart. The Bodhisattva aim is to free all beings from suffering – what about here and now in the 21st century? What is radical kindness? What would it be like to be radically kind?

The Buddha represents the spiritual ideal of Buddhism and through his life and teaching he exemplified...

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FBA Podcast: Letting Go and Insight

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 May, 2020 - 14:00

Nagabodhi offers his reflections on the Buddha’s enlightenment. What is it are we actually trying to achieve? How intensely are we cultivating and experiencing metta, friendship, kindness, compassion, patience and love?

This talk is part of the series The Bridge, the Path and the Goal  given at Adhisthana, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Making the darkness conscious: three ways of engaging

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 - 14:00

Suryadarshini takes us into the forest to meet our shadows, drawing on traditional Buddhist sources and popular cultural references. Her personal approach to the Dharma accesses its universal aspects, and she navigates the darker parts of our experience with curiosity and kindness.

From the talk Shadows in the Forest given at Norwich Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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FBA Podcast: A Field of Kindness

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 12 Jan, 2019 - 11:00

Our FBA Podcast, this week is called A Field of Kindness by Sona.

A talk on kindness, the quality of caring and the Bodhisattva Ideal, given at the Stockholm Buddhist Center, on 5 September 2005.

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Dharmabyte: Kindness - A Poem & A Story

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Jul, 2018 - 11:30

This Dharmabyte podcast is the reading of the poem ‘Kindness’, by Naomi Shihab Nye (1952) followed by the back story to the poem.

‘Kindness: A Poem & A Story’, by Ratnaguna, is a commentary on two poems: ‘Singapore’ by Mary Oliver and ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye. In this excerpt we hear of the latter poem.

The full talk, The Tender Gravity of Kindness, was by Ratnaguna on Sangha Night at...

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Dharmabyte: A Darkness was Ripped From My Eyes

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 2 Apr, 2018 - 11:51

We’ve titled this FBA Dharmabyte podcast “A Darkness Was Ripped From My Eyes”, a line from the poem, Singapore, by Mary Oliver, recited with commentary offered by Ratnaguna. As our eyes open to the lives of others, we try to run away from what we do not like. We think there is nothing we can do, or is there?

From the talk, The Tender Gravity of Kindness, by Ratnaguna, a commentary on two...