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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 Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Cracks in the Ice

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 26 Dec, 2019 - 14:00

This is a gem of a talk, with a wintery theme.

Parami starts by singing ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ by Christina Rossetti. She then goes on to bring out the underlying meaning of some of the imagery in the poem.

The first metaphors are about bleakness, with the earth as hard as iron and water like a stone, times when we struggle and it seems as if no growth is possible. She talks about her early experience of doing the metta bhavana and...

Tiratanaloka
Tiratanaloka

New Retreat at Tiratanaloka: The Nature of Existence

By vajratara on Fri, 20 Dec, 2019 - 19:06

New Retreat at Tiratanaloka: The Nature of Existence

By vajratara on Fri, 20 Dec, 2019 - 19:06

Due to popular demand, we have added an extra retreat to our programme in 2020.  Our theme will be ‘The Nature of Existence’: the marks of conditioned existence, the doors of liberation and the topsy turvy views.  We will explore beauty, change, emptiness and ultimate happiness.  The material is taken from Chapter 11 of Sangharakshita’s book ‘The Three Jewels’, which we will study in groups as well as having significant portions of the retreat laid aside for meditation and reflection...

Tiratanaloka
Tiratanaloka

Surrendering to a Greater Beauty: The Fourth Laksana

By vajratara on Wed, 6 Nov, 2019 - 20:37

Starting with a story from the Rastrapalapariprccha-Sutra, Vajratara draws out the significance of Sangharakshita’s paper on the Fourth Laksana. This is the path of beauty, from contemplation of ugliness to the gateway of liberation called ‘the beautiful’. To be on the path of beauty, we don’t merely enjoy beauty, we have to surrender ourselves to that beauty.  Given on a weekend retreat at Tiratanaloka.

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Dharmabyte: Being More in Tune with the Middle Way

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 30 Sep, 2019 - 14:00

Here Samantabhadri expertly and imaginatively tackles the theme of Wisdom, using the verses in the third section of Tsongkhapa’s short text on the “Three Principle Aspects of the Path”. Dharma themes of the laksanas, suffering, niyamas, self - and no-self - are interwoven with more personal reflections, and with thought-provoking quotations - “…. emptiness, activity and compassion are not three things, but one thing looked at from three different points of view….”

This is the third of three talks all based on...

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Dharmabyte: Dukkha to Compassion

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 2 Mar, 2018 - 10:49

Dayajoti gives us this FBA Dharmabyte entitled ‘Dukkha to Compassion’. From the talk entitled, “Bodies of Earth - Beyond Me and Mine - Dukkha” given on a two-week women’s retreat at Eco-Dharma in May of 2012.

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Dharmabyte: Nothing is Standing Still

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 2 Mar, 2018 - 10:33

In this FBA Dharmabyte ‘Nothing Is Standing Still’ Sangharakshita describes the characteristic of anitta as the whole universe is one vast set of processes, all interrelated.

From the talk, “The Texture of Reality,” given in 1966, a lecture dealing with the three marks (lakshanas) of conditioned existence and their transcendence via the three liberations (vimokshas).

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Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Green Tārā and the Fourth Lakṣaṇa - a new piece of writing by Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 10 Jan, 2018 - 12:15

Green Tārā and the Fourth Lakṣaṇa - a new piece of writing by Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 10 Jan, 2018 - 12:15

Composed during the latter part of December and completed on New Year’s Day 2018, the starting point here is the four sādhanas (sādhana is a visualisation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva figure) Sangharakshita received from one of his teachers, Jamyang Khyentse Rimpoche: Mañjughoṣa, Avalokiteśvara, Vajrapāṇi, and Green Tārā, and their ‘correspondence’ (in the hermetic sense) with the lakṣaṇas, the samādhis, and the vimokṣas leading to a series of reflections on the Path of...

Online Meditators
Online Meditators

Online Meditations For January 2017 - Contemplating The Way Things Are

By Candradasa on Thu, 29 Dec, 2016 - 16:42

Online Meditations For January 2017 - Contemplating The Way Things Are

By Candradasa on Thu, 29 Dec, 2016 - 16:42

Updated, January 26th 2017: 

Hi everyone! We’re going to have to shift how we do our weekly meditations now that the new Google+ is harder to avoid. It’s not possible to make events with hangout links as we’re used to doing. 

For tomorrow’s meditation - Friday 27th at 11am EST/4pm UK - we’ll meet on Skype. Connect with user thebuddhistcentre.com then message us and we’ll add you to the call. We’ll work towards something more permanent as soon as possible!

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