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Dharmabyte: Diamond Thunderbolt Way

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 5 Mar, 2020 - 14:00

Candradasa takes a personal look at aspects of magic in the East and West, considering its place in Buddhist history and practice and also its meeting with Christianity at the time of the Renaissance. What emerges is a picture of how magic defined in various ways can be a powerful metaphor for the everyday work of Buddhist meditation and ethical practice - with the enchantment of love and wisdom fused the only one we need. The Buddha is the...

Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma
Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma

Ratnaguna - Transforming Self (Triratna International Gathering 2019)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 24 Aug, 2019 - 00:22

A wonderful first talk of the 2019 International Gathering, whose theme is ‘Alchemy of the Dharma’. The utterly delightful Ratnaguna takes us through the true miracle of transforming ourselves via the magic of a practice in which we also learn to let ourselves change. 

This is a beautiful, reflective, funny take on the challenges of the Dharma life. Ratnaguna’s breadth of reference is itself a joy: taking in Greek philosophy, Hans Christian Andersen, and writings on the nearness of death to life...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Quietly Revering the Unfathomable - Reflections On Guhyaloka

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 26 Jan, 2019 - 11:00

This week’s FBA Podcast by Dayasagara is entitled Quietly Revering the Unfathomable - Reflections On Guhyaloka. In the sparkling and wonderful talk, Dayasagara evokes the magic and mystery around his ordination, his time in ‘the secret valley’, and his new Dharma name.

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Community Highlights
Community Highlights

First Release From 50 Years, 50 Voices

By Candradasa on Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 23:27

50 Years, 50 Voices is our beautiful new online project to document 50 years of people’s commitment and practice within the Triratna Buddhist Order around the world.

This week we are delighted to release the first extracts from the recordings commissioned. And most fittingly these are by Ananda, one of the very first batch of Order members ordained in 1968. Here he is talking delightfully about his first meeting with Sangharakshita and his own quest for an exotic, magical way...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Magic Rites

By Rijupatha on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 11:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “Magic Rites”. From the talk, “The Symbolism of Colours and Mantric Sound”, where Sangharakshita explores the rich symbolic significance of colour and sound, highlighting their role as crucial agents of transformation. The lecture concludes with a brief introduction to the figure of Manjughosha, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom.

Talk given in 1971. This talk is part of the series “Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Candradasa in conversation on Pagan FM

By Candradasa on Sat, 12 Jan, 2013 - 18:11
Candradasa from the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Dharmachakra, home of thebuddhistcentre.com and Free Buddhist Audio, in conversation with Deirdre Hebert and Jasper Salach from Pagan FM radio. A wide-ranging discussion about Buddhism, old and new, and the spirit of different religious approaches to life and death. With a little sprinkle of magic every so often!

You can hear the whole show with music here.

Recorded on Portsmouth...
Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Religion Without God (full series now available)

By Candradasa on Thu, 15 Nov, 2012 - 20:38

Religion Without God (full series now available)

By Candradasa on Thu, 15 Nov, 2012 - 20:38
Download the complete series. If you’ve enjoyed the talks, please take a moment to support Free Buddhist Audio - an amazing resource that’s free to all users because of the generosity of listeners just like you! ...
Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Resources for Religion Without God, Week 4, Magic for the Modern World

By Candradasa on Mon, 12 Nov, 2012 - 14:06

Resources for Religion Without God, Week 4, Magic for the Modern World

By Candradasa on Mon, 12 Nov, 2012 - 14:06And here are the resources for the talk on Magic, concluding our series:

Mucalinda Sutta
Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s translation
John D. Ireland’s translation

Audio
Padmavajra’s ‘Alchemy of Love’ series (Mahayana section of talk)
Sangharakshita on magic rites in India and their evolution as Tantric rites - ‘The Symbolism of Colours and Mantric Sound’ (Vajrayana section of the talk)

Reading
Pico della Mirandola on ‘Natural Magic’ - ...
Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Religion Without God, Part 4 - Magic For the Modern World

By Candradasa on Sat, 10 Nov, 2012 - 14:50
In the final talk of our series on ‘Religion Without God’, Candradasa offers a personal look at aspects of magic in the East and West, considering its place in Buddhist history and practice and also its meeting with Christianity at the time of the Renaissance. What emerges is a picture of how magic defined in various ways can be a powerful metaphor for the everyday work of Buddhist meditation and ethical practice - with the enchantment of love and wisdom...