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FBA Podcast: The Drama of Cosmic Enlightenment

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 21 Dec, 2019 - 14:00

After considering the history and the meaning of the title, Sangharakshita provides a summary of The White Lotus Sutra’s dramatic structure, with brief explanations of the significance of certain details.

Talk given in 1971.

This talk is part of the series Parables, Myths and Symbols of Mahayana Buddhism in the White Lotus Sutra.

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FBA Podcast: The Great Love

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 7 Dec, 2019 - 14:00

Ratnaguna shares with us his great love for the Vimalakirti Nirdesa, a Buddhist Mahayana text he’s gone back to again and again and again since 1979. He explores how a Bodhisattva should regard living beings, or how they should develop the Great Love for them, according to the mysterious character Vimalakirti. 

Talk given at Stockholm Buddhist Center, 27 May 2013.

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FBA Podcast: For Heroic Spirits Intended

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 28 Sep, 2019 - 14:00

The first of four talks given by Ratnaguna during the annual Padmaloka Open Retreat. The theme of the retreat was ‘For Heroic Spirits Intended…’ and was based around the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha - a profound Mahayana Sutra.

A new translation by Sraddhapa of the text was used for the first time during the retreat. You can find this text at Sraddhapa’s website where donations can be made to support this important translation work. 

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Dharmabyte: Vasubandhu's Four Factors

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

Vasubandhu lived in northern India and Nepal in the 4th century CE. He was a renowned teacher in the Sarvastivadin School of Buddhism but later converted to Mahayana Buddhism under the influence of his brother Asanga.

In this talk Kulaprabha introduces us to a work of his dealing with the conditions necessary for the arising of the Bodhicitta - here translated as Bodhi Resolve. In particular, she compares and contrasts Vasubandhu’s Four Factors as they are described in this text with...

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Dharmabyte: These Texts Were Meant to be Understood

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 20 Jun, 2019 - 14:00

In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, ‘These Texts Were Meant to be Understood’, Shraddhapa talks about his work translating the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha, a profound Mahayana Sutra from Sanskrit into English.

You can find this text at Shraddhapa’s website here.

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From the talk For Heroic Spirits Intended - Translating Sanskrit Texts as part of the series For Heroic...

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Dharmabyte: Our Next Teacher

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 May, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called Our Next Teacher by Ratnaprabha.

In the full talk entitled The Great Way, Ratnaprabha tells the Zen story of the maiden in the mud, explains the attitude of the Mahayana, the Bodhisattva, altruism and how Mahayana is not a school of Buddhism. He finishes with the grand vision of Vairocana’s tower from the Gandavyuha Sutra.

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Dharmabyte: Our Place is in the Cosmos

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 3 Jul, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘Our Place is in the Cosmos’ from the talk ‘Approaching a Magical World’ by Jvalamalini.

This is an excerpt from the first of four talks on the Cosmic Mythic Vision of the Mahayana. Here Jvalamalini explores the faculties of mythos and logos, how they’re conditioned by historical context, a suggestion from neuroscience about how imaginal practice might work, and how the integrated Imagination perceives wisdom beyond words.

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Dharmabyte: Chittamatra (Mind Only)

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 28 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is called Chittamatra (‘Mind-Only’) from the talk The Depth Psychology of the Yogachara by Sangharakshita.

The Yogachara School of Indian Mahayana Buddhism and its doctrine of ‘Mind-Only’ (Chittamatra) crucially influenced the development of Zen. Here the doctrine is related to subjective and absolute idealism in Western philosophy. 

This talk was given in 1967 and is part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology.

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Lights in the Sky: Holy Lanka

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 26 Feb, 2018 - 16:12

Lights in the Sky: Holy Lanka

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 26 Feb, 2018 - 16:12

Here is a recent short film by Suryaprabha and the Lights in the Sky about a trip in Sri Lanka in 2017.  Lights in the Sky is a Triratna Buddhist project producing documentary films since 1992.

Suryaprabha writes:

My trip to Sri Lanka January 2017 was a chance for me to try shooting 4k with a Sony AX100 camera bought second hand just days before the flight from London. So an experiment. Edited, and even sound edited, on FCP X. Altogether a new and, um, interesting experience.

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