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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: The Stupa Emerges in The White Lotus Sutra

By Rijupatha on Mon, 12 May, 2014 - 17:05
Our FBA Dharmabyte today is titled “The Stupa Emerges in The White Lotus Sutra” by Sangharakshita from the talk “Five Element Symbolism and the Stupa”. In this excerpt, we hear about how the the Stupa of Abundant Treasures in The White Lotus Sutra emerges. Sangharakshita explains the origins of the Buddhist stupa and its connections with the five elements.

Talk given in 1971. This talk is part of the...
Western Buddhist Review
Western Buddhist Review

No Need for the H-word

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Fri, 14 Mar, 2014 - 09:19

No Need for the H-word

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Fri, 14 Mar, 2014 - 09:19Bhikkhu Bodhi et al., The Bodhisattva Ideal: Essays on the Emergence of Mahāyāna
Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, 2013, 239pp., £9.99 pback. (Available from Wisdom Books at www.wisdom-books.com).

Review by Dhivan Thomas Jones

The usual history of Buddhism in India goes that the Mahāyāna arose around the beginning of the common era as a reaction against complacency and scholasticism in the existing schools. It described itself as a ‘great vehicle’, which put forward the Bodhisattva ideal of...
Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Five Hundred Parasols

By viriyalila on Mon, 26 Aug, 2013 - 14:38
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte we draw from Dayamala’s talk on “Building the Buddhaland”

In this segment of the talk entitled, “Five Hundred Parasols” she references the early chapters of the Vimalakirti Nirdesa as a poetic example of the relationship between individual spiritual practitioners and the greater universe of all sentient beings and the Cosmic Bodhicitta.

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Padmavajra on the 'Buddhafield' in Buddhist Mahayana Tradition

By Candradasa on Sun, 19 May, 2013 - 18:59
If you wonder why Buddhafield is called that, we thought you might like a little bit of the deep Dharma behind the name!

Here are some extracts from Padmavajra’s classic talk series from 2004 on the Diamond Sutra in which he looks at the Buddhist Mahayana tradition of the creation of Buddhafields as part of the Bodhisattva’s activity.

These are taken from talks 3 and 8. Listen to the whole series

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Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

The Rain of the Dharma

By viriyalila on Mon, 4 Jun, 2012 - 17:14

The Rain of the Dharma

By viriyalila on Mon, 4 Jun, 2012 - 17:14It’s been raining quite a bit in these parts the last few days… There’s a lovely parable in the Buddhist tradition from the White Lotus Sutra called the Parable of the Rain Cloud. Take a listen to “The Rain of the Dharma”, track 11, for a lovely reading of it by Sangharakshita.

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