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FBA Podcast: Sitting At the Centre of the Mandala

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 10 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Once again at the Centre of the Mandala, we meet Vairocana. How do we balance the teachings of effort and openness? One way is through the image of the Sun and relaxed being, the practice of the Dharma is simply to come back. Yet, of course, this requires effort.

Another question is the balance between practical and mythical approaches: Can we hold both at once? What do we give significance to? What do we make real ? Can we open to a world...

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FBA Podcast: The Lord of the Midnight Sun

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 3 Apr, 2021 - 06:00

Vaddhaka can usually be relied on to give a pretty great talk - and this is no exception. Here we have a real treat - a terrific, energetic exploration of the green Buddha of the north: Amoghasiddhi (Dundubishvara), the Unobstructed One. This is kind of a multi-media affair - listen for the 13th Century Spanish processional music in honour of the Virgin, and a blast of Sibelius too! Marvellous.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, Winter Retreat, 2001.

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Dharmabyte: The Light of Compassion

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 22 Mar, 2021 - 05:00

Padmasagara draws out the boundless radiant love of Amitabha and the inconceivable nature of true compassion.

Excerpted from the talk Amitabha’s Infinite Light given as part of the series Faces of Enlightenment at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Facets of Generosity

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 15 Mar, 2021 - 05:00

Ratnasambhava, the ‘Jewel-Born’ Buddha of the Southern realm, exemplifies generosity and abundance. In this talk Moksatara expands upon this theme, looking at how living with an attitude of generosity can create community, bestow abundance and lead to a sense of fearlessness.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre (2019) as part of the series Faces of Enlightenment.

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Dharmabyte: Cultivating Mirror-Like Wisdom

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 8 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

Bodhilila introduces the characteristic wisdom of the blue Buddha of the Eastern quarter of the mandala, a wisdom that undistortedly reflects experience just as it is.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Akshobhya and the Mirror-Like Wisdom given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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Dharmabyte: The Characteristics of the Five Buddhas

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 4 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

Taranita discusses the Five Buddhas of the Mandala, their characteristics, how their wisdom may manifest itself in everyday life, and how their features may benefit the Western Buddhist practitioner.

From the talk entitled The Five Buddha Mandala given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2007.

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Dharmabyte: Introducing the Five Buddha Mandala

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

The Tantras (special scriptures of Vajrayana Buddhism) frequently refer to mandalas, circles of symbolic forms. Sangharakshita describes the mandala of the five Buddhas, its use as a symbol of psychological and spiritual integration, and the meaning of its sexual symbolism.

From the talk entitled The Mandala: Tantric Symbol of Integration, part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology given in 1967.

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FBA Podcast: Entrance Into the Heart of the Mandala

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 20 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

Visuddhimati explores how we really need to know ourselves deeply and experientially to allow us to let go into the deep mystery at the heart of the mandala. She shares her reflections on initiation, spiritual death and rebirth, inspired by a Rilke poem. Using the structure of the Rilke poem she explores how engaging with images and allowing them to unfold their meaning within us, allows us to let go into wisdom.

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Meditating in the Mandala (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 29)

By Centre Team on Sat, 6 Jun, 2020 - 21:06

To mark our latest Home Retreat, led by Tejananda, an excellent conversation and primer on meditation from a body-focussed perspective. 

Tejananda’s key image is of the dynamic mandala. Dharma practice is itself dynamic and transformative. And the transformation lies in gradually discovering how both we and the world are not at all what we originally supposed! Seeing this, we can begin to uproot the causes of suffering in our own experience.

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Song of the Brahma Viharas - Being Divine Online home retreat

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 09:06

Song of the Brahma Viharas - Being Divine Online home retreat

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 09:06

It’s always good to finish things with a song - and happily, today, here’s one! It’s Ratnavandana chanting the Brahma Viharas song that is usually learned on each ‘Living in the Mandala’ retreat that she leads.

As Ratnavandana kindly sent on some lovely nature photos she has taken, we have made this into a short video which you can enjoy, and hopefully get a feeling for the Brahma Viharas “pervading all quarters”.

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