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FBA Podcast: Sangha As a Gift to the World

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 29 May, 2021 - 06:00

Vajragupta considers how the sangha reaches out into the world, looking at three areas: loving-kindness and common humanity, community and service, and wisdom in an age of information overload.

A talk given on an online weekend retreat with Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2020.

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Dharmabyte: Metta Bhavana as Insight Practice

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 13 May, 2021 - 06:00

Bodhidasa discusses the Metta Bhavana and the way it is taught in the Triratna system of meditation. Reflecting on the Karaniya Metta Sutta and Buddhaghosha’s 5th century text the Visuddhimagga, Bodhidasa explores how this core practice relates to the Bodhisattva ideal, and how we can expand, refresh and enrich our metta practice in all its stages by re-visiting the structure.

From the talk entitled Beyond Boundaries given at Sydney Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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FBA Podcast: The Revolutionary Power of Love

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 13 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

The Karaniya Metta sutta is the focus for Parami’s exploration of working with anger, working with polarisation in our relationships and in the world. She uses the lesson of the extremes in this current moment in history as a launching pad for insight into the nature of love.

She gave this talk to the gathered Triratna Buddhist Community in Scotland at their New Year gathering online. It has the flavour of a call to practice and...

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Dharmabyte: Great Love as Emptiness

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 4 Feb, 2021 - 06:32

Here we have Padmavajra talking about the importance of bhavana in our metta practice –  the growing of friendly feelings, friendly responses, slowly, gently, like a garden. What you attend to, you become. It is vital that we engage with the practice honestly, starting where we actually are and gradually moving towards non-dual loving kindness, maha maitri, the Great Love that has dissolved the distinction between self and other.

From the talk entitled Introducing the Great Love...

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FBA Podcast: Lightning Flashes From the Realm of Pure Beauty

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 19 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

In this talk Padmavajra contemplates Beauty in different areas of Dharma life, including the beauty of people, of ethics, of friendship, community and ‘institutions’, and of wisdom. He also looks at the relationship between metta, formless beauty and the yidam, as well as knowing what beauty really is and ‘the pregnant man’.

This talk was given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the Spring Short Order retreat in March 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Buddha; Just a Kind Old Man...

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 18 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

How do we relate to the Buddha? Sangharakshita has emphasised the importance of connecting with him as a historical figure. Through personal example and stories Dharmashalin asks the question, do we even see the Buddha as a kind old man? Maybe that would be a good start…

Talk given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre (UK), 2014.

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FBA Podcast: Radical Kindness In a Violent World

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 4 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

“The creative mind loves when there is no reason to love.” Sangharakshita

Viryajyoti gives the second talk in a series on Compassion for a Modern Word on a theme close to her heart. The Bodhisattva aim is to free all beings from suffering – what about here and now in the 21st century? What is radical kindness? What would it be like to be radically kind?

The Buddha represents the spiritual ideal of Buddhism and through his life and teaching he exemplified...

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FBA Podcast: Letting Go and Insight

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 May, 2020 - 14:00

Nagabodhi offers his reflections on the Buddha’s enlightenment. What is it are we actually trying to achieve? How intensely are we cultivating and experiencing metta, friendship, kindness, compassion, patience and love?

This talk is part of the series The Bridge, the Path and the Goal  given at Adhisthana, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 16 May, 2020 - 14:00

Concise and essential, Satyaraja draws out practical and profound aspects of the four Brahmaviharas, considering them as both meditation practices and as realms that we can occupy. This is the second talk in a series of four talks on the topic of karuna, compassion.

From the series Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre Winter Retreat, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Entering Each Other’s Worlds

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 11 May, 2020 - 14:00

Another cracking talk from Vajratara exploring Metta as a path to insight.

What happens when Metta passes through the fires of sunyata? Insight isn’t a cold, detached featureless state. Insight has it’s own positive character – increasing awareness of others and spontaneous compassionate activity.

From the talk entitled Metta and the Path of Insight given on a Young Womens’ Weekend at Taraloka, 2013.

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