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Dharmabyte: The Expansive Nature of Joy

By Zac on Thu, 13 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

When metta meets the good fortune of others, mudita arises, joy in others. Mudita is an antidote to depression, to boredom, and it really connects you to yourself, to others, to the world around you. A beautiful introduction by Ratnavandana to the Brahma Viharas as an integrated set of practices flowing from metta - loving kindness. 

From the talk Introduction to the Brahma Viharas (With Guided Meditation) given as part of the Brahma...

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Dharmabyte: Always be Friendly

By Zac on Mon, 10 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

With a balance of down-to-earth humour and uncompromising vision, Vajratara encourages us to be open to others, to always be friendly, even when we cannot be happy. 

From the forthright and passionate talk entitled Chetul Sangye Dorje about his giving of the Green Tara practice to Sangharakshita given at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2007.

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FBA Podcast: Conflict and Crisis

By Zac on Sat, 8 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

Suryagupta explores crisis and conflict in the life of the Buddha and what we can learn when responding to conflict in our own lives.

Talk given at the London Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Happiness and Joy: Mudita

By Zac on Thu, 6 Jan, 2022 - 06:00

We all need to find emotional equivalents to our intellectual understandings if our spiritual practice is to progress. Here Sangharakshita talks about how joy and happiness are characteristic Buddhist emotions that we seem to be missing out on. Mudita, the happiness we feel in other people’s good fortune, can be cultivated through practice.

From the talk entitled Reason and Emotion in the Spiritual Life: Right Resolve, outlining the positive emotions emphasized in Buddhism. Talk given in 1968...

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Dharmabyte: Altruistic Joy

By Zac on Mon, 3 Jan, 2022 - 01:00

If our metta is strong enough, it will become mudita, altruistic joy for others. 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.

From the talk entitled Mudita, part of the series Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind, Padmaloka Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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FBA Podcast: The Alchemical Buddha

By Zac on Sat, 1 Jan, 2022 - 01:00

Satyapara leads us in an evocation of the alchemical Buddha drawing out the mythic dimension through receptivity and imagination.

Talk given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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FBA Dharma Story Hour Presents: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

By Zac on Wed, 29 Dec, 2021 - 18:20

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Karaniyametta Sutta - Chanted in Pali by Vimalanandi

By Candradasa on Sun, 28 Nov, 2021 - 01:52

Karaniyametta Sutta - Chanted in Pali by Vimalanandi

By Candradasa on Sun, 28 Nov, 2021 - 01:52

Part of the resources for the Home Retreat, ‘How To Really Save the World’, here is a core text for metta (loving kindness) practice in the Buddhist tradition. 

Beautifully chanted by Vimalanandi, the chanting of the sutta is accompanied by images of the Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of the western direction traditionally associated with love.

For more resources and all the teaching from this retreat, see:
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FBA Podcast: Living with Loving Kindness

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 7 Aug, 2021 - 06:00

The Buddha was a problem solver looking at suffering and the release from suffering. Here, Vijayasri introduces us to metta, the basic teaching of the Buddha, by exploring the first chapter of Living with Kindness by Sangharakshita. She considers the Karaniya Metta Sutta, looks at the work of Buddhaghosa, and investigates the ideas of metta as a strongly positive emotion, a rational emotion and as wisdom. The session finishes with some questions...

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Dharmabyte: Freedom from Oppression

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 5 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Dayapakshini explores the relevance of the First Precept to our lives with extracts from the Abhisanda sutta, especially that of freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The First Precept given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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