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Alive, Aware, Awake! (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 31)

By Centre Team on Fri, 3 Jul, 2020 - 15:27

What is it to be fully aware, fully alive? Here is a great conversation with the retreat team from Taraloka, who are about to lead our online Home Retreat around the relief and ease of being in the present moment – whatever that present moment looks like. 

Join in with Alive, Aware, Awake - a Home Retreat for everyone!

Experience can be an adventure in awareness. How can we taste the deep excitement of opening to the nature...

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Windhorse Publications

Free the Dharma - Mind in Harmony by Subhuti

By dhammamegha on Mon, 11 May, 2020 - 13:21

Free the Dharma - Mind in Harmony by Subhuti

By dhammamegha on Mon, 11 May, 2020 - 13:21

This is the eighth week that we’ll be sharing a weekly e-book. When we started in March, it seemed likely that it would be something we’d do for a month or two at the most. Yet here we are, two months later, and this new future stretches before us. 

This week we’re giving away Subhuti’s Mind in Harmony: the psychology of Buddhist ethics. You can download it free here until 25 May. You can also buy a paper copy here

Mind in Harmony is...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to Its Limits

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 8 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

This week’s FBA Podcast is the first talk in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on ‘The Diamond Sutra’ entitled Taking Mind to its Limits. We are taken through the work stage by stage, and here we begin with the opening scenes and the text itself as a revelation of Reality…

Talks given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004.

This talk is part of the series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Sowing Seeds In the Soil of the Mind - The Alaya

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 23 Jun, 2018 - 12:00

This FBA Podcast is a talk by Ratnaprabha entitled ‘Sowing Seeds In the Soil of the Mind - The Alaya.’

The alaya, or storehouse consciousness, is the Buddhist equivalent of the unconscious mind. It is like a garden, in which every experience and action sows a seed which may later sprout and create our unfolding life.

This talk describes how this relates to the six sense awarenesses, the mind as a sense, and the...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Our Illusory View

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 21 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is another dip into the Yogachara from Subhuti called ‘Our Illusory View’. This is the last in a brilliant four-part series by Subhuti on the Yogachara school of Buddhist philosophy, which provides a comprehensive psychological overview of the workings of ‘consciousness’.

What can we do about the veils of our basic delusions? Where do ethics come into all this? Time to steep ourselves in reality again for another session with Subhuti as he grasps...

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Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Mind and Mental Events

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 16 Jun, 2018 - 12:00

This FBA Podcast is called ‘Mind and Mental Events’ by Subhuti. These five omnipresent mental events (sarvatragas) constitute the basic mechanics of the mind; if you are conscious, they are present.

1. Feeling-tone (vedana)
2. Recognition (or conceptualisation) (samjna)
3. Directionality of mind (cetana)
4. Contact (sparsa)
5. Egocentric demanding (manaskara)

From this we can conclude that:
1. All our experience is feeling-toned. The more conscious we are...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Blake's Idea of the "Devouring" Aspect of Mind

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 2 Mar, 2018 - 10:56

Sangharakshita reflects on William Blake’s concept of the “devouring” aspect of mind and how it relates to the chain of conditionality in today’s FBA Dharmabyte entitled ‘Blake’s Idea of the ‘Devouring’ Aspect of Mind’.

From the talk entitled, “Fields of Creativity” given in 2001.

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Mind States Make a Difference

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 23 Feb, 2018 - 12:04

This FBA Dharmabyte is by Sagaraghosa called ‘Mind States Make a Difference’. From the talk ‘What Do Buddhists Think - Physics’.

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Dharmabyte: Our Habitual Mind is Unaware

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 21 Feb, 2018 - 17:29

This FBA Dharmabyte ’Our Habitual Mind is Unaware’ by Ratnadhya, is excerpted from Mind the Gap - Creating the Creative Space.

Given at an introductory meditation weekend retreat in Worcestershire, Ratnadhya addresses the subject of Bardos and what they can teach us about our need to cultivate creative gaps in our lives in which we can just be rather than do. He talks about bardos of scale, from the traditional bardos of life and death, to the bardos that...

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