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The Twelve Days of FBA (2020) - Day 11: 'Virya and the Windhorse' by Parami

By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 5 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

The Twelve Days of FBA (2020) - Day 11: 'Virya and the Windhorse' by Parami

By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 5 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

On Day 11 we welcome Shraddhavani, who joined the Dharmachakra Board of Trustees just over a year ago. 

Initially dismayed that her favourite talk had already been selected by another team member, a further look through the many speakers who inspire her surfaced a beautiful talk given in 2020 by Parami on the mythical creature, the ‘windhorse’…

Enjoy ‘Virya and the Windhorse’ – and become a Friend of Free Buddhist Audio today!

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Dharmabyte: How does Buddhism speak to us?

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 8 Oct, 2020 - 05:10

Here Sangharakshita explores how Buddhism, being the most rational of religions, appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so. Examples are four ‘myths’ from the Buddha’s biography, here correlated with four of Jung’s archetypes.

From the talk entitled Buddhism and the Language of Myth, part of the series Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism, 1967.

Here Sangharakshita explores how Buddhism, being the most rational of religions, appeals...

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Dharmabyte: Tugging on the Net

By Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 5 Oct, 2020 - 05:29

Kulanandi focuses on the importance of drawing on myth and symbols in relating to the ideals of spiritual community.

Excerpted from the talk The Spiritual Community As Myth given at Stockholm Buddhist Center, June 2013.

Kulanandi focuses on the importance of drawing on myth and symbols in relating to the ideals of spiritual community.

Excerpted from the talk The Spiritual Community As Myth given at Stockholm Buddhist Center, June 2013.

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Dharmabyte: The Quest for Freedom

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 1 Oct, 2020 - 05:10

Jnanavaca weaves magic and myth with the day to day practice of the Dharma in exploring vimukti, freedom, which arises just before full and perfect Enlightenment in the spiral path.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Freedom Or Death given on Buddha Day 2019 at the London Buddhist Centre.

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Dharmabyte: Infinite Spaces + Boundless Awareness

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

It is possible to move our sense of who we are, our stories are changeable. Vidyamala invites us into the world of myth, symbol and poetry to challenge our fixed sense of self.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a fluid sense of oneself? Responding to whatever arises with kindness, with love, with compassion, with infinite creative potential.

She finishes emphasising kindness with a wonderful quote from Patrul Rimpoche: “Have a good heart and act with kindness. There is no higher teaching.”

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The River Under the River (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 27)

By Centre Team on Tue, 26 May, 2020 - 22:27

“Deserving a place in a realm where miracles happen”

Let’s start with this image: there’s a river under the river. Then follow it via the works of William Stafford and the creative lives of members of the Wolf at the Door group: poets and writers exploring the interplay of modes of attention in their chosen art forms, mediated by the practice of Buddhism.

The wolf is there too. Alive and real and, sometimes, scary. But this...

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Ironic Points of Light (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 25)

By Centre Team on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 00:21

Shimmering images, and no less shimmering experiences. Today’s episode begins a series on beauty, poetry, myth, art and symbol as a response to crisis.

Taking our cue from W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1st, 1939, and his recognition of the need to “love one another or die”, we ask how, in the midst of fear – even of death – we can exercise our agency as human beings.

Poetry leads the way in and out of the questioning. Joining Auden in the...

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Imagine a Buddha…

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 - 09:54

Imagine a Buddha…

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 - 09:54

Weekly North London Slideshows by Ratnaprabha on images and symbols in Buddhism

11:30 am on Saturdays (except 9 May, see below) after the 10:30 meditation.
Zoom login each week except 10 May is here

Sat 18 April    The Endless Knot: Buddhist Symbols
Sat 25 April    Taming The Bull: a Zen path
Sat 2 May    Meeting the Buddhas
(Sat 9 May    Kusala Talk on Right Livelihood)
Sunday 10 May    (Buddha...

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Dharmabyte: Seated Upon the Vulture's Peak

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 14:00

Sangharakshita takes us to the Vulture’s Peak, the summit of earthly existence, where the Buddha begins the White Lotus Sutra by speaking on infinity. With his words, (and the forthcoming myths, symbols and parables of the sutra), we are entreated to go beyond into the purely spiritual world of the transcendental.

From the talk The Drama of Cosmic Enlightenment, 1971, part of the series Parables, Myths and Symbols of Mahayana Buddhism in the White Lotus Sutra.

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Dharmabyte: Imagination as Key

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 28 Oct, 2019 - 13:00

Dhammadinna speaks about Sangharakshita and his emphasis on imagination as a key to the spiritual life.

From the talk entitled Bhante - Poetry, Myth and Imagination given on the Rainy Season Retreat at Manchester Buddhist Centre, February 2014.

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