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FBA Podcast: The Dragon, The Tiger and The Wish-fulfilling Jewel

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 11 Sep, 2021 - 06:00

Do we reflect on the Bodhicitta? Is it optional, a mystical goal we can take or leave? How does it become a motivating force in our lives?

Sangharakshita has described the Bodhicitta as a myth or symbol that galvanises our energies, something that makes sense of our lives, something emotionally moving that stirs us on a deep level. How are we to connect with that myth? Vajratara takes us on a journey of a deepening engagement with the Bodhicitta, evoking...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Eight Guidelines | The Mythic Context

By akasajoti on Tue, 20 Jul, 2021 - 10:56

Eight Guidelines | The Mythic Context

By akasajoti on Tue, 20 Jul, 2021 - 10:56

Maitreyi and Padmasuri, both from the UK, discuss their personal stories about connecting with the mythic context of dharma practice in the fourth in a series of informal, personal, conversations between Public Preceptors about the Eight Guidelines for Ordination Training.

The Eight Guidelines offer a framework through which Order Members and Mitras can reflect on and communicate about their going for refuge and process of training for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this series, members of the Preceptors’ College...

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Dharmabyte: Paving the Way

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

Taranita discusses myth and archetype in relation to our lives, our practice, and building relationships with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Myth & Archetype given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2018 as part of a series on Vairocana and Spiritual Regeneration. This talk follows on from the previous talk on the Dhamma Niyama.

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In the Footsteps of the Buddha at Rivendell (The Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 38)

By Centre Team on Thu, 25 Mar, 2021 - 14:54

Live from Forest House near Rivendell Retreat Centre in the UK - we’re not sure a podcast setting gets any more mythic than that!

Our friends Mandarava and Nagasiddhi are running an online Home Retreat for us - with amazing puppets, original artwork for the event, and an abundance of magic images illustrating tales from the life of the Buddha. And you are invited!

Register for a space on ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’

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In the Footsteps of the Buddha: Where the Buddha’s Story Meets Our Own

By Centre Team on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 00:55

In the Footsteps of the Buddha: Where the Buddha’s Story Meets Our Own

By Centre Team on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 00:55

A Home Retreat from Rivendell Retreat Centre with Mandarava and Nagasiddhi

Seven days of interactive meditation and practice workshops with storytelling 

Friday April 23 – Thursday April 29 2021

First daily session (2 hrs):  IE & UK 09:30 | Europe CET 10:30 | India 14:00 | Australia AEDT 18.30 | New Zealand 20.30

Second daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PST 07:30 | México 09:30 | USA EST 10:30 | IE &...

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Dharmabyte: Dhardo Rimpoche: Myth and Friendship

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 11 Feb, 2021 - 06:00

Paraga discusses the importance of connecting with both Myth and Kalyana Mitrata as key aspects to help translate Dhardo Rimpoche’s aspect of ‘Radiate Love’ into our Dharma life.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Radiate Love given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the ‘A Living Bodhisattva’ retreat in March 2019.

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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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