Vidyatara shares her reflections on practice during a time of Lockdown as part of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre’s year on the 8-fold path (2021). She particularly evokes and draws on the classic teaching of Bahiya and asks how to apply it to these conditions.
Instead of the traditional description of the Fourth Noble Truth - the Eightfold Path - Saccanama explores Sangha as a means to counter the individualism of our times. What exactly is the true meaning of Sangha? And how can the mysterious ‘third order of consciousness’ or Bodhicitta help us to transcend our preoccupation with ourselves? He looks at three stories from Buddhist tradition that explore the true meaning of Sangha - the Anuruddhas, the Pure Land and the...
Our Dharmbyte todayFBA Dharmabyte is from Bhante Sangharakshita called Four-Fold Perfect Effort. Discussing the evolution of consciousness, this lecture explains that at the stage of reflexive consciousness, deliberate effort is required for any further progress. Right Effort is fourfold: preventing and eradicating the unskilful, and cultivating and maintaining the skilful.
This week’s FBA Podcast by Sangharakshita a is entitled The Conscious Evolution of Man: Right Effort. Discussing the evolution of consciousness, this lecture explains that at the stage of reflexive consciousness, deliberate effort is required for any further progress. Right Effort is fourfold: preventing and eradicating the unskilful, and cultivating and maintaining the skilful.
Forgetfulness and distraction are the rule in ordinary life, but awareness and a ‘fullness of mind’ is at the heart of human growth and development.
Sangharakshita distinguishes four dimensions of awareness, each with its own qualities: awareness of things, self, others, and reality. From the talk Levels of Awareness: Right Mindfulness given in 1968 as part of the series The...
In this FBA Dharmabyte Sangharakshita reminds us that real transformation begins with the dawn of insight or clear vision. In this excerpt entitled “The Process of Transformation” Sangharakshita describes the opening of the Dharma Eye in terms of seeing things as they really are - upturning the four topsy turvy views.
This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘One Understands’, an excerpt from the talk on ‘Manjusri’ by Amaraghosha, one of a series of talks about archetypal Bodhisattvas.
In this excerpt Amaraghosha explores the importance of wisdom in the Buddhist tradition through teachings including the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths. This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2016 as part of their regular Saturday morning Sangha class.