College of Public Preceptors
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Chairs' Letter – November 2022

By ratnadharini on Thu, 1 Dec, 2022 - 12:28

Chairs' Letter – November 2022

By ratnadharini on Thu, 1 Dec, 2022 - 12:28

Dear Order members and friends,

When I last wrote, a month ago, we had just marked the fourth anniversary of Bhante Sangharakshita’s death at Adhisthana. A meeting of the International Council was underway, and by the end of a very harmonious and enjoyable meeting we had clarified the purpose of the IC and agreed on strategic priorities.

A couple of days later, the annual international ‘in person’ gathering of the College of Public Preceptors began....

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Khemajoti (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 5 Oct, 2022 - 17:03

“We used to do rituals in the basement of the shop, invoking Padmasambhava while we made egg sandwiches”

Khemajoti’s Annals:

In 1968 I was living in my birthplace, Swindon UK, with my parents and younger brother in the house we’d moved into in 1960. I was finishing primary school where I’d been a bright, happy child (top of the class) and moving to secondary school where I met children who were more of a match for me. I was moving into the...

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Dharmabyte: Fearlessness is a Great Virtue

By Zac on Mon, 3 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

In this talk, Khemabandhu takes us on a journey into the terrifying cremation grounds which Padmasambhava deliberately sought out. The facing of our deepest fears presents us with and incredible opportunity for spiritual development, but how do we summon up the courage necessary to do so?

This talk was given during a young men’s retreat held at Padmaloka as part of the series Entering the Realm of the Guru, 2022.
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FBA Podcast: The Cremation Ground

By Zac on Sat, 1 Oct, 2022 - 06:00

Vidyasakhi vividly draws us into the magical world of the Eight Cremation Grounds where Padmasambhava tamed demons and engaged in his Bodhisattva training. Vidyasakhi is a musician and Padmasambhava practitioner with a background in storytelling. She has used these skills to dramatise The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava and is a very good guide into the symbolism of this sacred space.

This talk was given at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Taking Our Seat in the Cremation Ground

By Zac on Thu, 31 Mar, 2022 - 06:00

To plunge ourselves into the crucial citation takes tremendous courage. Sangharakshita asks:

Are we ready to face our own death, and the total transformation it symbolizes? From the talk The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground and the Celestial Maidens part of the series Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment, 1971.

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Dharmabyte: Radical Transformation is Possible

By Zac on Mon, 28 Mar, 2022 - 06:00

Radical transformation is possible if we allow Padmasambhava and all that he symbolizes to touch our lives.  Ratnaghosha encourages us to face our demons, find our cremation grounds, and free up our energies.

From the talk Demons For Every Occasion given at the Padmasambhava Day festival at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2013.

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FBA Podcast: Padmasambhava and the King of Tibet

By Zac on Sat, 26 Mar, 2022 - 06:00

Vajratara offers a provocative, fully engaged and fully engaging take on the Dharma and the challenges that face us on the Path. We approach the great figure of Padmasambhava - the ‘Second Buddha’ - through his famous meeting with the King of Tibet. There’s plenty to consider in this thoughtful interpretation of the central story - with lots of light relief too, as the Refuges are explored with walk-ons from Nirvana (the band!), Samuel Johnson,...

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Dharmabyte: Opening the Jewel Box

By Zac on Thu, 24 Mar, 2022 - 06:00

In this wonderful personal talk about Padmasambhava, Vessantara talks about his connection with the strange figure of Padmasambhava. On the way, he gives an insight into what it’s like to relate to these Buddha and Bodhisattva figures deeply, and how we can do this.  And he explores the effects doing this can have on our mind, our heart and our Dharma lives.

From the talk entitled Padmasambhava Practice – a Personal Unfolding...

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Dharmabyte: An Overwhelming Torrent

By Zac on Mon, 21 Mar, 2022 - 06:00

Padmasambhava is a potent symbol of transformation. Maitreyi shows us how to evoke the help, energy and vision we need to change our lives.

From the talk Heart Advice From the Lotus-Born: ‘Never Be Apart From the Causes For Faith to Arise’ given at London Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: Invocation of Padmasambhava

By Zac on Sat, 19 Mar, 2022 - 06:00

The seven line prayer to Padmasambhava is a big feature in many teachings/ practices coming from the Tibetan tradition. Dharmashalin offers a taster of what it might mean for us and how we might relate to it.

Talk given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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