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Watch the First 10 Minute Talk in Padmavajra's New Series, 'A Garland of Red Lotus Flowers'

By Prajnahridaya on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 12:24

Watch the First 10 Minute Talk in Padmavajra's New Series, 'A Garland of Red Lotus Flowers'

By Prajnahridaya on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 12:24

So that you can get a taste of Padmavajra’s series of 50 short videos released over the coming 108 days, the first video is now available for everyone to watch.

Click here to learn more and subscribe to the entire series: https://bit.ly/RedLotusGarland

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The Perfection of Wisdom and Dedication - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9 & 10

By Satyakirti on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 15:58

The Perfection of Wisdom and Dedication - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9 & 10

By Satyakirti on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 15:58

Teaching Emptiness Respectfully with Happiness Flowing from Clouds of Merit

In his final talk exploring the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra introduces us to Shantideva’s exposition of the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Wisdom. Here, Shantideva tells us about the two truths, the conventional and the ultimate, as well as of the true meaning emptiness, which is the cure for the terrible sufferings that we undergo. In doing this he gives us a glimpse of the Bodhisattva “respectfully teaching emptiness … to those who imagine a...

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The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

By Satyakirti on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51

The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

By Satyakirti on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51


“What is so special about me?” - Shantideva’s Perfection of Meditation

In the penultimate talk in his series devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter eight, the Perfection of Meditation (dhyana paramita). In this chapter, Shantideva tells us that in order to go deeply into meditation, we need to go into the solitude of body and mind, renouncing all worldly attachments and the usual way in which we relate to others. Having doing that, he shows how to develop an...

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The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

“Like someone hankering for the pleasure and fruit of love-play”

Padmavajra’s seventh talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicarayvatara is an exploration of chapter seven, the Perfection of Vigour (virya paramita). In this chapter Shantideva, makes it very clear that without virya there is no Enlightenment. He tells us what virya is, as well as what opposes virya, which include, sloth, laziness and self-contempt. He explains that virya is developed through the application of six powers: desire; pride; delight; letting go; dedication; and self-mastery. “Having...

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"The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

By Satyakirti on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 15:55

"The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

By Satyakirti on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 15:55

‘Serenity, freedom from disease, joy and long life, the happiness of an emperor, prosperity; these the patient person receives while continuing in cyclic existence.’

Padmavajra’s sixth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara explores Shantideva’s thorough exploration of the perfection of patience. In this chapter, Shantideva brings our attention to the seriousness of the faults of hatred and anger.

He shows how such states of mind arise and gives a number of ways in which patience can be cultivated in relation to the various sufferings inherent in...

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The Buddha and the King of the Nagas – Countdown to #buddhaday – 2 days to go...

By akasajoti on Thu, 7 May, 2020 - 11:23

The Buddha and the King of the Nagas – Countdown to #buddhaday – 2 days to go...

By akasajoti on Thu, 7 May, 2020 - 11:23

As a special treat for you as we countdown to #buddhaday we are releasing a series of dharma reflections and evocations of the Buddha over the week…⠀

For our Triratna international Buddha Day celebration, on the occasion of the full Moon day itself, Padmavajra introduces us to the story of the Buddha and the Naga King, Mucalinda. With characteristic resonant depth, Padmavajra evokes the meaning and significance of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, and his subsequent encounter with Mucalinda.

He then...

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A Bodhisattva's Mindfulness - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5

By Satyakirti on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 15:11

A Bodhisattva's Mindfulness - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5

By Satyakirti on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 15:11

‘One should speak confident, measured words, clear in meaning, delighting the mind, pleasing to the ear, soft and slow, and stemming from love’

In his fifth talk devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter five ‘The Guarding of Total Awareness’. In this chapter Shantideva makes vividly clear the importance of mindfulness and awareness of purpose in the Bodhisattvas life. Shantideva tells us about the centrality and power of the mind and the need for scrupulous attention to every detail of our lives.

His discussion...

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Vigilance with Regard to the Bodhicitta - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 4

By Satyakirti on Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 14:51

Vigilance with Regard to the Bodhicitta - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 4

By Satyakirti on Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 14:51

“The defilements do not dwell in objects, nor in the collection of the senses, nor in the space in between. There is nowhere else for them to dwell and yet they churn up the entire universe.”

In his fourth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, given on the weekly Padmaloka retreat, Padmavajra explores Shantideva’s discussion of vigilance (apramada) in relation to the cultivation of the Bodhicitta.

In this chapter, Shantideva takes a sober look at the promises he has made to liberate all beings and the...

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Going For Refuge: The basis of Everything

By Satyakirti on Sun, 19 Apr, 2020 - 15:53

Going For Refuge: The basis of Everything

By Satyakirti on Sun, 19 Apr, 2020 - 15:53

This talk by Padmavajra is offered especially to men who have asked for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. It was given in the shrine room on Monday April 13th 2020.

In this talk Padmavajra addresses how men can continue their ordination training during this time of lockdown, when it is not possible to attend retreats at Padmaloka. He draws particular attention to the Buddha’s vision of existence and his longing for escape. He also explores the existential act of Going for...

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A Feast of Happiness for the Caravan of Famished Beings - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 3

By Satyakirti on Thu, 16 Apr, 2020 - 14:52

A Feast of Happiness for the Caravan of Famished Beings - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 3

By Satyakirti on Thu, 16 Apr, 2020 - 14:52

“For the caravan of famished beings wandering the road of existence, hungry for the enjoyment of happiness, this is a feast of happiness offered as refreshment to all who come”.

In his third talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores themes from the third chapter, ‘The Full Acceptance of the Bodhicitta’, in which Shantideva describes the wonder of the arising of the Bodhicitta, the profound selflessness of the Bodhisattva Vow and the pride of being born as a Buddha son. The talk was...

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