Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: The Essential Revolution

By Zac on Sat, 12 Feb, 2022 - 06:00

The first talk in Padmavajra’s wonderful series on the Dhammapada, the most popular of early Buddhist texts. All of the Buddha’s core teachings are here - held in heart and mind there’s more than enough in the Dhammapada to take us as far in our practice as we can imagine, and then on beyond…

Talk recorded at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2007, as part of the series The Dhammapada - the Buddha’s Way of Truth.

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Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: What Happens When We Stop and Listen?

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is entitled ‘What happens when we stop and listen?’ from the talk ‘The Sound of Reality’ by Padmavajra.

This richly rewarding talk explores the place and function of sound in Buddhist practice and history, as well as within Padmavajra’s own spiritual life.

A wide-ranging cultural journey is made from John Coltrane to Sufi Qawwali, from mantra to Zen poetry, taking in Andre Gide, Renaissance Neoplatonism and the ancient Pali Verses en route. Not to...

Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

New Writing By Sangharakshita: Some Reflections On The Garava Sutta

By Sangharakshita on Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 16:11

New Writing By Sangharakshita: Some Reflections On The Garava Sutta

By Sangharakshita on Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 16:11

This new piece by Sangharakshita appeared originally on his own website.

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One is never too old to learn. It is only relatively late in my Dharma life that I have become more aware of or have focused on the Garava Sutta of the Pali Canon. This is not to say that I did not know of its existence but that it started having a significance for me that it had not had before. What struck me was...

Western Buddhist Review
Western Buddhist Review

Finding Out More About Early Buddhist Women

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Wed, 28 Dec, 2016 - 12:52

Finding Out More About Early Buddhist Women

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Wed, 28 Dec, 2016 - 12:52

With this post we present another fine review by Sarah Clelland of a recent work of scholarship on women monastics in early Buddhism.

Alice Collett, Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History, Oxford University Press, India, 2016

Review by Sarah Clelland

In Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns Alice Collett, now lecturer at Nālanda University in India, explores changing attitudes to women in Buddhism through the stories of six early nuns: Dhammadinnā, Khemā, Kisāgotamī, Paṭācārā, Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā and Uppalavaṇṇā. In the first half...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna’s first Pali symposium

By Munisha on Fri, 10 Jun, 2016 - 18:09

Triratna’s first Pali symposium

By Munisha on Fri, 10 Jun, 2016 - 18:09

Saturday 15th May saw Triratna’s first Pāli Symposium, in Cambridge, UK. Mitra Dr Sarah Clelland reports.

“Jayarava, Dhivan, Śraddhāpa, Jan Osborne and I met in the library of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre to read, translate and discuss two texts - some verses by the bhikkhunī Patācārā from the Therīgāthā, and the Kaccānagotta discourse by the Buddha – as well as investigating the meaning of the Pāli word sutta, which may not after all be the same as the Sanskrit word sūtra. 
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Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

The Greek Buddha?

By Candradasa on Tue, 22 Sep, 2015 - 18:44

The Greek Buddha?

By Candradasa on Tue, 22 Sep, 2015 - 18:44

Did the Buddha’s teaching really travel to ancient Greece and enter western philosophy by that route?

Over on The Western Buddhist Review, Dhivan looks at the evidence and teases out the questions that have to be asked, even of such an intriguing proposition…

Read ‘Pyrrho and the Buddha: Reasons to be Sceptical’

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