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Dharmabytes: Looking for the Historical Buddha

By Centre Team on Thu, 14 Dec, 2023 - 11:00

Vishvapani traces his own relationship to the Buddha, from early family connections arising out of the turmoil of war to his experience of writing the book itself. In doing so he explores the tricky work of trying to engage with the imagination constrained and disciplined by the historical evidence. What emerges from his work with the Pali texts is a portrait of the Buddha and his world where it’s impossible to miss the vital sense of a...

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The Discourse On the Not-Self Characteristic

By Centre Team on Sat, 23 Sep, 2023 - 11:00

The Discourse On the Not-Self Characteristic

By Centre Team on Sat, 23 Sep, 2023 - 11:00

Dhivan discusses the Discourse on the Not-Self Characteristic or Anattalakkhana Sutta (also known as the Discourse to the Group of Five or Pañcavaggiya Sutta), believed to be the second discourse given by the Buddha. This talk was given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2017, as part of the series Discourses from the Pali Canon.

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Dharmabytes: Sitting With Uncertainty

By Centre Team on Mon, 14 Aug, 2023 - 11:00

Ratnaghosha reflects on the Chanki Sutta, a story of a young Brahmin who questions the Buddha and receives a teaching about truth and the fundamental importance of faith.

An excerpt from the talk entitled The Chanki Sutta given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Complete Works sneak peek Volume 15

By Windhorse Publi... on Wed, 10 May, 2023 - 09:55

Complete Works sneak peek Volume 15

By Windhorse Publi... on Wed, 10 May, 2023 - 09:55

We’ll be publishing the next three new volumes in The Complete Works of Sangharakshita in August. In our last newsletter, we kicked off a series of sneak peeks into the new volumes with Volume 8: Beating the Dharma Drum: India Writings II. This week, we invite you to explore Volume 15.

The Complete Works of Sangharakshita

Volume 15: Pāli Canon Teachings and Translations

For Sangharakshita, the Dhammapada was ‘a source of inspiration, encouragement, and guidance for well over fifty years. Indeed, I sometimes think that...

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Dharmabytes: This Human Situation

By Zac on Thu, 19 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

Samantabhadri explores what it was like to meet the Buddha, the fully Enlightened human being. She then discusses ‘garava’ as devotion for the whole richness of our Dharma Lives, including positive emotions for all beings.

From the talk entitled Turning Towards the Buddha: The True Nature of Devotion given on the Women’s Area Order Weekend held at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2022.

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Dharmabytes: Wisdom Comes Through Silence

By Zac on Mon, 16 Jan, 2023 - 06:00

The final 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…

From the talk Flowers - Dhammapada Verses 44 to 59, part of the series The Dhammapada - the Buddha’s...

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Dharmabyte: Cultivating Wholesome Friends and Companions

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

Padmasuri shares the story of Hatthaka who wanted all his friends to meet and hear the Buddha, and then was praised by the Buddha for having many wonderful spiritual qualities. From the talk The Buddha Was a Friend As We Can Be a Friend at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2013.

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FBA Podcast: The Tale of Maha-Kassapa

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

Amoghavajra takes us back 2,500 years to the Kingdom of Magadha in Northern India to the birth of a boy called Kassapa. He grows up happily and as he gets older he becomes less and less worldly. Kassapa marries Bhadda who has equally renunciant tendancies. They both go forth together.

Kassapa meets the Buddha, becomes his disciple and gains Enlightenment. He is known as a superb meditator and was foremost among the bhikkus for practising austerities. According to Amoghavajra’s story,...

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Dharmabyte: Maturing The Heart

By Zac on Thu, 17 Nov, 2022 - 06:00

In a sutta from the Udana, Meghiya overestimates his spiritual development and sees the goal in terms of his own individual, personal development. Vadanya shares some reflections on the Meghiya Sutta on the theme of learning about yourself in solitude as well as in relationship to others in the Sangha.

From the talk Meghiya and The Path - Beyond Individualism given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2007.

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Dharmabyte: Conversion of a Troll

By Zac on Mon, 14 Nov, 2022 - 06:00

Ratnaprabha is a brilliant storyteller. Here, he shares the Alavaka Sutta where an troll tries to trick the Buddha with a series of spiritual questions, which the Buddha answers with calmness and clarity, converting the troll to become a Dharmapala, a protector of the Dharma. 

From the full talk entitled The Story Hatthaka given at Stockholm Buddhist Centre, 2007, as part of a two-part series with the companion talk: ...

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