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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 - read more articles and interviews there.

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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...

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Dharmabyte: Why We Fear Death

By Centre Team on Mon, 29 Feb, 2016 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte explores four reasons “Why We Fear Death” drawn by Kulaprabha from the Abhaya Sutta in the Pali Canon. It’s a lovely segment from a larger talk looking at the roots of fear, how it relates to change and transformation in spiritual practice, and how we can live more fearlessly.

From the talk “System of Meditation Retreats – Spiritual Death, Fear and Fearlessness”.

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Dharmabyte: The Conversion of Shariputra

By Rijupatha on Wed, 22 Jul, 2015 - 13:49

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “The Conversion of Shariputra” by Sangharakshita, from the talk “The Meaning of the Dharma” given in 1968.

Dharma is the experience of reality, and also the expression of that experience in the form of the Buddha’s teaching, especially the law of conditionality. It is the raft that carries you to Enlightenment, the further shore; it is whatever helps you to develop spiritually.

This talk is part of the series ...

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Dharmabyte: The Story of Hatthaka

By Rijupatha on Thu, 9 Jul, 2015 - 17:46

More storytelling! Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “The Story of Hatthaka”, an excerpt from the talk of the same title by Ratnaprabha. A brilliantly told story from the Pali Canon, about Hatthaka, who used the 4 sangraha vastus, the four means of creating a sangha, to do exactly that. The four are: generosity, kindly speech, good works or action and exemplification. Ratnaprabha explains these in the companion talk: The 4 Sangraha vastus.

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Dharmabyte: The Story of Little Ugly

By Rijupatha on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 11:00

Best-known stories brought together humour and lightness in Buddhist scriptures. Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “The Story of Little Ugly” from the talk, “Encounters with Enlightenment”, by Saddhaloka, the author of a book of re-tellings of stories from the Pali Canon, the oldest collection of texts about the life and teachings of the Buddha. Here Saddhaloka talks about the tradition of storytelling in Buddhism, and recounts some of his own favourites. His obvious love of...

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Dharmabyte: Reality's Unfolded, What's Next?

By Rijupatha on Thu, 7 May, 2015 - 18:14

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Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is brought to us by Vajratara, entitled “Reality’s Unfolded, What’s Next?.” Vajratara condenses nearly 50 years of the Buddha’s life, using stories from the Pali Canon to show how the Buddha built a spiritual community that lasts to this day. Transcending the conflict between the desire to withdraw and the desire to engage, the Buddha wanders northern India out of compassion,...

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Dharmabyte: Stories from the Pali Canon

By Rijupatha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2015 - 11:00

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In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Stories from the Pali Canon,” Saddhaloka talks about the tradition of storytelling in Buddhism, and recounts some of his own favourites. His obvious love of the tales comes shining through – sit back and enjoy…Saddhaloka is the author of a book of re-tellings of stories from the Pali Canon, the oldest collection of texts about the life and teachings...

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Dharmabyte: What is Wrong Livelihood?

By Rijupatha on Mon, 26 Jan, 2015 - 21:16
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Today’s FBA Dharmabyte entitled “What is Wrong Livelihood?”, is excerpted from a 1968 talk by Sangharakshita, “The Ideal Society: Right Livelihood”. Here he discusses what could be considered wrong livelihood, based on the Buddha’s teachings in the scriptures.

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