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FBA Podcast: The Loveliest Bodhisattvas

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 3 Oct, 2020 - 05:34

In this talk, Padmavajra explores the Altruistic dimension of Going for Refuge - The Bodhisattva Ideal - through Bhante’s poem ‘The Guardian Wall’.

He particularly explores the line in the poem: ‘The loveliest Bodhisattvas are the anonymous’ and what this means for somebody aspiring to practice the great ideal of the Bodhisattva.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the ‘Bodhisattva Ideal’ retreat in January 2020.

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These Are The Moments (The Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 32)

By Centre Team on Fri, 11 Sep, 2020 - 21:36

Hello again! We’re back for a new season of The Dharma Toolkit podcast. We’ve had a wee break, passed through fleeting summer, and are turning towards the first fall/autumn of these strange, pandemic times ready to renew our own sense of connection through community with you. Welcome aboard!

We begin again by following up and extending our previous mini-series ‘The Many Jewels: Buddhism, Writing and the Arts’ about the place of poetry and art in forming a response...

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FBA Podcast: Here, Then

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 29 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Subhadassi talks about dharma practice in challenging times, drawing on poetry & literature (Pablo Neruda & Franz Kafka) and the Perfection of Wisdom Tradition (especially the Heart Sutra). We also bump into the householder Vimalakirti, Subhadassi’s wife & children, the Diamond Sutra, Compassion, the Three Lakshanas & Hakuin along the way.

Talk given for...

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Getting Real With Viveka and Paramananda - Watch the whole series

By kusaladevi on Thu, 13 Aug, 2020 - 15:24

Getting Real With Viveka and Paramananda - Watch the whole series

By kusaladevi on Thu, 13 Aug, 2020 - 15:24

A reminder that you can revisit the series of conversations - “Getting Real” (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) with Viveka and Paramananda. Each episode features a different poem and is an honest, heartfelt and spontaneous communication and connection between two friends, exploring Dharma practice in our daily lives, as well as a short meditation at the end of each session.

In the first episode, Viveka is here exploring different ways we can listen deeply to one another and to...

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A River Under the River: Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 27

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 11 Aug, 2020 - 15:21

A River Under the River: Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 27

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 11 Aug, 2020 - 15:21

“[there’s] a river under the river”

Padmacandra, Varasahaya and Ananda explore the intersection of Buddhist practice with the arts, particularly in terms of writing, in this Dharma Toolkit podcast. The ‘Wolf at the Door’ features - a creative endeavour which seeks to foster the imagination - and homage is paid to the poetry of William Stafford along the way.

Join us for an inspiring conversation on how to access the heights and...

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Buddhist Responses to the Pandemic: Subscribe to our Podcasts

By kusaladevi on Fri, 7 Aug, 2020 - 13:23

Buddhist Responses to the Pandemic: Subscribe to our Podcasts

By kusaladevi on Fri, 7 Aug, 2020 - 13:23

A reminder that you can listen again to our Dharma Toolkit podcasts, covering a range of themes around Buddhist responses to the Pandemic, from reflections around personal practice, through current day issues such as Climate change and touching on themes of Beauty and the Arts as a response to times of crisis.

Here’s Episode 25, Ironic Points of light, where Nanadavajra and his friends Satyalila and Subhadassi reflect on W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1st, 1939 and the...

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Dharmabyte: Infinite Spaces + Boundless Awareness

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

It is possible to move our sense of who we are, our stories are changeable. Vidyamala invites us into the world of myth, symbol and poetry to challenge our fixed sense of self.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a fluid sense of oneself? Responding to whatever arises with kindness, with love, with compassion, with infinite creative potential.

She finishes emphasising kindness with a wonderful quote from Patrul Rimpoche: “Have a good heart and act with kindness. There is no higher teaching.”

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For the Earth, From the Sangha: Poetry Readings and Other Voices

By marysalome on Thu, 2 Jul, 2020 - 00:08

This is a companion recording to the series of podcasts I produced for Earth Week 2020: Hair On Fire - Buddhist Responses Turning Toward Climate Change

  1. Eva Soncin introduced Vimalasara.
     
  2. Vimalasara read “I am Africa” from her recently published book of poems, I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin, published by University of Alberta Press. It’s available at your favorite online book sellers, and on order from local independent bookstores.
     
  3. Paul Greenberg read excerpts
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Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 30 Jun, 2020 - 10:50

Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 30 Jun, 2020 - 10:50

Join Viveka and Paramananda for the final of their four live conversations, on Saturday 4th July

USA 9am PST | México 11am | USA 12pm EST | UK & IE 5pm | Europe 6pm CET

These conversations take place in Zoom and are approximately 60 minutes long. You can see their most recent conversation here on Facebook.

Visit our Events space to reserve a place and make a donation.

Viveka is the former Chair of the San Francisco Buddhist Center, a dynamic and popular meditation teacher and retreat leader, with profound experience...

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Into the Dark Wood (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 30)

By Centre Team on Wed, 24 Jun, 2020 - 01:58

Join us for a walk into the forest of the unknown. Enchantments await. Groves of images. Bridges to the unseen. A path that wanders lost until some deeper magic happens…

We are back in the realm of art and the making of images, the making of things, the making of meaning. Nagasiddhi’s trainings in technical sculpture, prop design and building, the rituals of puppetry, and carpentry with wood left by his father long ago - all these have prepared him for a...

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