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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Kindness - A Poem & A Story

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Jul, 2018 - 11:30

This Dharmabyte podcast is the reading of the poem ‘Kindness’, by Naomi Shihab Nye (1952) followed by the back story to the poem.

‘Kindness: A Poem & A Story’, by Ratnaguna, is a commentary on two poems: ‘Singapore’ by Mary Oliver and ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye. In this excerpt we hear of the latter poem.

The full talk, The Tender Gravity of Kindness, was by Ratnaguna on Sangha Night at...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Science and Poetry - new writing from Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 11:33

Science and Poetry - new writing from Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 11:33

After reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Carlo Rovelli’s Reality Is Not What It Seems, in this piece written over three nights towards the end of June 2018, Sangharakshita reflects on the connection between science and poetry, and their common language of insight, intuition, inspiration and imagination.

This piece is open to all and can be read on Sangharakshita’s website: Science and Poetry: A Note along with other articles he has written.

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: A Prayer to the Moon

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 14 May, 2018 - 12:51

In this Dharmabyte podcast, ‘A Prayer to the Moon’, Paramananda shares a David White poem about the moon as a means of expressing consciousness that is inspired by longing for something greater than us.

From a talk called ‘The Moon’ given at the West London Buddhist Centre.

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Manjusvara

By Satyalila on Thu, 3 May, 2018 - 15:00

Who needs perfection?  

Perfection is useless in the human life…

Listen to two component conversations with Manjusvara—and subscribe to the Buddhist Voices podcast for more full-length recordings from Fifty Years, Fifty Voices.

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A few months ago I remembered that I’d heard a talk Manjusvara gave in 2007 called ‘20 years in the WBO’ on the 20th anniversary of his ordination. I thought it might contain some useful material for this project, so I looked it up on Free Buddhist Audio, only to discover that it...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Ananda

By Satyalila on Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 22:55

So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…

Listen to the whole conversation with Ananda—and subscribe to the Buddhist Voices podcast for more full-length recordings from Fifty Years, Fifty Voices.

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Ananda’s Annals 
In 1968 I was a 24 year old hippy living in a Buddhist commune in Purley.  I was also a sound engineer working at the BBC.  I was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in April 1968.

In 1978 I...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: A Conversation About Poetry

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 2 Apr, 2018 - 12:00

In this Dharmabyte podcast, “A Conversation About Poetry “, from Maitreyabandhu’s Book Launch of his two new books: The Journey and the Guide; and Yarn, a new collection of poems.

In conversation with Visuddhimati, he discusses his life, his writing, and stresses the importance of making time to do nothing. At the North London Buddhist Centre, 28th September 2015.

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: A Darkness was Ripped From My Eyes

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 2 Apr, 2018 - 11:51

We’ve titled this FBA Dharmabyte podcast “A Darkness Was Ripped From My Eyes”, a line from the poem, Singapore, by Mary Oliver, recited with commentary offered by Ratnaguna. As our eyes open to the lives of others, we try to run away from what we do not like. We think there is nothing we can do, or is there?

From the talk, The Tender Gravity of Kindness, by Ratnaguna, a commentary on two...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

The Gifts We Have Been Given By Sangharakshita

By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 13 Feb, 2018 - 09:32

A day at the 2018 Triratna Order 50th anniversary Convention in Bodhgaya, India, paying tribute to the source of the Order itself: the life and work of our founder Urgyen Sangharakshita. Here are four short talks with Order members from around the world evoking the gifts we have received as an Order and community from Sangharakshita.

Recorded at Bodhgaya, India, February 2018.

See all posts from the 2018 International Order Convention

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Abhaya On Beauty and The Imagination as Ways to Liberation - New Podcast

By Centre Team on Wed, 24 Jan, 2018 - 14:51

A deep-dive of a conversation between Abhaya and Satyalila, framing the practice of the Dharma as a path towards beauty, letting go, and liberation of the heart and mind. 

Abhaya speaks frankly about the very early days of the FWBO (now Triratna) and how his understanding of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s systematic approach has evolved alongside his personal connection to his teacher and friend. We also hear how his early inspiration around the Tibetan text translated as ‘Self Liberation Through Seeing with Naked...

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