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Dharmabyte: The Caves

By Rijupatha on Thu, 10 Dec, 2015 - 11:00

We’ve been moved to share an abundant handful of Sangharakshita’s writings and poems over the next few weeks. Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is an excerpt from “The Caves of Bhaja”, a moving poem in memory of Dharmachari Anagarika Maha Dhammavira, written, introduced and read by Sangharakshita. Full talk available here: “The Caves of Bhaja”.

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FBA Podcast: Sangharakshita – Facing Mount Kanchenjunga

By Rijupatha on Sat, 5 Dec, 2015 - 11:00

We’ve been inspired to share writings and poems by Bhante Sangharakshita this month. Our FBA Podcast today, “Sangharakshita – Facing Mount Kanchenjunga”, is a delightful talk from 1991. Sangharakshita starts by reading an extract from the new volume of his autobiography, Facing Mount Kanchenjunga. He follows this by talking about and reading eight poems that he composed in Kalimpong which give a real feel for his appreciation of the place but also for...

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Dharmabyte: The Lotus of Compassion

By Rijupatha on Thu, 3 Dec, 2015 - 11:00

We’ve been moved to share an abundant handful of Sangharakshita’s poems over the next few weeks. Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a poem entitled “The Lotus of Compassion”. Selected from “Conquering New Worlds”, read by the author and published by Windhorse Publications, Glasgow, 1986.

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Dharmabyte: The Bodhisattva’s Reply

By Rijupatha on Mon, 30 Nov, 2015 - 11:00

We’ve been moved to share an abundant handful of Sangharakshita’s poems over the next few weeks. Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a poem entitled “The Bodhisattva’s Reply”. Selected from “Conquering New Worlds”, read by the author and published by Windhorse Publications, Glasgow, 1986.

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FBA Podcast: Sangharakshita – Reading Poems About Friendship

By Rijupatha on Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 11:00

We’ve been inspired to share poems by Bhante Sangharakshita this month. Our FBA Podcast today is an unusual, early, talk from Sankharakshita which will be new to most people. “Sangharakshita – Reading Poems About Friendship”. Bhante was invited by the Croydon Arts Centre, in 1990, to choose, discuss and read poems about friendship. His selection ranges from the Epic of Gilgamesh to 20th century poets and clearly shows Sangharakshitas love of poetry and...

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Dharmabyte: The Modern Bard

By Rijupatha on Thu, 26 Nov, 2015 - 11:00

We’ve been moved to share an abundant handful of Sangharakshita’s poems over the next few weeks. Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a poem entitled “The Modern Bard”. Selected from “An Autobiographical Sequence of Poems”, read by the author and recorded at FWBO celebrations in London, September 1990.

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Maitreyabandhu - Poetry and Receptivity

By Candradasa on Tue, 24 Nov, 2015 - 18:47

Maitreyabandhu - Poetry and Receptivity

By Candradasa on Tue, 24 Nov, 2015 - 18:47

It’s not too late to join the Urban Retreat! 

A lovely short talk by Maitreyabandhu, illuminating why poetry is itself an act of receptivity and requires that of us as readers and, in the context of an Urban Retreat, Buddhist practitioners. Taking as his source Kay Ryan’s poem ‘The Niagara River’ we get a simple but encouraging close reading of how poetry can help us slow down, take things in, and really...

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Munisha Introducing the Urban Retreat - Via Bach and Poetry...

By Candradasa on Mon, 23 Nov, 2015 - 17:47

If you haven’t joined in with the Urban Retreat online, there’s still time! Already a wonderful, inspiring event - some great retreat teaching (only the introductory posts are visible if you aren’t taking part), and the chance to witness moving practice going on around the world…

Here’s Munisha’s lovely introduction from the Stockholm sangha in Sweden.

The music is “Erbarme Dich”, from the St Matthew Passion by JS Bach, with mezzo soprano Janet Baker. The poem is ‘A High Blue Day...

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Dharmabyte: The White Calf

By Rijupatha on Mon, 23 Nov, 2015 - 11:00

We’ve been moved to share an abundant handful of Sangharakshita’s poems over the next few weeks. Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a poem entitled “The White Calf”. Selected from “An Autobiographical Sequence of Poems”, read by the author and recorded at FWBO celebrations in London, September 1990.

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The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Introductory Talk: Parami - Living In The Greater Mandala

By parami on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 12:15

Introductory Talk: Parami - Living In The Greater Mandala

By parami on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 12:15

Parami gives the introductory talk for the 2015 Triratna International Urban Retreat live in Adelaide, Australia. Her theme - and the theme of the whole retreat - is ‘Living in the Greater Mandala’, and she brings this alive in the most human, poetic, and inspired of ways.

Her range is broad as she evokes the mandala itself, and the profound, playful path of the Bodhisattva. Calling forth Rumi and Hafiz, the great Buddhist Perfection of Wisdom texts, Keats, Yeats, Robert...

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