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Buddhism and Politics - A Series by Vajragupta

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 24 Jul, 2021 - 15:53

Buddhism and Politics - A Series by Vajragupta

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 24 Jul, 2021 - 15:53

Should Buddhist sanghas and Buddhist Centres get involved in politics or remain politically neutral? When political debate can be so fractious and polarised, how can Buddhists make a helpful contribution?

In this ambitious and challenging series, Vajragupta asks us to reflect on our political views and conditioning, so as to come to a deeper appreciation of what a Buddhist perspective might be.

Stream and download ‘Buddhism and Politics’ by Vajragupta

A series of three talks given for Buddhist Action Month 2021.

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Sources of Inspiration: Paramananda and Friends

By Centre Team on Thu, 15 Apr, 2021 - 18:36

Sources of Inspiration: Paramananda and Friends

By Centre Team on Thu, 15 Apr, 2021 - 18:36

In ‘Sources of Inspiration’, Paramananda talks to his guests about what gets their spiritual juices flowing and has helped them stay inspired in their rich, committed Dharma lives. Each week his guests bring something along to share - and a depth conversation begins…

These conversations were aired live and unrehearsed, so who knows what might emerge to delight or surprise us! Tune in and find out some of the things that keep experienced Buddhists going in these difficult times.

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The Twelve Days of FBA (2020) - Day 8: 'Evolution or Extinction: Current World Problems’ by Sangharakshita

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 2 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

The Twelve Days of FBA (2020) - Day 8: 'Evolution or Extinction: Current World Problems’ by Sangharakshita

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 2 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

And today’s jewel in our Twelve Days of FBA celebration is selected by Sanghadhara, the most recent addition to the Dharmachakra team, who joined us in 2020 to bring his prodigious video skills to the project; helping us reach even more people on the fast-changing web!

Sanghadhara offers a classic talk by Sangharakshita entitled ‘Evolution or Extinction: Current World Problems’, given in 1971 and still deeply relevant today, 50 years later. This talk has been curated into a series...

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Buddhist Economics, Part 2 - Post-Pandemic (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 34)

By Centre Team on Wed, 21 Oct, 2020 - 21:56

A bonus episode with extra material from last episode’s wonderful conversation with Vaddhaka, author of ‘The Buddha On Wall Street’.

Listen to part 1 of this conversation

In part 2 of our discussion about the contribution Buddhism may have to make to all matters economic, we turn to the post-pandemic realities now faced around the world. The times prompt a reconsideration of the “attention economy” and its relationship to social inequality when everyone’s lives are much...

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Buddhist Centre Features

Buddhist Economics, Part 1 - Pre-Pandemic (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 33)

By Centre Team on Wed, 7 Oct, 2020 - 20:50

We’re back with the first episode in a two-part conversation about what Buddhism has to say to 21st C. economics in the wake of populist political tides, globalization and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to part 2 of this conversation

Vaddhaka is the author of The Buddha On Wall Street, a Buddhist critique of Neo-Liberal notions of capitalism. Expect a stirring, provocative discussion around the state of western democracies in relation to...

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Dharmabyte: Indra's Net and Social Action

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 5 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

The development of the individual is fundamental in transforming the world but at the same time it is important to recognize that external conditions can help or hinder us in our development. Vimalavajri talks of her personal involvement in the spheres of politics, feminism and Buddhism. 

Using Indra’s net as a classic Buddhist image of interconnectedness, the talk explores what the dharma might have to say about social or political action, and asks what helps when we feel overwhelmed or...

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FBA Podcast: Practice During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 27 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Partisan politics, hurricanes and earthquakes, mass shootings, nuclear threats … our world at times feels like a living nightmare. How do we as Buddhists respond, individually and as a sangha? And how do we keep our sanity?

“Practice During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty” given by Sunada on Sangha Day at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, Newmarket, NH, November 2017.

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By jvalamalini on Sun, 9 Jul, 2017 - 22:59

One of our talks for BAM in Bristol. From communist to Buddhist…. Vimalavajri talks of her personal involvement in the spheres of politics, feminism and Buddhism.  Using Indra’s net as a classic Buddhist image of interconnectedness, the talk explores what the dharma might have to say about social or political action, and asks what helps when we feel overwhelmed or stuck in ill-will.  If we really see Indra’s net, we will connect more deeply with life at all levels and...

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