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Dharmabyte: The Buddha as Transcendental Guest

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

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “The Buddha as Transcendental Guest” from the talk “The Symbolism of Offerings and Self-Sacrifice” by Sangharakshita. In this lecture we are shown how the symbolism of ritual offerings originated in the Hinayana and Mahayana, and later flowered with the Tantric offerings, particularly the offering of the Mandala.

Part of the series “Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment”, given in 1971.

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Magic Rites

By Rijupatha on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 11:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “Magic Rites”. From the talk, “The Symbolism of Colours and Mantric Sound”, where Sangharakshita explores the rich symbolic significance of colour and sound, highlighting their role as crucial agents of transformation. The lecture concludes with a brief introduction to the figure of Manjughosha, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom.

Talk given in 1971. This talk is part of the series “Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabytes: Receiving the Green Tara Sadhana

By Rijupatha on Wed, 22 Jul, 2015 - 14:04

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “Receiving the Green Tara Sadhana.” Here’s an excerpt from a great treat from Taraloka Retreat Centre, where Sangharakshita inaugurates their new shrine cabin dedicated to Tara – the radiant Bodhisattva of compassion, inspiration to many who lead a Buddhist life aspiring to beauty and a steady openness in the face of the mysteries of existence.

From the talk, “On Tara”, by Sangharakshita.

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FBA Podcast: Buddhism and the Language of Myth

By Rijupatha on Sat, 4 Jul, 2015 - 11:00

This week’s FBA Podcast entitled “Buddhism and the Language of Myth” is part of the series “Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism” by Sangharakshita. Buddhism is the most rational of religions. But it appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so. Examples are four ‘myths’ from the Buddha’s biography, here correlated with four of Jung’s archetypes.

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Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Windhorse Evolution Closes - A Final Ritual (Extended Highlights)

By Candradasa on Sat, 4 Apr, 2015 - 20:58

Windhorse Evolution Closes - A Final Ritual (Extended Highlights)

By Candradasa on Sat, 4 Apr, 2015 - 20:58

After 35 years of trading as Buddhist Right Livelihood business in the UK, Windhorse:Evolution closed its doors. They did so in an exemplary way - with no debts, helping their Fair Trade suppliers to make a difficult transition, and taking very good care of all their employees. 

Here are extended highlights from the workers’ final ritual in Cambridge, UK, on March 26th 2015. 

Footage and photography by Ivan Villamar Trujillo as part of The Buddhist Centre Online’s...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 5: A Puja To Amoghasiddhi

By Centre Team on Sat, 21 Mar, 2015 - 18:18
A strong, stirring puja dedicated to Amoghasiddhi, the archetypal, unstoppable green Buddha of the North. This ritual features dedicated sections and readings that call forth Amoghasiddhi’s great qualities of fearlessness as well as the magical realm he inhabits. We are also treated to words enjoining us to practise empathy and sympathetic joy (mudita) in all our relationship. This puja includes some beautiful mantra chanting and lovely verses to Green Tara, Amoghasiddhi’s consort, used to help face and overcome our fears…...
Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava

By viriyalila on Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 - 23:31

The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava

By viriyalila on Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 - 23:31Attend this micro-retreat and explore one of the most engaging figures in Buddhist myth and history. Credited as the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, Padmasambhava’s biography is rich in symbol and archetype. We will focus on a few key stories from his life through meditation, readings, discussion and some simple ritual. Led by Suddhayu.

Nov 22 Padmasambhava, Part II, 9-1 pm

You do not need to have attended part I to come to part II.

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Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Padmasambhava Puja

By viriyalila on Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 - 22:26

Padmasambhava Puja

By viriyalila on Tue, 23 Sep, 2014 - 22:26The new moon of September is a day dedicated to Padmasambhava, a great Buddhist teacher from the 8th century. Join us for an evening of meditation, ritual and readings of sacred texts as we explore the archetype of the tantric guru.

Wednesday, September 24th, 7 - 9 pm
Portsmouth Buddhist Center, 84 Pleasant Street, 2nd Floor
Earth Metta Sangha
Earth Metta Sangha

Inner Work meets Worldly Action > People's Climate March @ 21st Sept 2014

By Christine on Sun, 7 Sep, 2014 - 23:36

Inner Work meets Worldly Action > People's Climate March @ 21st Sept 2014

By Christine on Sun, 7 Sep, 2014 - 23:36On September 21st, thousands will take to the streets to motivate the UN Earth Summit (NYC) to take ambitious action on the climate crisis. Anticipated as the biggest unified campaign of our time, Buddhist presence has much to add.

On this day, we’ll engage in rituals of both spiritual and worldly realms. Following a morning of meditation and ritual at the Centre, we’ll join the Sheffield Rivers Rally (organized by Sheffield Climate Alliance) for an afternoon of...
Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Triratna International Council 2014 - Puja!

By Candradasa on Tue, 12 Aug, 2014 - 08:06
A strong puja from the 2014 Triratna International Council, featuring an extract from the Avatamsaka (Flower Garland) Sutra, the Maitreya Mantra beautifully harmonized, the Ratana Sutta, and the Refuges and Precepts and Shakyamuni Mantra chanted Indian style…

We present here the full puja followed by key extracts.

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