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Dharmabyte: Practice - Individual, Group + Sangha

By Zac on Mon, 5 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

How do we retain our individuality while practicing with other people? Are we true individuals, or are we rebels, and are the two really that different? Karunadevi  explores the dangers and benefits of practicing within a sangha using the Buddha’s teaching on the mental fetters and various commentaries by Sangharakshita.

From the talk The Individual, the Group and the Spiritual Community given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, 2007.

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Dharmabyte: Being Human

By Zac on Thu, 1 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Vajragupta draws out aspects of aloneness and connectedness of this being human. From the talk Sangha and Commitment given at Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Group, 2016.

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Jyotipala (Highlights)

By Zac on Fri, 26 Aug, 2022 - 08:54

I must say, a couple of years before that, I’d actually – in one of my sober moments – not alcoholically, but… emotionally. I’d realised what an idiot I’d been in resigning.

Jyotipala’s Annals

In 1968 I was married and living in Brighton, working as a house painter.

In 1978 I left my wife, got ordained, and moved into the Aryatara community in Purley (not in that order).

In 1988 I was in India as an Anagarika [in robes], where I had been since 1981. I spent most...

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Dharmabyte: Practicing Patience

By Zac on Mon, 22 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Trusting Love

Maitrisiddhi shows us the importance and value in holding the ideal of spiritual friendship alongside the reality of life in the Sangha. Our teacher Sangharakshita has said: “It is in friendship (maitri) that we may find the emotional equivalent of the intellectual understanding of the doctrine of ‘no self’”. The gift of these teachings can help us move beyond self-clinging into a deeper and far more mysterious connection with one another; a Greater Love.

Excerpted from the talk entitled ...

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FBA Podcast: The Reality of Spiritual Friendship

By Zac on Sat, 20 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Here and Now

Ratnaghosha explores the Buddha’s teaching of spiritual friendship being the whole of the spiritual life. The talk is wide ranging, going into what spiritual friendship is and also how Buddhism sees the nature of reality. This talk was given at Nottingham Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Turning Towards

By Zac on Mon, 15 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Sangha as a Spiritual Practice 

Saravantu talks about one of Triratna’s emphases - a unified Order - by looking inwards. If we turn away from elements of our own character, we will find ourselves turning away from others. A unified Order needs us to be able to turn towards all aspects of ourselves. From the talk An Inclusive Order -Turning Away, Turning Towards, Meeting the Shadows In Ourselves and Others, a practical talk that includes helpful exercises...

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FBA Podcast: Live United

By Zac on Sat, 30 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Spiritual Friendship in Action

Vidyadaka speaks here on the second part Dhardo Rimpoche’s motto ‘Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love’ by exploring how we actually do this and drawing out deeper aspects of its meaning. Firstly, we need to live united with ourselves, then learn to live united with others, with our teachers and with reality.
Covering themes such as the true individual, spiritual friendship, vertical communication, and renunciation, this talk was given at ...

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Dharmabyte: Going Beyond Ourselves

By Zac on Wed, 27 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Friendship in the Spiritual Life

Sudrishti celebrates sangha, community, spiritual friendship with this talk on Kalyana Mitrata. Enlightened beings exemplify unconditional, unlimited love – something we as unenlightened beings can emulate and draw inspiration from to transform our relationships, self and world.

Excerpted from the talk The Good Friend given on Buddha Day at Sydney Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Community Sangha is Vital

By Zac on Mon, 25 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Going Beyond Duality

How do we go beyond the duality of subject and object, self and other, to experience the true nature of reality? Jnanavaca shares how the practice of sangha is vital in making spiritual progress.

From the talk What Is Sangha & Kalyana Mitrata? Given at London Buddhist Centre as part of the series The Bi-Tendential Value of Being & The Greater Mandala, 2019.

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FBA Podcast: The Jewel in the Lotus

By Zac on Sat, 25 Jun, 2022 - 06:00

Sraddhagita explores in a quietly effective, down-to-earth way one of the great central images of Mahayana Buddhism, usually associated with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

This talk was given at the London Buddhist Centre, 2007.

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