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FBA Podcast: Sangharakshita as Teacher

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 13 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Subhuti shares his reflections on Urgyen Sangharakshita in the days following his death and funeral ceremony. He explores the double response to Sangharakshita as an effective Dharma teacher and former of Sangha alongside the various difficulties and paradoxes in his life.

The two last papers Sangharakshita wrote, completed just over two weeks before he died, examine the three main paths of Buddhism, among other things, and thereby offer three different ways of understanding his own role as...

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Dharmabyte: Not to be Defined

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 27 Jun, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is entitled ‘Not to be Defined’ by Jnanavaca.

Excerpted from the talk Is A Guru Necessary? Jnanavaca revisits one of Sangharakshita’s classic talks from 1970 and gives his contemporary reflections on its abiding relevance.

This was given as part of the London Buddhist Centre Dharma Night Series, Bhante Classics, September 2012.

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Mahamati - The Many Blessings of Sadhana

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 14 May, 2019 - 12:22

Mahamati gave a talk on the many blessings of sadhana at the November 2018 UK and Ireland Men’s Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana.

The weekend was hosted by some of the UK based members of the College of Public Preceptors but it was also the first gathering after the death of Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita.

The theme of the weekend was sadhana - “Among our many gifts from Bhante is sadhana. Sadhana can encompass our whole Dharma life. It can be a doorway...

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Dharmabyte: Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva Vow

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 9 May, 2019 - 14:00

“May I deliver all beings from difficulties; may I eradicate all passions; may I master all dharmas; may I lead all beings to Buddhahood.” This is the Bodhisattva’s resolve upon the awakening of the Bodhi Heart.

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva Vow by Sangharakshita. From the talk The Bodhisattva Vow given in 1969.

This talk is part of the series Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal.

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The Complete Works team at Adhisthana

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 15 Apr, 2019 - 12:24

The Complete Works team at Adhisthana

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 15 Apr, 2019 - 12:24

The beginning of April saw the publication of the four latest volumes in The Complete Works of Sangharakshita, bringing the total number of published volumes to twelve. With fifteen more volumes yet to be published, this ambitious project, due for completion in 2024, is almost at its halfway point. 

Last week members of the Complete Works team – most of them volunteers – met at Adhisthana to share their experiences of and perspectives on the project, including the challenges they’ve encountered and the lessons they’ve...

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Ananda - Recollections of Bhante

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 15 Apr, 2019 - 12:22

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

Ananda was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order (then the Western Buddhist Order) on the 7th April 1968, which makes him the most long-standing member of our Order. 

In this full and frank conversation with Satyalila, Ananda speaks about his own spiritual journey in the Triratna Buddhist Order and his relationship with Bhante, Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of that Order.

From his first impressions of...

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Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 12 Apr, 2019 - 11:24

Triratna International Gathering 2019: Alchemy of the Dharma

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 12 Apr, 2019 - 11:24

Booking is now open for the 2019 Triratna International Gathering which will take place at Adhisthana, UK, from 22-26 August! This biennial event brings together large numbers of the Triratna Buddhist Community from around Europe for a feast of inspiration, stimulation and fun. All are welcome, including children. 

The theme of the 2019 gathering is ‘Alchemy of the Dharma’. Alchemy is the magical art of turning base materials into gold, a potent metaphor for what we are trying to do in our Dharma lives. How...

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Podcast - Vidyadevi on 'The Complete Works of Sangharakshita'

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 8 Apr, 2019 - 13:50

There’s something about coming at it all fresh and trying to see the patterns in it and bring it together in its different ‘baskets’…

Vidyadevi is an editor of ‘The Complete Works of Sangharakshita’ which aims to be the definitive edition of Sangharakshita’s life’s work as a Buddhist writer and teacher.

In this conversation she talks about the various different people who are involved in making this project happen, its significance, what it’s like working on it now that Sangharakshita has died, and her...

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FBA Podcast: Dr Ambedkar and His Importance For the Future of Buddhism

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 Mar, 2019 - 13:00

Our FBA Podcast this week is by Vajratara entitled Dr Ambedkar and His Importance For the Future of Buddhism. Vajratara argues that Dr Ambedkar is not just relevant for India or for the oppressed, but essential for modern Buddhism all over the world, challenging us to move beyond a comfortable Buddhism that fits neatly into modern consumer society.

The talk was given at a retreat at Rivendell for young people comparing the teachings of Dr Ambedkar and...

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Dharmashalin

By Satyalila on Fri, 29 Mar, 2019 - 17:45

This is living a Dharma life. This is actually applying it. This is mess in progress.

Dharmashalin

Dharmashalin’s Annals
In 1968 I was not even a glint in my father’s eye. My parents first met on the 5th of September 1969 when my Mum showed my Dad where the canteen was on his first day of work.

In 1978 I was born on the 16th of June.

In 1988 I was 10 years old, totally absorbed in the world of Dungeons and Dragons....

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