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The Middle Way Podcast: Sangharakshita and the Middle Way

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 12:42

The Middle Way Podcast: Sangharakshita and the Middle Way

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 12:42

The Middle Way Society is an international group for the study, promotion and practice of the Middle Way.  In June, Robert M. Ellis, a member of the Society, interviewed Sangharakshita about the Middle Way for their podcast.  The conversation covered much ground: starting with an exploration of the Middle Way in the context of the Buddha’s life, it moves into the areas of right effort, eternalism and nihilism, rebirth, livelihood and more.

The Middle Way ultimately is a matter of practice. One

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Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Chittamatra (Mind Only)

Posted by Sadayasihi to Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 28 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is called Chittamatra (‘Mind-Only’) from the talk The Depth Psychology of the Yogachara by Sangharakshita.

The Yogachara School of Indian Mahayana Buddhism and its doctrine of ‘Mind-Only’ (Chittamatra) crucially influenced the development of Zen. Here the doctrine is related to subjective and absolute idealism in Western philosophy. 

This talk was given in 1967 and is part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology.

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Intellectual Understanding is not Enough

Posted by Sadayasihi to Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 26 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘Intellectual understanding is not enough’ from the talk ‘The Turning About in the Deepest Seat of Consciousness’ by Sangharakshita.

The ‘turning about’ or paravrtti is described in the Yogachara school of Buddhism in terms of the transformation of the eight ordinary kinds of discriminating consciousness into the five Transcendental Wisdoms of the Buddhas.

N.B. Poor original recording. This talk is part of the series The Meaning of Conversion...

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New Writings from Sangharakshita, 2015-2018

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Wed, 20 Jun, 2018 - 15:11

Sangharakshita’s writings from 2015 to 2018 are open to all and are now available in Kindle, ePub and PDF format.

You can find them individually on his website.  There are thirty pieces altogether, covering a wide range of topics. The two most recent pieces, from April-May 2018, are Dreams Old and New 1 and 2, where Sangharakshita recalls some of the dream worlds he has inhabited, including ashrams, churches, woodlands, and outer space. ...

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Espace Sangha de Paris
Espace Sangha de Paris

Le goût de la liberté

Posted by Ujumani to Espace Sangha de Paris on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 20:48

Hier soir, à la soirée Sangha, nous avons étudié les trois premières des dix entraves qui nous lient à l’existence mondaine, au samsara. Ce sont l’entrave de l’existence du soi, l’entrave de l’attachement aux observances religieuses (rites et rituels) comme à des fins en elles-mêmes, et l’entrave du doute et de l’indécision.

Sangharakshita, dans un texte intitulé Le goût de la liberté, décrit ces entraves d’une façon très utile : il en parle en termes d’habitude, de superficialité et d’imprécision.

Je vous joins ce texte,...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #5 Meditation for Transformation

Posted by Sadayasihi to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 16:51

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #5 Meditation for Transformation

Posted by Sadayasihi to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 16:51

The object of meditation is to transform oneself, not to have good meditations

Sangharakshita, Peace is a Fire

What Meditation Is and What It Isn’t
Often one of the first things one learns when one comes into contact with Buddhism - and sometimes even before that - is meditation. However, it is not always clear exactly what meditation is, or easy to articulate it! In the last 5 years of The Buddhist Centre Online there have...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Wed, 6 Jun, 2018 - 10:25

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Wed, 6 Jun, 2018 - 10:25

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

“As we come to the end of May, Adhisthana has become quite steamy. What with the hot summery weather and then the last few days of heavy showers and thunderstorms the air is humid and the hills have disappeared in a white haze of moisture. Having said all that, it’s been a glorious time for the gardens and gardening. Many new plants have gone in and now they...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Vessantara

Posted by Satyalila to Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 31 May, 2018 - 15:00

…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities, and that’s what started Triratna…

 Vessantara’s Annals
In 1968 I’m 18, and spend eight months working in clerical jobs, earning money before going to Cambridge University to study English. I’ve adopted a hippie view of the world and spend hours in my friend Les Doyle’s attic bedroom, which is painted black and decorated with silver foil, listening to early Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. I’m reading about eastern religions,...

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Understanding Blake: A Triratna Blake Reader

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 17:35

Understanding Blake: A Triratna Blake Reader

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 17:35

Satyalila and Prajnamati have put together A Triratna Blake Reader, offering a friendly way in to understanding Blake and the light he can shed on Bhante’s presentation of the Dharma.

It begins with Bhante’s essay ‘Buddhism and William Blake’ first published in the heyday of the ‘Blake era’ around the London Buddhist Centre. Blake was ‘in the air’ just as he’s been around ‘in the DNA’ of Bhante’s approach to the Dharma.

The second piece is Satyalila’s talk from the last Blake retreat at...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 15:09

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Wed, 2 May, 2018 - 15:09

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

“Spring only really fully arrived towards the end of April, and it was less than a month ago that the gardens were covered in our last batch of snowfall. But, yes, eventually after what felt like weeks of watching tulip flowers develop buds and slowly watching them rise up on their stems, and slowly see buds swelling, we had a few days of warm weather and sunshine, and...

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