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Dharmabytes: What is Perfect Vision?

By Centre Team on Mon, 15 Jan, 2024 - 11:00

The Eightfold Path is divided into Paths of Vision and of Transformation. Sangharakshita illustrates how perfect vision can arise, and concludes by showing how Buddhists have communicated their vision of reality in conceptual and imaginative terms.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Nature of Existence: Right Understanding, as part of the series The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path given in 1968.

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Dharmabytes: Embracing a Buddhafield

By Centre Team on Thu, 9 Nov, 2023 - 11:00

Sangharakshita shares a verse full of reverence, joy and insight by Rantakara who praises the Buddha in the Vimalakirti Nirdesa. Excerpted from the talk Building the Buddha Land, 1979, part of the series The Inconceivable Emancipation - Themes from the Vimalakirti Nirdesha. This lecture deals in depth with what a Buddha Land is, how and by whom it comes to be built, and what all of this has to do with...

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FBA Podcast: A Deeper Rhythm

By Centre Team on Sat, 28 Oct, 2023 - 11:00

Vishvapani explores the dynamic vision of Urgyen Sangharakshita in setting up a new Buddhist movement in the West, and asks how we might relate to him now. His central reference point in this provocative and moving talk is the Padmasambhava Abisheka - the initiation received by Sangharakshita in Kalimpong, India, in 1962 from the great Tibetan Lama, Kachu Rimpoche. The energy emanating from a simple shrine room–location of that significant meeting in Sangharakshita’s life–reverberates through everything that came...

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Dharmabytes: Seeing The Big Picture

By Centre Team on Mon, 2 Oct, 2023 - 11:00

How do you get used to being Enlightened? What happened to the Buddha in the weeks after his breakthrough experience? Kamalashila explores these questions in two ways - using the framework of the Western Buddhist Order’s system of meditation to shed light on the process that unfolded in the Bodhisattva’s mind and body as Enlightenment dawned; and connecting us imaginatively with the symbolism and image of Muchalinda, the great serpent, coiling his body protectively round the meditating Buddha.


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FBA Podcast: Entering the Sangha

By Centre Team on Sat, 9 Sep, 2023 - 11:00

Sangharakshita goes to Buddhafield! A first for him, and a first for the fabulous Buddhafield Festival that takes place each year at the height of the English summer. This talk was given in a tent in Devon - and the sounds of this great Dharma celebration are everywhere around as Sangharakshita marks his entry to the ‘Dharma Parlour’ with a rolling set of thoughts and reminiscences and encouragements to practice. We move from India at the time of...

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Dharmabytes: Clinging Constitutes the Fetter

By Centre Team on Thu, 7 Sep, 2023 - 11:00

Amidst the complexity of Buddhist teachings, we can discern a distinctive essence lying behind the various historical forms which developed to convey the Buddha’s oral message.

Excerpted from the talk The Nature and Development of Buddhism given by Sangharakshita, 1968.

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Dharmabytes: A Training in Humility

By Centre Team on Thu, 24 Aug, 2023 - 11:00

Sangharakshita revisits his time as a wandering ‘Dharma Farer’ in the India of the 1940s. The occasion for this colourful set of stories and related insights is the 60th anniversary of his decision to ‘Go Forth’ into the homeless life, in line with the oldest Buddhist traditions. Sangharakshita is in fine, thoughtful, at times even mischievous form as he heads into his 83rd year, and, as usual, is uncompromising in his vision of the spiritual life as a...

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FBA Podcast: Enlightenment as Experience and Non Experience

By Centre Team on Sat, 19 Aug, 2023 - 11:00

Saddhanandi riffs off a talk that Sangharakshita gave to the Buddhist Society in 1975 entitled ‘Enlightenment as Experience and Non-Experience’. She reflects on the content as well as the context, just what was happening with these early lectures by Sangharakshita, just six years after the first ordinations. Given on retreat at Adhisthana, 2022.

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Dharmabytes: The Great Canopy

By Centre Team on Mon, 19 Jun, 2023 - 11:00

Sangharakshita deals in depth with what a Buddha Land is, how and by whom it comes to be built, and what all of this has to do with us.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Building the Buddha Land from the series The Inconceivable Emancipation - Themes from the Vimalakirti Nirdesha, 1979.

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Dharmabytes: No Breaking Through without Awareness

By Centre Team on Wed, 31 May, 2023 - 12:10

At times in the spiritual life we may need considerable energy to overcome obstacles, such as negative emotions, psychological conditionings, rational thinking, and even the sense of ‘time’ itself. How, when, and where can we break through?

From the talk Breaking Through into Buddhahood by Sangharakshita,1969.

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