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Dharmabyte: The Arising of Samadhi

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 21 Oct, 2021 - 06:00

There’s no true meditation without happiness. Sangharakshita describes Samadhi, often translated as ‘concentration’, as dependent upon the conditions of Sukha, that of happiness and bliss. 

From the talk The Stages of the Spiritual Path, part of the series Introducing Buddhism, 1966.***

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Dharmabyte: Reality Shines Through Us

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 16 Sep, 2021 - 06:00

Sangharakshita explores the ways in which we are all connected with Reality, directly and indirectly, in particular through our friendships with those just a little further along the path.

From the talk entitled The Bodhisattva Hierarchy as part of the series Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal, 1969.

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FBA Podcast: The Dragon, The Tiger and The Wish-fulfilling Jewel

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 11 Sep, 2021 - 06:00

Do we reflect on the Bodhicitta? Is it optional, a mystical goal we can take or leave? How does it become a motivating force in our lives?

Sangharakshita has described the Bodhicitta as a myth or symbol that galvanises our energies, something that makes sense of our lives, something emotionally moving that stirs us on a deep level. How are we to connect with that myth? Vajratara takes us on a journey of a deepening engagement with the Bodhicitta, evoking...

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Dharmabyte: Livelihood in the Modern World

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Aug, 2021 - 06:00

Buddhism stands for the creation of an ideal society as well as ideal individuals; a society based on spiritual and ethical principles. Sangharakshita considers the substantial effect our work has on us, and applies the Buddha’s teaching to work today.

From the talk entitled The Ideal Society: Right Livelihood, part of the series The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path, 1968.

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Dharmabyte: Looking for the Detail

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 5 Aug, 2021 - 06:00

In a clear talk based on her experiences of work in the civil service, as a mindfulness teacher and in the Buddhist world, Taramani introduces tips on working ethically, meaningfully and in a way that supports spiritual practice. She explains livelihood as a limb of the Eightfold Path, using ideas from Sangharakshita, Steve Jobs, and others.

From the talk entitled Work, Inner Work, and the Search For Meaning given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabyte: Going Forth in Speech

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 22 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Marking the 50th anniversary of his own ‘Going Forth’ in India, Sangharakshita offers us his thoughts on the significance this adventure had for him and reflects on its relation to the Buddha’s search for Truth - with particular regard to actions of body, speech, and mind.

From the talk Reflections on Going Forth, 1997.

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Dharmabyte: The Altruistic Aspect of the Bodhisattva

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

What’s in it for me? Our natural human tendency is to take, to grasp, to cling. If you can give though, there is hope, spiritually speaking. Generosity is an attitude of heart and of mind, an attitude of one’s whole being.

Sangharakshita describes the altruistic aspect of the Bodhisattva and the reconciliation of the apparent antithesis between the interests of others and of self by practising the first two of the six Perfections: dana (giving) and shila (ethics or ‘uprightness’).

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Dharmabyte: Abstention from Violence – Love

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 1 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

How can we decide between right and wrong? The Eastern criterion of ethics is psychological rather than theological: ethical behaviour is said to express higher orders of awareness.

Here, Sangharakshita details the first precept, that of abstention from all forms of violence and harm towards other beings. Cultivating the positive aspect of this precept is the embodiment of maitri, love, as expressed through our deeds of loving-kindness.

From the talk entitled The Principles of Ethics: Right Action given as...

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Dharmabyte: Why have a Sangha?

By Sadayasihi on Sun, 27 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Sangharakshita explores the nature of the Buddhist spiritual community and why it is so essential to spiritual life…

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Spiritual Community, part of the series Introducing Buddhism, 1966.

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FBA Podcast: Carrying the Flame of the Lineage of Inspiration

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 12 Jun, 2021 - 06:00

Parami introduces our four-fold lineage and shows how the lineage of inspiration underpins them all. Now that Bhante has died our responsibility to keep this flame burning is more important than ever.

This talk is part of the series Talks from Women’s Private Preceptors’ Retreat given at Adhisthana, 2019.

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