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Lokeshvara - Setting Up The Order And Movement (Triratna International Council 2019)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 4 Sep, 2019 - 12:37

The third in a series of talks from the 2019 Triratna International Council. This year’s theme is major elements from the Dharma biography of Sangharakshita, Triratna’s founder, which are of wider relevance to anyone endeavouring to lead a Buddhist life. 

Lokeshvara recounts some of his own encounters with Sangharakshita and highlights some great quotes to delve into three key areas: setting up a context for people to share their lives; “the fundamental view” of Triratna’s approach to the Dharma; and ways to...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Uninterrupted Flow of Spontaneous Transcendental States

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 29 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

Why did the Buddha compare the The Dharma-Vinaya having the taste of freedom with the great ocean having the taste of salt? It’s about the direct experience of the qualities of enlightenment. The Dharma-vinaya is an uninterrupted spontaneous flow of spiritual and transcendental states. That flow may crystallise into certain teachings, but should not be identified with it.

Just as the mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, even so the Dharma-vinaya (Buddhism) has but one taste, the taste...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Taking Delight in Tasting Freedom

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 26 Aug, 2019 - 14:00

Just as the mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, even so the Dharma-vinaya (Buddhism) has but one taste, the taste of Freedom. (from ‘The Udana’). This brilliant and rousing tour-de-force on transcendental freedom is one of Sangharakshita’s best-loved lectures.

The Taste of Freedom lecture was given in 1979.

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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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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

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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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...