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Bhante at Padmaloka

By Sanghanistha on Tue, 4 Dec, 2018 - 10:41

Bhante founded Padmaloka in 1976, living here for twelve years until moving to London in 1988, afterwards visiting us as often as he was able to. In many ways Bhante never left Padmaloka, he lit a sacred flame here which we still tend. We’ve always been crystal clear that he is our teacher and we are his disciples, regardless of the vicissitudes that intermittently sweep through the Order and movement. The last time I saw Bhante, during this summer’s European Chair’s Assembly at...

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Sangharakshita Foresees His Death

By Vishvapani on Sun, 11 Nov, 2018 - 14:37

At Sangharakshita’s funeral the Adhisthana trees were filled with golden leaves and the cosmos still flowered burgundy and pink in the formal gardens. The weather changed from a chill breeze to warm sunshine, and heavy rain showers slowly gave way to clear skies stirred with barred clouds, turning ochre in the fading light. It was an autumn scene and filled, for me, with the evocations of autumn when the year declines towards winter, with all its intimations of mortality.

In the 1970s Sangharakshita...

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Dharmabyte: Reflecting on Old Age and Death

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 27 Jul, 2018 - 12:02

In this FBA Dharmabyte, ‘Reflecting on Old Age and Death’, Sangharakshita takes us through a personal ramble through the history of letters and letter writing.

As usual the range of Sangharakshita’s reflections in this is hugely impressive - taking in late mediaeval and 18th century letter culture, provocative takes on Christianity, the Romantic poets and even the economy! It’s an education and a genuine, poignant pleasure to hear him evoke a vanishing art, pass on...

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Dharmabyte: Sangharakshita's Going Forth

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Jul, 2018 - 11:22

This Dharmabyte podcast is entitled ‘Sangharakshita’s Going Forth’ by Ashvajit.

In this excerpt from the talk, Sangharakshita’s Life In Kalimpong, Ashvajit evokes Sangharakshita’s time in Kalimpong, his setting up of his first Buddhist organisation, and describes some of the wide variety of people that he met.

This talk is part of the series Sangharakshita’s life story.

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Dharmabyte: Sangharakshita - Early Self-Education

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Jul, 2018 - 11:05

This Dharmabyte podcast is entitled ‘Sangharakshita - Early Self-Education’ by Vajrapriya.

An excerpt from the talk, Sangharakshita’s Early Life, Vajrapriya covers the period from his birth up until his arrival in Kalimpong, including his extraordinary wandering days in India. This talk is part of the series Sangharakshita’s life story.

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Dharmabyte: Chittamatra (Mind Only)

By Sadayasihi 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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Dharmabyte: Intellectual Understanding is not Enough

By Sadayasihi 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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Dharmabyte: Broken Images

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 28 May, 2018 - 17:07

This Dharmabyte podcast is from Sangharakshita, entitled: Broken Images, an excerpt from the talk The Journey to Il Convento.

The journey symbolises a pilgrimage through the ruins and broken images of Christian civilisation and culture, progressing through a world of archetypal forms, and potentially taking us to the very threshold of Enlightenment.

N.B. A few words missing. Talk given in 1984. 

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Dharmabyte: Emotion in the Spiritual Life

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 28 May, 2018 - 17:02

This Dharmabyte podcast is from our Triratna Buddhist Community founder, Sangharakshita, entitled: Emotion in the Spiritual Life.

The central problem of spiritual life is the mobilisation of our emotional energies, so that what we know can be put into practice. Energies may be blocked, wasted or too coarse, and the Buddhist puja takes us through a series of devotional moods to help liberate them.

The full talk, Poetry and Devotion...

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Dharmabyte: Vision and View

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 14 May, 2018 - 12:58

This Dharmabyte podcast, ‘Vision’ and ‘View’, is an excerpt from A Vision of Human Existence given by Sangharakshita in 1976.

In Sanskrit or Pali, there’s no word that corresponds with the word ‘philosophy.’ There is one word that is sometimes translated as philosophy, the word darshana, which means ‘to see, a sight, a view, a vision.’

Dharsana represents direct experience, not something mediated by concepts. In Buddhism, the term is ‘drsti’ - which means a sight,...

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