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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Manjuvajra (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 10 Aug, 2022 - 09:55

What’s happened over the years is I’ve got more and more confident in the existence of the Buddha, the effectiveness of the Dharma and the joy of the Sangha.

Manjuvajra’s Annals:

In 1968 I was 21 years old, living in London, enjoying the ‘Swinging 60’s’, studying physics at Imperial College, exploring sex and drugs, dabbling in religion and psychology, and spending the summer hitch-hiking with my future wife across Europe to Yugoslavia and Turkey.

In 1978 I was doing research connected with...

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FBA Podcast: The Power of Love

By Zac on Sat, 23 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

The Love of Power

Behind this title we find the first Buddhist ethical precept and Sangharakshita’s distinction between operating in the Love Mode and operating in the Power Mode. A beautiful and engaged talk, responsive to her audience, where Kulanandi draws inspiration from the book The Ten Pillars of Buddhism, by Sangharakshita. 

Talk given at Stockholm Buddhist Centre, 2014. 

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Dharmabyte: Contemplating Nature

By Zac on Mon, 18 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Appreciating Natural Beauty We seek happiness, but often we find that our desires and aspirations are in conflict. Sangharakshita implores us to appreciate nature for her own sake.

From the talk Nature, Man, and Enlightenment, part of the series Transformation of Life and World in the Sutra of Golden Light, 1976.

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Manidhamma (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 8 Jun, 2022 - 11:25
The impact of Bhante’s visit was so great that I decided to give up my pilot’s career and go for training towards becoming an Order member…

Manidhamma’s Annals

In 1968 I was not yet born in this world. I was born after three years (1971) in a hamlet, Waghnath situated by confluence of the rivers Pus and Ship in central India. My parents were living a life of hardship and poverty, bonded labourers in the prevalent caste based social system of discrimination and...

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Dharmabyte: What is Art?

By Zac on Thu, 28 Apr, 2022 - 06:00

“Art is the organisation of sensuous impressions that express the artist’s sensibility and communicate to his audience a sense of values that can transform their lives.” Using his own definition, Sangharakshita investigates the relevance of art and the artist to higher evolution.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Art and the Spiritual Life given in 1969 as part of the series The Higher Evolution.

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Dharmabyte: The Bodhisattvas Are Necessary

By Zac on Mon, 11 Apr, 2022 - 06:00

Aryajaya explores Sangharakshita’s relationship to his teachers, who form the lineage for the Triratna Buddhist Order. A lovely exploration of the experience of relationship to the Bodhisattvas of Buddhist tradition via meditations passed from teacher to disciple, evoking a wide open sense of connection to the great beauty they represent.

Excerpted from the talk Sangharakshita’s First Connection with His Teachers and Receiving Practices given at the Triratna International Council meeting, 2019.
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Dharmabyte: Taking Our Seat in the Cremation Ground

By Zac on Thu, 31 Mar, 2022 - 06:00

To plunge ourselves into the crucial citation takes tremendous courage. Sangharakshita asks:

Are we ready to face our own death, and the total transformation it symbolizes? From the talk The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground and the Celestial Maidens part of the series Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment, 1971.

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Dharmabyte: A Vision of Humanity

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 20 Dec, 2021 - 06:00

Exposing a modern disease of frustrated craving for experience, Sangharakshita suggests that spiritual life is better seen in more concrete ways; as growth, work, and duty.

In this excerpt from the talk Enlightenment as Experience and Non-experience given in 1975.

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Dharmabyte: The Three Liberations

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 1 Nov, 2021 - 05:00

Sangharakshita describes the three liberations (vimokshas) arising from transcending the three marks (lakshanas) of conditioned existence. 

From the talk entitled The Texture of Reality as part of the series Introducing Buddhism, 1966.***

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FBA Podcast: Spiritual Death - Spiritual Rebirth

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 Oct, 2021 - 06:00

Padmavajra offers a deep set of reflections on these aspects of the Spiritual Path using Sangharakshita’s poem ‘Advent’; the contemplation of impermanence, death and our lack of any ‘self-lordship’; Lahiji’s vision of ‘the black light’; bewilderment; and the concept of becoming reborn in the Bodhisattva.

Talk given at Padmaloka Buddhist Centre, 2013, as part of a series of three talks entitled The Stages of the Path.

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