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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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A Second Renaissance? Part 2

By Caroline I P on Mon, 20 Nov, 2023 - 10:30

A Second Renaissance? Part 2

By Caroline I P on Mon, 20 Nov, 2023 - 10:30

How are you reading this?

Forgive me for being so forward. Of course, you haven’t really got going yet. It’s probably too open a question anyway: the how of reading could mean lots of different things. First, there’s the medium – are you on your phone, a tablet, a laptop or desktop (though of course you might have printed this out, or be asking a text-to-voice AI to read it to you)? Then there’s the speed – are you scanning, skimming,...

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Babasaheb Ambedkar arrives at Adhisthana

By akasajoti on Fri, 17 Nov, 2023 - 00:33

Babasaheb Ambedkar arrives at Adhisthana

By akasajoti on Fri, 17 Nov, 2023 - 00:33

For several years now, during each international Preceptors’ College meeting, time is dedicated to hearing from the kula of Public Preceptors in India. This was a special year, with all ten of them able to travel over, making up more than 20% of those gathered for the meeting. 

One morning was spent hearing about the work of the ordination teams and public preceptors in India, including the establishment of a new retreat centre dedicated to ordination training, Sudarshan Bhumi, named ...

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Four Myths + Five Farewells

By akasajoti on Tue, 14 Nov, 2023 - 10:18

Four Myths + Five Farewells

By akasajoti on Tue, 14 Nov, 2023 - 10:18

Over the weekend, the College were joined by a number of retired Public Preceptors: Suvajra, Padmasuri, Sanghadevi, Saddhaloka; with Manjuvajra, Subhuti and Srimala visiting for some elements of the programme and to spend time together as ‘College Elders’. 

Jnanavaca led three sessions of stimulating, interactive study on the ‘four myths of the spiritual life’. He explored this model that Subhuti conceived and introduced in a talk on an international Order convention in 2003 (and was more recently explored by Jnanavaca and Maitreyabandhu...

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A Community of Public Preceptors

By akasajoti on Fri, 10 Nov, 2023 - 13:38

A Community of Public Preceptors

By akasajoti on Fri, 10 Nov, 2023 - 13:38

The past two mornings of the College meeting have been taken up with the process of discovering who will take on the responsibility of College Chair when Ratnadharini’s term comes to an end next November. The College Members present have been moving through a consensus process, skilfully held by Ratnadharini. This will be returned to after an interlude, to be concluded in the final days of the meeting, following which the outcome will be shared with the Order. The afternoons...

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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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Opening the College Meeting + Invoking the Lineage

By akasajoti on Wed, 8 Nov, 2023 - 16:30

Opening the College Meeting + Invoking the Lineage

By akasajoti on Wed, 8 Nov, 2023 - 16:30

The College Meeting began on Monday evening with Ratnadharini welcoming 43 of the 50 current Public Preceptors to the annual international College meeting. They have travelled from North America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, Spain, Germany, Ireland and the UK, to gather together here at Adhisthana. A couple of those not present will hopefully be arriving in the next days, and the others unable to make the journey this year for various reasons. They spent the first evening checking-in...

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Today we remember Sangharakshita

By Caroline I P on Mon, 30 Oct, 2023 - 17:54

Today we remember Sangharakshita

By Caroline I P on Mon, 30 Oct, 2023 - 17:54

Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and movement. Glimpse the events in the lead up to his funeral and for those who were there, remember his funeral from five ago.

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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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