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Buddhist Action Month 2018
Buddhist Action Month 2018

Breaking the silence, changing the story: Buddhism versus neoliberalism

Posted by Yogaratna to Buddhist Action Month 2018 on Fri, 11 May, 2018 - 06:47

I’ve written a very brief introduction to neoliberal ideas and some of the ways they affect the current global political and ecological situation.  It explores many ways Buddhism and Buddhists are already presenting profound challenges to the neoliberal story - and celebrates this range of responses.  There’s a great deal of excellent work already going on - and a better world is certainly possible.  From meditating in the natural world to rewilding to non-violent direct action for older people (to...

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Dharmabyte: We Are a Flow of Phenomena

Posted by Sadayasihi to Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 26 Apr, 2018 - 12:24

This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘We Are a Flow of Phenomena’ by Dassini from the talk The Therigatha and the Problem of Self.

We hear a verse about no-self from the nun Uttara. This leads on to reflections about how we subtly reinforce a sense of self through feeling embarrassed or irritable.

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Dharmabyte: Understanding the Buddha's Teaching of Anatta

Posted by Sadayasihi to Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 2 Mar, 2018 - 10:41

In this FBA Dharmabyte we hear more vintage Sangharakshita in Understanding Anatta (‘No Self’). Everything we know about the self is in constant change and flux. You cannot understand what is meant by anatta until you know this truth.

From the talk “Individuality, True and False” that tackles such terms as self, I, individual, and ego, reveals that each can have both a positive and a negative connotation. What is the self, and how can we cultivate...

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Buddhist Action Month 2018: Transforming Self, Transforming World

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Mon, 26 Feb, 2018 - 16:00

Buddhist Action Month 2018: Transforming Self, Transforming World

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Mon, 26 Feb, 2018 - 16:00

On the BAM Space, Mokshini writes: “The theme for BAM 2018 is Transforming Self, Transforming World.

As always, the theme for BAM is inspired by contemporary issues, and this year’s emphasis invites us to stop and look at the big picture: 

It is becoming evident that our society urgently needs a new story, a new myth to live by. As an example. George Monbiot puts it very well in this recent short interview where he outlines the need for a psycho-spiritual approach that is thoroughly meaningful and that...

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FBA Podcast: Breaking the Bonds of Selfhood

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 26 Jul, 2015 - 03:44

This week’s FBA Podcast is “Breaking the Bonds of Selfhood Through Serving the Dhamma (with translation in Hindi)” by Parami. Here is a strong, beautiful talk by Parami from the final day of the Triratna Buddhist Order’s International Convention 2013 in India, bringing us back to the task in hand as members of the Order and as Buddhists: engaging with breaking the fetters and weakening the hold that self-clinging exerts upon our minds and our ways of...

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Dharmabyte: Understanding Anatta

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 12 Mar, 2015 - 10:00
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Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is titled: Understanding Anatta. Tackling such terms as self, I, individual, and ego, reveals that each can have both a positive and a negative connotation. What is the self, and how can we cultivate true Individuality?
Talk given in 1970.

From the talk “Individuality, True and False”, by Sangharakshita, part...
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Highlights from the 2014 Brighton Rainy Season Retreat

Posted by Rijupatha to Community Highlights on Wed, 19 Mar, 2014 - 01:55

Highlights from the 2014 Brighton Rainy Season Retreat

Posted by Rijupatha to Community Highlights on Wed, 19 Mar, 2014 - 01:55Brighton Buddhist Centre has begun their 2014 Rainy Season Retreat, continuing through Saturday, 22 Mar, 2014 - and we can enjoy it along with them! Some spectacularly fun updates are being made every day from the retreat, including audio, video, photos and blog entries summarizing the day’s events. You can + follow along with the retreat on Brighton Buddhist Centre’s space on The Buddhist Centre Online.

This special retreat for Order...
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Tasting Fear

Posted by viriyalila to Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 30 Sep, 2013 - 13:23
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Tasting Fear,” by Kulaprabha is an an excerpt from the talk “Spiritual Death, Fear and Fearlessness.” Spiritual Death is about death of our fixed, bounded self, the self that is made up of bundled habits and preferences and views – especially views about existence and non-existence. So don’t be surprised if, when contemplating the impermanence and unreliability of that small self, you taste fear. It’s natural enough in the circumstances. After all,...
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Vessantara Day Retreat - Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Tue, 19 Mar, 2013 - 17:26

Vessantara Day Retreat - Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Tue, 19 Mar, 2013 - 17:26

Brighton Buddhist Centre are doing some great Soundcloud posts these days. Here’s an intriguing recent example - a full day retreat led by the very wonderful Vessantara who is always worth hearing on the details of working with your mind and facing yourself (or lack of ‘self’!) in practice…