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Dharmabytes: The Flavour of Forbearance

By Zac on Thu, 23 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

This talk explores the emergence of the Bodhisattva Ideal in the Mahayana tradition. Nagapriya discusses the historical context in which this basic concept developed, its ties to early Buddhist texts, and what the bodhisattva’s life entails, on both the mundane and cosmic levels. Here, he shares a reading on forbearance from the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva. 

Excerpted from the The Ideal of Universal Awakening given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, as part of the series ...

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Dharmabytes: Mountains of Merit

By Zac on Mon, 20 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

Prakasha takes us through the verses on transference of merit and self surrender from Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, and communicates the feeling of completely letting go of a Bodhisattva. Excerpted from the talk Awakening Bodhicitta given at Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Group, 2018.

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FBA Podcast: The Awakening of the Bodhi Heart

By Zac on Sat, 18 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

How do you become a Bodhisattva? Upon the Awakening of the Bodhi Heart (Bodhichitt-otpada). In this lecture Sangharakshita defines the Bodhichitta, and describes how one can prepare for its arising through the observance of Shantideva’s Supreme Worship and Vasubhandu’s Four Factors. Talk given in 1969 as part of the series entitled: Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal

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Dharmabytes: Refraining from Anger

By Zac on Mon, 13 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

More counter-cultural stuff here, shouldn’t we always express how we feel? Shantideva seems to be saying something else when he encourages us to be ‘like a block of wood’… Maitrisara offers thoughts on patience and anger as described in the Bodhicaryavatara. 

Excerpted from the talk Like a Block of Wood, part of the series The Bodhicaryavatara, given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabytes: One Moment Of Anger

By Zac on Thu, 9 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

The Bodhicaryavatara is an 8th century text written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk from the monastic ‘university’ at Nalanda, India. Dhammadinna offers a few thoughts on the Perfection of Patience, differentiating between types of anger and noting that Shantideva is referring to the sort of anger that is retaliatory and unskilful.

Excerpted from the talk Some Thoughts on the Bodhicaryavatara given at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2008.

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FBA Podcast: Bodhicitta - The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation

By Zac on Sat, 4 Feb, 2023 - 06:00

“Taking this image of the human form the Bodhicitta transmutes it into the priceless image of the Jewel of the Conqueror. Grasp tightly this highly potent elixir, known as the Bodhicitta, which must be thoroughly worked.”

In this talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara Padmavajra speaks of Sangharakshita’s evocation of the Bodhicitta. Here, he discusses some of the verses of the first chapter, especially of verse ten, in which the Bodhicitta is likened to the highly...

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FBA Podcast: An Ordinary Person's Guide to Becoming a Bodhisattva

By Zac on Sat, 31 Dec, 2022 - 06:00

Advayasiddhi explores two chapters from Santideva’s passionate and challenging text: The Bodhicaryavatara. Chapter 4 focuses on Vigilance Regarding the Awakening Mind, while Chapter 5 explores The Guarding of Awareness.

This talk was recorded at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2022.

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FBA Podcast: Awakening Bodhicitta

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 13 Nov, 2021 - 06:00

Prakasha takes us through the verses on transference of merit and self surrender from Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, and communicates the feeling of the complete letting go of a Bodhisattva. Talk given at Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Group, 2018.

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Dharmabyte: An Inexhaustible Treasure

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 3 Dec, 2020 - 06:41

How can we be helpful? Do we go beyond ourselves to do things for others? Are we inspired by the ways in which we are helpful?

Taravandana explores the meaning of the final verses of the Sevenfold Puja as practiced in the Triratna Buddhist Community. The Transference of Merits verse is based on Chapter 3 of the Bodhicaryavatara, Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva.

Excerpted from the ninth talk in the Sevenfold Puja series at the Manchester Buddhist Centre,...

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FBA Podcast: The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 7 Nov, 2020 - 05:15

‘Serenity, freedom from disease, joy and long life, the happiness of an emperor, prosperity; these the patient person receives while continuing in cyclic existence.

Padmavajra’s sixth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara explores Shantideva’s thorough exploration of the perfection of patience. In this chapter, Shantideva brings our attention to the seriousness of the faults of hatred and anger.

He shows how such states of mind arise and gives a number of ways in which...

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