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Dharmabyte: A Weak Spot in Reality

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 18 Nov, 2021 - 06:00

Maitreyabandhu reminds us that the Buddha was cautious to describe things that were best directly experienced. The Lakshanas are not a metaphysical description of reality. Impermanence, insubstantiality and suffering show us there is something wrong with our perception.

From the talk Self-Surrender and the Laksana of Dukkha, part of the series Towards Insight: Three Myths given at Adhisthana, 2020.

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Dharmabyte: Resisting Dukkha

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

Vessantara offers a pithy look into the suffering of suffering and the myriad of strategies that pull us away from tending to what’s happening in the present moment. 

From the talk entitled Dukkha Dukkha, part of a series of talks and led meditation from a retreat at Adhisthana on Dukkha and the Unbiased, 2018.

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Dharmabyte: Bound or Free?

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Nov, 2020 - 06:00

Most of our life strategies are to avoid pain. We can ask ourselves - Do I want to be bound by suffering, or free from suffering? Aryajaya describes the movement towards the Three Jewels as a development of faith and effective Going for Refuge.

From the talk entitled Commitment Is Key given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Expressing Gratitude

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 17 Sep, 2020 - 14:00

The Bodhicaryavatara culminates with verses of sublime beauty expressing a deep and profound desire for the alleviation of suffering. Maitrisara evokes these verses with tenderness and delight, whilst also turning back to that tricky topic of hell.

From the talk entitled Dedication In the Bodhicaryavatara (6 of 6), part of the series The Bodhicaryavatara given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: The Faculty of Responsiveness

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

Subhadramati delivers in this exposition on the aspect of ethics that springs out of empathy. As you reflect on others’ their suffering starts to become your suffering – it’s important to find that responsiveness and encourage it to flourish. From this, compassion bursts forth from the heart like a rose.

From the talk entitled Ethics As a Path to Insight given on August 30 2014 at the European Women’s Convention held at Adhisthana.

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FBA Podcast: Great Compassion Penetrates Into the Marrow of the Bones

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 14:00

A stirring and penetrating talk by Dhammadinna around the image that a Bodhisattva’s compassion runs as deep as their very bones. Nagarjuna, Milarepa and others add their voices as Dhammadinna makes an emotionally resonant but clear-eyed attempt to lay out the ground of a practice that is moving towards the development of Bodhichitta. Why bother? she asks us, and shows how open-heartedness can respond realistically and well to suffering in our own lives and in the lives of others.

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Dharmabyte: Working Together to Hold Suffering

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Apr, 2020 - 14:00

Saraha speaks to several themes from the Sigalaka Sutta. Firstly, friends are helpful, stand by you, give you time. Secondly, those who serve and support society, do we treat them as real people? Do we (as a society) look after them when they are ill? Our Buddhist Centres are here to bring peace, love, and agency with the ability to hold suffering close to your heart. The Sigalaka Sutta guides us on how to treat our fellow human beings.

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Dharmabyte: Ill-Fitting Wheel

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Jan, 2020 - 14:00

Saddhanandi reads the episode of the Buddha working out whether or not he will teach the Dharma. From the talk entitled Dukkha and the Unbiased given as a series of talks and led meditations from a retreat at Adhisthana on Dukkha and the Unbiased.

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FBA Podcast: Why Do I Suffer?

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 4 Jan, 2020 - 14:00

A series of personal exchanges with Subhuti about the central issues of life.  Subhuti is among the most prominent and experienced of Western Buddhists. He has spent the past forty-odd years practising the Buddha’s teachings and travelling the world helping make it possible for others to do the same. 

Hosted by Subhadramati during his Presidential visit to the London Buddhist Centre, which he was instrumental in founding in 1978.

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