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Dharmabyte: A Perfected Universe, A Perfected Self

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 16 Mar, 2020 - 13:00

A very interesting introduction to the mandala here from Garava - the idea, the myth, the image, the symbol, the experience. His own practice as an artist affords him a respectful and generous perspective, from which we are able to simply sit back and learn.

Excerpted from the talk Entering the Mandala given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2001.

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Dharmabyte: The Mandala Unifies Disintegration

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 12 Mar, 2020 - 13:00

We can find mandalas everywhere – in the East, in the West, in art, literature, even in dreams. Mandalas represent a resolution, or the beginnings of a resolution, of a conflict between the conscious and the unconscious.

Sangharakshita explores the symbolism of the mandala, circles of symbolic forms, found in the The Tantras (special scriptures of Vajrayana Buddhism) as a symbol of psychological and spiritual integration.

Excerpted from the talk entilted The Mandala – Tantric Symbol of Integration as part...

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Dharmabyte: The Vajra: Two Meanings in One

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Mar, 2020 - 13:00

We often get ideas about the symbolism of the vajra as being tight and wilful. The language of determination can do that!

Jvalamalini looks at the importance of clarity of purpose for simplicity and meaning in life, and the powerful symbol of the vajra. This diamond-thunderbolt symbol is really more about integration then it is about powering through obstacles regardless of what the rest of our being is up to.

From the talk entitled Vajra: Symbol of Integration given at...

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Dharmabyte: Dakini as Shapeshifter and Protector

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 27 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

Karunasara takes us into the timeless world of the Dakini Vajrayogini, with an explanation of the symbolic meanings found in Tantric imagery and visualization of her, as well as an overview of her spiritual qualities.

From the talk The Symbolic Meaning of Vajrayogini given at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, 2010.

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Dharmabytes: The Strength of Nothing Hidden

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 24 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

We often think that our best defense is to protect ourselves with a barrier between ourselves and the world. On the contrary, the dakini has the complete realization that in the end there is nothing to defend. In enlightenment all we were ever defending was a pattern of defensiveness, you realize there was nothing to defend.

From the talk entitled The Dakini & the Skull Garland by Subhadramati given at London Buddhist Centre, 2020.

Tantric Buddhism is concerned with the...

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Dharmabyte: An Inner Journey

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 13 Jun, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is An Inner Journey.

This is a fascinating introduction to the mandala from Garava - the idea, the myth, the image, the symbol, the experience. His own practice as an artist affords him a respectful and generous perspective, from which we are able to simply sit back and learn.

From the talk Entering the Mandala given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2001

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Dharmabyte: The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 3 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Are we ready to face our own death, and the total transformation it symbolises? In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground we learn about the eight cremation grounds and the Dakinis who dance there.

From the talk The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground and the Celestial Maidens given in 1971 as part of the series Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment.

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Dharmabyte: A Mirror in the Wheel

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 27 Jul, 2018 - 12:48

This FBA Dharmabyte is an excerpt from a 1971 talk by Sangharakshita called ‘A Mirror in the Wheel’. The Wheel of Life, described here in all its wealth of detail, is not really a painting but a mirror, giving one successively more profound insights into yourself, and revealing the next step in escaping the endless round.

From the talk ‘The Symbolism of the Tibetan Wheel of Life‘  from the series Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path...

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FBA Podcast: The Power of the Archetypal Realm

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 7 Jul, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Podcast is a talk by Vajratara entitled ‘The Power of the Archetypal Realm’ given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 29th May 2007 as part of a series of talks on Buddhist Symbols.

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Dharmabyte: Metaphors and Archetypes

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 5 Jul, 2018 - 12:15

This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘Metaphors and Archetypes’ from the talk Archetypal Symbolism, Part 2 by Danadasa.

The life story of the Buddha is much more than a historical account – it is a poetic myth full of profound meanings that can resonate with both our conscious minds and our unconscious depths. To fully realize our infinite human potential, we need to harness the power that lies within the vast oceanic depths of our psyches. This talk,...

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