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Dharmabyte: Effort Characterized by Joy

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

Dhammadinna shares her thoughts on viriya/vigour as derived from Chapter 7 of the Bodhicaryavatara.

The Bodhicaryavatara is an 8th century text written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk from the monastic ‘university’ at Nalanda, India, and Dhammadinna presented this material over three sessions on an Order retreat called “Teaching the Bodhicaryavatara.” She says at the beginning that she isn’t giving a formal talk and, indeed, the title is her description of what she was doing…. sharing some thoughts...

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Dharmabyte: Don't Wait Another Second to Practice

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

Surata talks about the nature of Viriya, diligence to practice, to apply oneself, to engage in a steady practice, even when one doesn’t quite feel like it. Calling on Shraddha (faith) we call on diligence that does not lose heart!

Excerpted from the third in a series of four talks on the Bodhisattva ideal entitled Plunging Into The Positive - Kshanti and Virya, given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, March 2011, for men training to join...

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Dharmabyte: A Steady Persistence

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 10 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Bhante Sangharakshita talks about viriya as ‘vigour’ or ‘energy in pursuit of the good’. Vajradevi explores this in relation to the mindfulness, including the four right efforts, wise and unwise involvement and the near enemy of viriya. Viriya allows for there to be a continuity of awareness.

From the talk entitled The Spiritual Faculty of Viriya, part of the series Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat 2019. (Bristol, UK)

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FBA Podcast: Hey You!

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 8 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Virya is the energetic counterpart to the patience of Ksanti; it is energy in pursuit of the good. Bodhinaga  tells us how we can develop this noble vigour, which brings strength and courage like that of a virtuous knight. He guides us through counteracting the four ‘enemies of virya’ before introducing the Four Powers: ethical sources of energy to power the Dharma life.

Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Dharmabyte: Virya: Everyday Buddhist Spiritual Practice

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 6 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Sangharakshita gives us a clear look at Viriya - Energy or Vigour - from the point of view of both subject and object, contrasting with a Hindu story about Indra + a squirrel.

From a talk about the Five Spiritual Faculties entitled The Pattern of Buddhist Life and Work given in 1966 as part of the series Introducing Buddhism.

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FBA Podcast: Virya: A Path of Transformative Action

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 1 Aug, 2020 - 14:00

Viriya expresses itself in action, with attentiveness, care and enthusiasm. Saddhanandi shares from her personal training and experience as an artist to elucidate the meaning of Virya, drawing out the aspect of training the mind to develop positive mental states.

Talk given at Glasgow Buddhist Centre, GBC Rainy Season, March 2020.

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