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Dharmabyte: Kindly Dialogue

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 23 Jul, 2020 - 14:00

Vishvapani gave a series of talks in 2011 to promote his book Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One (Quercus, 2011).

Here we have a glimpse into the Buddha’s ability to dialogue with kindness and curiosity as he radiated a force field of loving kindness in a society full of debate and discourse. Rather than getting involved in a tit-for-tat argument, the Buddha tried to understand how others think and what is of value to them. 

From the talk entitled...

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FBA Podcast: Mindfulness and Insight

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 13 Jun, 2020 - 14:00

Drawing on his book on the Buddha, Vishvapani explores the connection between awareness of our immediate experience and seeing the true nature of existence.

Talk given at Cardiff Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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Thoughts for the Day: Buddhist Reflections on Brexit and the Coronavirus Crisis

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 4 Jun, 2020 - 18:06

Since 2006 Vishvapani has been contributing to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day: a prominent daily slot featuring reflections on the news from a faith perspective. 

Vishvapani comments: 
“I often see Buddhist friends commenting on politics, usually from leftwing perspectives and often assuming that their perspective is the correct expression of their Buddhist principles. Thought for the Day forces me to do something different. Because it’s an uncontested slot on public service radio (with no interviewer...

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Windhorse Publications Free the Dharma - Stories of practice

By dhammamegha on Tue, 26 May, 2020 - 12:55

Windhorse Publications Free the Dharma - Stories of practice

By dhammamegha on Tue, 26 May, 2020 - 12:55

Many Dharma books give advice on how to meditate or reflect: others offer maps of the mind. But this week we’re giving away a book of a different kind; a book of stories of practice. 
 
How does the Dharma work? Based on 22 interviews or reflections, Challenging Times: Stories of Buddhist practice when things get tough is a compelling read. You can download it here until 8 June. 
 
Each person in the book faced some sort of...

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Thought for the Day: The Four Sights in Lockdown

By Vishvapani on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 12:58

Thought for the Day: The Four Sights in Lockdown

By Vishvapani on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 12:58

Listen to Thought for the Day: The Four Sights in Lockdown 

07/05/2020

If the clouds clear tonight we’ll see the May full moon, traditionally called the Full Flower Moon to match the Spring blossoming. It will also bring to a close the Buddha Day Festival, when Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth and enlightenment of the Buddha. But the episode that resonates most strongly for me in the face of Covid-19 is the experience that starts...

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FBA Podcast: Sangharakshita Foresees His Death In 'Padmaloka'

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 1 Feb, 2020 - 09:00

Vishvapani beautifully explores Sangharakshita’s poem ‘Padmaloka’ in which he looks forward to his own death.

It’s a poem about death, rebirth and nature, and Vishvapani connects it to other poetry which it echoes.

This talk was given a week after Sangharakshita’s death in November 2018 at Cardiff Buddhist Centre.

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Developing Mindfulness in Wales

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 13:06

Developing Mindfulness in Wales

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 13:06

Vishvapani is a writer, teacher of Buddhism and meditation, and a trainer in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR/MBCT) through Mindfulness in Action. He’s also an Associate of Breathworks Mindfulness and of The Mindfulness Initiative, supporting the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group in the UK parliament and advocating mindfulness to the Welsh Government.

Here he gives us an update on what he’s been working on, particularly in relation to developing mindfulness teaching in Wales in collaboration with the Welsh Government. 

“In March...

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Announcing our new books for 2020

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 5 Dec, 2019 - 16:39

Announcing our new books for 2020

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 5 Dec, 2019 - 16:39

We’re thrilled to announce the first six of the new books we’ll be publishing in 2020. Three of them are now available for sponsorship.
Why sponsor a book?
Publishing in the 21st century is all about adapting to challenging conditions, with lower profits from online sales and increased competition from digital formats. At Windhorse Publications we are meeting this challenge, but we increasingly need start-up funding for a book’s production and marketing. You can help us by choosing to sponsor...

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Faith for the Climate Network: Speaking out on Climate Change

By Vishvapani on Thu, 11 Jul, 2019 - 12:03

Faith for the Climate Network: Speaking out on Climate Change

By Vishvapani on Thu, 11 Jul, 2019 - 12:03

On 26th June I represented Buddhists at a gathering of the interfaith group, Faith For The Climate Network, which preceded a Mass Lobby of the UK parliament.

Over the last couple of years I have spoken a few times about climate change in my regular Thought for the Day slot on BBC Radio 4. As a result, the co-ordinator of the Faith for the Climate Network invited me to join other faith ‘leaders’...

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Dharmabyte: Sacred Mindfulness

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 4 Mar, 2019 - 14:00

In today’s FBA Dharmabyte we offer an excerpt from a talk by Vishvapani entitled: Sacred Mindfulness.

A talk given at the Triratna Buddhist Order November 2014 Men’s UK and Ireland Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana on 1 November 2014. The theme of the weekend was Mindfulness.

Vishvapani writes: “We’re in the middle of the greatest surge in interest related to Buddhism since the 1960s: the secular mindfulness boom. I’ve been deeply involved in Triratna...

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