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5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #8 Wisdom Beyond Words

Posted by Sadayasihi to Buddhist Centre Features on Wed, 29 Aug, 2018 - 15:30

5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #8 Wisdom Beyond Words

Posted by Sadayasihi to Buddhist Centre Features on Wed, 29 Aug, 2018 - 15:30

“The culmination of wisdom is freedom from all views. You have nothing to say. When all the answers are in your being, you have no need to keep them in your head.” - Sangharakshita (Seminar on The Door of Liberation)

The goal of Buddhism is the attainment of Enlightenment - but what is Enlightenment? One way of describing it is seeing the true nature of reality and living in accordance with that vision. An Enlightened being is free...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: The Horse and the Rider

Posted by Sadayasihi to Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 19 Jul, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte, is called ‘The Horse and the Rider’, an excerpt from the talk entitled Cutting the Bonds by Vadanya, the introduction to a Sangha Night Series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre - ’Total Transformation - Head, Heart and Guts’.

Using an analogy of a rider on a horse, Vadanya notes that we often act as if our head (the rider) is the most important aspect of our experience and overlook our emotions and our...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Tangled Up in Sorrow

Posted by Sadayasihi to Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 2 Apr, 2018 - 11:36

In this Dharmabyte podcast Vadanya gives us “Tangled Up in Sorrow”, an excerpt from the talk Wisdom In The World. It’s through not knowing the truth about the way things are that we create all sorts of destruction, unhappiness and sorrow for ourselves and those around us.

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Dharmabyte: One Understands

Posted by Sadayasihi to Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 2 Mar, 2018 - 17:05

This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘One Understands’, an excerpt from the talk on ‘Manjusri’ by Amaraghosha, one of a series of talks about archetypal Bodhisattvas.

In this excerpt Amaraghosha explores the importance of wisdom in the Buddhist tradition through teachings including the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths. This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2016 as part of their regular Saturday morning Sangha class.

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Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana Retreat - The Talks By Subhuti

Posted by Centre Team to Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 22 Sep, 2017 - 15:17

An outstanding series of talks by Subhuti on the theme of Sadhana during the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana retreat at Adhisthana in 2017.

Over the course of six talks he articulates the stages we traverse in the practice of sadhana, which correspond to the stages of the system of practice - Reverence, Solidarity, Wise Attention, The Illumined Image, Dwelling in Reality and Dedication.

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Buddhist Centre Features

Great Faith, Great Wisdom - Complete Retreat Recordings By Ratnaguna

Posted by Centre Team to Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 22 Sep, 2017 - 15:05

On this retreat, recorded during the recent Rainy Season Retreat at Bristol Buddhist Centre in the UK, Ratnaguna guides us on a journey into Amitābha’s Pure Land, Sukhāvati – a mythical realm where the ground is golden, trees are made of jewels, heavenly musical instruments play ravishing music, and magical birds sing the Dharma. It is a vast ‘illumined image’ – a symbol of the beauty and joy of the spiritual life. The three Pure Land sutras invite...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Great Faith, Great Wisdom, Day 6 - Rainy Season Retreat 2017 by Ratnaguna

Posted by Centre Team to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Sat, 16 Sep, 2017 - 15:23

All this week, Ratnaguna and the Bristol Triratna sangha have turned their urban Centre into a realm for exploration of Sukhavati, the Pure Land of Amitabha. Now on the last day of our retreat, we meet the Buddha. This is what the retreat has been building up to…

With readings from the Guan Jing and from the Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava.

Recorded as part of Ratnaguna’s retreat on Great Faith, Great Wisdom at Bristol Buddhist Centre, Sept 2017.

Talk 9: The Buddha Beyond the Buddha
Ratnaguna...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 6

Posted by jvalamalini to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Fri, 15 Sep, 2017 - 17:14

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 6

Posted by jvalamalini to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Fri, 15 Sep, 2017 - 17:14

The last morning of the retreat found me with a mind full of reflections in the early morning double meditation, and a fair bit of energy released – I was dancing in my living room when I popped home for a few things after breakfast.

This was the day we’d been building up to – the day we met the Buddha! Ratnaguna introduced the Buddha Amitayus of the Guan Jing, the ‘Buddha beyond the Buddha’, the principle of Buddhahood which the Mahayana...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Great Faith, Great Wisdom, Day 5 - Rainy Season Retreat 2017 by Ratnaguna

Posted by Centre Team to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Thu, 14 Sep, 2017 - 22:04

On the 5th day of the Rainy Season Retreat, Ratnaguna takes us into the world of the the Sutra on the Visualisation of the Buddha Amitayus, or Guan Jing. Some wonderful guided meditations, conversation, and another excellent talk await…

The Guan Jing or Sutra on the Visualisation of the Buddha Amitayus - Introduction and Reading, Queen Vaidehi’s Predicament Followed by a Visualisation of the Setting Sun
Ratnaguna starts the fifth day of the retreat with a brief introduction to the Guan...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 5

Posted by jvalamalini to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Thu, 14 Sep, 2017 - 14:07

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 5

Posted by jvalamalini to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Thu, 14 Sep, 2017 - 14:07

As Ratnaguna pointed out, dwelling in such an uncompromisingly bright land tends to invite one’s shadow. Every retreat brings a process for each of us, and today I knew the retreat was reaching something more in me when I found myself weeping in morning meditation. After last night’s talk, I was touching a deep grief for all the imperfection in me-and-my-sangha: the views I bring that make things hard for me; the ways interpersonal dynamics sometimes obscure our shared faith; the ways...

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