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Vidyadaka talks about his spiritual teachers as offering the Dharma in an ordinary, straightforward way. Spiritual friendship is not an added-on part of Going for Refuge, nor is it the Buddhist equivalent to having some mates - rather it is of the essence of the spiritual life and a vital means of communication, emotional development, and meaning -…
 
Viveka concludes this Anapanasati Sutta: Instructions for Awakening retreat with a final exploration of the wisdom tetrad, focusing on the experience of relinquishment and offers suggestions on bearing with confoundment through imagination and inquiry. Excerpted from the talk Where Is Self Arising Now? given at Adhisthana, May 2019. *** Subscribe t…
 
Viveka explores the fourth tetrad of the Anapanasati Sutta: “inquiry into the experience of wisdom” particularly applying the contemplations of impermanence, fading away, cessation and relinquishment to the experience of mind and awareness itself. This talk is part of the series Anapanasati Sutta: Instructions for Awakening given at Adhisthana, 201…
 
Dhammarati illuminating the process of conditionality that is put in motion when engaged in Anapanasati meditation. Here he is introducing the fourth tetrad focusing on the first instruction of contemplating impermanence. Excerpted from the talk Inquiry Into the Experience of Wisdom, part of the series Anapanasati Sutta: Instructions for Awakening …
 
Dhivan, author of 'This Being, That Becomes', talks about some of the historical Buddha's ideas on how conscious awareness can influence unconscious patterns that keep us imprisoned in a fixed sense of self. Excerpted from the talk entitled Doors to Freedom - the Buddha's Psychology of Liberation, Buddhafield, 2012. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes…
 
A personal talk where Punyamala shares her reflections on impermanence, particularly in the context of family life. Weaving in poetry and real life examples, Punyamala looks at the question of how to stay open in the midst of impermanence and death, without falling into despondency. Punyamala describes how she has sought to live a meaningful life, …
 
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 Towa…
 
Parami touches on aspects of Sangharakshita's 'system of meditation', and most specifically the area of positive emotion. Parami is an ideal guide for this sort of material, steeped as she is in study and practice engaged within the light of the 'Bodhichitta', and the Bodhisattva Ideal itself. From the talk entitled The Awakening Heart given at Tar…
 
Prakasha takes us through the verses on transference of merit and self surrender from Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara, and communicates the feeling of the complete letting go of a Bodhisattva. Talk given at Shrewsbury Triratna Buddhist Group, 2018. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple Podcas…
 
All conditioned things are impermanent... Not just a truism, but the central teaching of Buddhism upon which so much else follows. Jnanaketu starts off a three-part series on the lakshanas, or 'marks' of conditioned existence, by tackling this most crucial of insights that is easy to say but a great challenge to live by. Excerpted from the talk The…
 
Silanatha reveals our collective blind spot of applying our awareness of change in the external world with change our inner experience. From the talk entitled Impermanence as part of a series on the Three Laksanas given at Colchester Buddhist Centre, 2019. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Ap…
 
Karunagita introduces four types of letting go - of the weight of past harmful actions, holding our conditioning lightly, of expectations and of physical holding in the body - in this talk at Dhanakosa for the 2017 New Year women mitra retreat. The retreat theme was Padmasambhava’s advice to Queen Ngang Chung. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podca…
 
Locana offers an excellent introduction to the most subtle and complex part of the Buddha's teaching on impermanence: that all things in conditioned existence are empty of any innate self-nature. Insubstantiality might never be really 'simple' to understand - but this is a good place to start. Excerpted from the talk Anatta Made Simple, 2001. Locan…
 
Sangharakshita describes the three liberations (vimokshas) arising from transcending the three marks (lakshanas) of conditioned existence. From the talk entitled The Texture of Reality as part of the series Introducing Buddhism, 1966. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple Podcasts) Subscrib…
 
Padmavajra offers a deep set of reflections on these aspects of the Spiritual Path using Sangharakshita's poem 'Advent'; the contemplation of impermanence, death and our lack of any 'self-lordship'; Lahiji's vision of 'the black light'; bewilderment; and the concept of becoming reborn in the Bodhisattva. Talk given at Padmaloka Buddhist Centre, 201…
 
Here Kulanandi reflects on different qualities of beauty in the spiritual life. From the talk entitled Beauty and the Dharma Life given at Stockholm Buddhist Centre, 2014. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple Podcasts) Subscribe to our Free Buddhist Audio podcast - a full Dharma talk every…
 
Embodying our higher values gives life to our heart and gives heart to our life. Saddhanandi encourages us to get on with our life by gathering our life around our aspirations. From the talk Enlightenment as Heart, Life as Whole given at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2005. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times eve…
 
Parami urges us to embrace loss, because it is inevitable, but equally so, don’t close yourself off to love. Accepting that everything that arises will pass, and yet everything that arises is precious that will give rise to a love that spreads throughout the cosmos. Talk given at the Newcastle Buddhist Centre, 2021. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes…
 
There’s no true meditation without happiness. Sangharakshita describes Samadhi, often translated as ‘concentration’, as dependent upon the conditions of Sukha, that of happiness and bliss. From the talk The Stages of the Spiritual Path, part of the series Introducing Buddhism, 1966. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration …
 
Here we have Nagesvara discussing samadhi as collectedness, integration of our energies, wholeness, openness, rather than concentration as primary. From the talk entitled What Is Samadhi part of the online series Body of Bliss: Ways into Samādhi, 2021 Buddhafield. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every w…
 
Nagasiddhi takes us into the mind and heart of the new Buddha after his awakening – as he explores this new territory within, and with others he encounters setting out on the next stage of his journey into liberation. Talk given as part of the series ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ during the April 2021 home retreat from Rivendell Retreat Centre h…
 
Dhivan talks about some ways in which Buddhists deny the self beginning with how the non-self teaching is presented in the Pali scriptures. From the talk entitled Denying the Self as part of the series Symposium on the Non-Self given at Adhisthana, 2018. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Appl…
 
Yashobodhi recounts how the earliest Buddhist teachings arose in response to questions presented to the Buddha. From the talk entitled The Alchemy of Wisdom, from a series on the Six Paramitas at a West London Buddhist Centre, 2012. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple Podcasts) Subscribe …
 
Dayajoti explores the hindrance of self-doubt, including seeing it as an expression of fundamental delusion, addressed by the clear seeing of reality. This talk is part of the series Body of Bliss: Ways into Samādhi, hosted online by Buddhafield, 2021. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple …
 
The mind is intrinsically pure. How do we realize the ever present purity of the mind? Tejananda offers his reflections on Buddha Nature through discussing the Myth of Self-Discovery, drawing from an article by Subhuti entitled The Three Myths (Madhamavani, 2003). Excerpted from the talk The Myth of Self-Discovery given at Mid Essex Buddhist Centre…
 
Akashadevi expounds on the parable of the raft from the perspective of the hither and further shores. Excerpted from a talk entitled The Raft given at the West London Buddhist Centre Christmas Retreat, December 2016. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Apple Podcasts) Subscribe to our Free Budd…
 
There is no insight without compassion, and no compassion without insight. Ratnaghosha elucidates the path of transformation as one of expanding more and more into embodying love in all its forms. This talk was given at the Mid Essex Buddhist Centre, 2021. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (Ap…
 
Maitrisiddhi explores the fourth great thunderclap from the Heart Sutra: All Buddhist teachings are simply Relative Truth; the Highest truth cannot be stated in words, using the simile of the raft. From the talk entitled The Highest Truth Cannot Be Stated In Words from retreat on the Heart Sutra at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2019. *** Subscribe to ou…
 
Bodhidasa explores the essence of what the Buddha said it was that he taught illustrated with a personal example of how the Dharma is based around one essential experience. From the talk entitled A Single Word of Truth given at Sydney Buddhist Center, 2020. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes podcast - bite-sized inspiration three times every week! (A…
 
Samantabhadri speaks on ritual and its place and potential within the Triratna Community. She explores ritual as personal experience and in relation to going beyond a fixed self, to the collective, to the imagination, to compassion and to our longing for the transcendental. Samantabhadri, visiting from Taraloka Retreat Centre, gave this keynote tal…
 
Vishvapani outlines two approaches to Dharma practice: the ‘hedgehog’ – grounded in direct experience from the senses, and the ‘fox’ who steps outside and beyond, looking for the bigger picture. From the talk entitled Feeding the Soul, part of the series The Two Arrows: Dukkha to Insight given at Adhisthana, 2020. *** Subscribe to our Dharmabytes p…
 
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