December 29th, 2011
More listening joy from Vajradharshini in today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Enlightenment is Different for Each of Us.” From the talk “We Have a Huge Barrel of Wine But No Cups”, this is another splendid journey around the idea of Enlightenment, using the languages of surrender and discipline from the Sufi context. It’s as heady as a sumptuous wine, but also sobering and down to earth, whether we’re “following a railing in the dark” or “wandering inside the red world”. Drink up!
Talk given at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2005
December 24th, 2011
Today’s FBA Podcast, “In the Bleak Midwinter”, Parami delivers a gem of a talk, with a wintery theme. With a song to open followed by metaphors on bleakness, with the earth as hard as iron and water like a stone, times when we struggle and it seems as if no growth is possible. She talks about her early experience of doing the metta bhavana and what a radical practice it is, leading to beauty, magic and angels.
This talk was given in December 2010 at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre.
December 22nd, 2011
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Positive Change” is brought to us by Sangharakshita himself, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community.
In Buddhist practice, the traditional method of choice for effecting positive change in one’s life is meditation. Here Sangharakshita takes a closer look, focussing on the ‘superconscious states’ (characterised in turn by integration, inspiration, permeation, and radiation), the practice of developing universal friendliness, and the distinction between calm and Insight.