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How the Buddha Taught Mindfulness

April 19th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioIn this week’s FBA Podcast, “How the Buddha Taught Mindfulness,” Ratnpaprabha explains this practice and understanding of the Sutta of ‘Being mindful of the in- and out-breaths’ (Anapanasati). He talks about how mindfulness connects with body-awareness, how t takes you into rapture and happiness, and thus into ‘sensitivity to the whole mind. He also explores how one calms and focuses the mind in mindfulness meditation, and how this can lead to ‘gladdening’, ‘concentrating’ and ‘liberating’, and finally to full Insight.

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What is Mindfulness Practice?

April 17th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioToday’s FBA Dharmabyte is from Vishvapani entitled:“What is Mindfulness Practice?” As interest in mindfulness grows in across society, Vishvapani looks at the path beyond an eight-week course and asks, what is the real significance of mindfulness practice? He identifies the key elements that are present from the very start of mindfulness practice and describes how the same elements work at many levels and can become a path to liberation.

This is an excerpt from the full talk “Mindfulness and Liberation” given at Cardiff Buddhist Centre, May 2013

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Body & Mind

April 14th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioToday’s FBA Dharmabyte titled “Body & Mind” is an excerpt from Foundations of Mindfulness by Kamalashila. In this section he suggests focusing on two of the four traditional foundations: awareness of body and awareness of mind, thought, mood and mental state. This clear talk by Kamalashila is about the significance of mindfulness for the Buddhist path, from the perspective of the four foundations of mindfulness as taught by the Buddha in the Satipatthana sutta.

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Metta Blazing Like the Sun

April 12th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioOur FBA Podcast this week, “Metta Blazing Like the Sun,” is Vajratara’s talk from the young people’s retreat at Adhisthana – ‘the big one’. Starting with a world on fire, Vajratara strips down what metta actually means in our experience: an awareness that discerns what is positive and stops it slipping from our minds. This is the seed of liberation, the cry of sunyata ‘unconditioned and unconfined’. Metta as a special quality of awareness radiating into four directions: our environment, our selves, others and Reality.

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The Nature of Other

April 10th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioToday’s FBA Dharmabyte titled “The Nature of Other” is an excerpt from the aptly named talk, “Awareness is Revolutionary“, by Vajratara. Given on a Young Womens’ Weekend retreat this talk explores Sangharakshita’s aphorism ‘Awareness is Revolutionary’. Exploring the revolution that greater awareness can bring to our lives:greater freedom, perspective and choice!