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Three Facets of Imagination

September 29th, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio Our FBA Dharmabyte today is entitled: “Three Facets of Imagination,” an excerpt from the beginning of a two-part series by Maitreyabandhu called “A Further Reach – Imagination and the Radical.” Drawing on his experience as an artist, poet and Buddhist practitioner, in these two improvised talks Maitreyabandhu shares his reflections on the role of the imagination on the spiritual life.

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Radical Change – Learning to Be Free

September 27th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioThis week’s FBA Podcast, “Radical Change – Learning to Be Free ,” is a talk by Sona given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre in April 2012. He explores how we can make real, even radical, changes to our lives through waking up to life with awareness.

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Three Propositions

September 25th, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio OurFBA Dharmabyte today is entitled: “Three Propositions.’” Candradasa presents
he Buddha’s three basic propositions: the nature of reality; how we see things and suffering; and transforming yourself. From Religion Without God, Part 1 – A Radical Community of Values The first talk in a four-part series looking at how you can have a full spiritual life as a 21st Century person without recourse to blind faith or setting yourself against the rational world we find ourselves in.

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The Dakini, the ‘Lady of Space’

September 22nd, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “The Dakini, the ‘Lady of Space,’” Sangharakshita evokes the image of space, the sky, infinite, deep blue, and perfectly pure and introduces us to the Dakini, a strong symbol of freedom.

A Dharma jewel within a Dharma jewel: from the talk “A Taste of Freedom” given in 1979. Just as the mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, even so the Dharma-vinaya (Buddhism) has but one taste, the taste of Freedom. (from ‘The Udana’). This brilliant and rousing tour-de-force on transcendental freedom is one of Sangharakshita’s best-loved lectures.

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Padmasambhava’s Advice to the Three Fortunate Women

September 20th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioThis week’s FBA Podcast, “Padmasambhava’s Advice to the Three Fortunate Women,” comes to us from Glasgow Buddhist Centre, 2010. Padmolka looks at the first section of Padmasambhava’s Advice to The Three Fortunate Women from The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava. She begins by saying a bit about Padmasambhava subduing the demons of Tibet and the circumstances around the time when this teaching is given.

Padmasambhava is asked for a short, practical teaching which can be learned by heart to help Queen Nang Chung to practice the Dharma and ultimately lead her to Buddhahood.
She then goes through the verse, pulling out it’s themes and meaning.