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Unifying Symbolism of the Vajra

September 1st, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Unifying Symbolism of the Vajra,” Sangharakshita describes the symbolism of samsara and nirvana in the vajra. From the talk “The Symbolism of the Sacred Thunderbolt or Diamond Sceptre of the Lamas” from the “Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment” series given in 1971.

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Energy, the Tantric Precepts and Enlightenment

August 30th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioVajratara delivers our FBA Podcast this week, “Energy, the Tantric Precepts and Enlightenment.” An exploration of what energy means in the spiritual life and how to work with it, especially referencing Sangharakshita’s ‘Tantric’ version of the Five Precepts. Given at the 2011 National Young Triratna Buddhists Weekend retreat exploring the theme of ‘Energy for Enlightenment’. See for more young Buddhists’ events.

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Unmindfulness Defined

August 28th, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio Forgetfulness and distraction are the rule in ordinary life, but awareness and a ‘fullness of mind’ is at the heart of human growth and development. Sangharakshita gives us today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Unmindfulness Defined,” from the 1968 talk “Levels of Awareness: Right Mindfulness.” This talk is part of the series The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.

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Taking Awareness Deeper

August 25th, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Taking Awareness Deeper,” Paramabandhu draws on many years of experience as a consultant psychiatrist and Dharma teacher. He invites us to consider the lessons Buddhist techniques around meditation and mindfulness training can bring to the field of mental health – especially to problems with depression and addiction. In this excerpt, he talks about taking awareness deeper to really get a sense of impermanence ‘in our bones’.

From the talk, “Mindfulness for Just About Everything,” given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, 2006

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Eight Step Recovery

August 23rd, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioIn this week’s FBA Podcast, “Eight Step Recovery” Vimalasara speaks on the importance of loving oneself as a part of recovery from addiction as an introduction to her new book, co-authored with Paramabandhu, entitled ‘Eight Step Recovery – Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction’. She goes on to discuss the life conditions that she and Paramabandhu have emerged from, and how those energies came together and inspired the writing of the book. Outlining the eight steps, Vimalasara demonstrates that, while the book was mainly written for those in recovery, it is in some way for everyone. The talk is followed by a question and answer session.