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Padmasambhava at Work

September 15th, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio Find magic and ritual in today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Padmasambhava at Work.” Parami shares what it’s like ordaining someone – a channel to the transcendental. She talks about her personal link with Sangharakshita and the birth story of Padmasambhava and his taking Buddhism to Tibet – the marriage of cognition, feeling and emotion. From the talk “Energy At Its Most Abundant” by Parami given as part of a three talk series at Windhorse:Evolution, a large and successful Buddhist team-based right livelihood business.

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Dreams and Rebirth

September 13th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioThis week’s FBA Podcast is a quite unusual and unexpectedly intimate talk from Sangharakshita, “Dreams and Rebirth.” Given at the wonderful old converted church that is now the resplendent Sheffield Buddhist Centre in the UK. Some lovely, evocative accounts from his personal dreamlife – tales of mediaeval monks! – and a significant and highly personal exploration of the whole area of Buddhist views on rebirth and re-becoming. Much food for thought here from a wholly atmospheric and clearly enjoyable occasion.
Talk given at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2008

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What is freedom?

September 11th, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “What is freedom?” Sagaraghosa offers a pithy talk exploring the Buddha’s practical suggestions to find greater freedom in one’s life – genuine freedom that does not rely on external factors to give a sense of freedom.
From the talk, “The Liberated Mind,” third in a series of four talks given at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre in 2011 on the theme ‘The Powers of Mind.’

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The Bardo of Dream

September 8th, 2014

Free Buddhist Audio According to Tibetan tradition, in the bardo, an ‘intermediate state’ in the endless round of birth and death, we are free for an instant from that round. The Tibetan book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol) describes six of these opportunities for escape from reactivity. In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “The Bardo of Dream,” Sangharakshita describes the second of the six bardos, the bardo of dreams. From the “Psycho-Spiritual Symbolism in the Tibetan Book of the Dead” given in 1967 in the series “Aspects of Buddhist Psychology.”

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The Mandala of the Buddha

September 6th, 2014

Free Buddhist AudioThis week’s FBA Podcast“The Mandala of the Buddha,” is a talk given by Kamalashila on the 2012 Triratna International Retreat, in which he explores the ‘Mandala of the Buddha’ – some of the Buddha’s many qualities which, perhaps, gave rise to the later Mahayana ‘Mandala of the Five Buddhas’.