August 25th, 2012
When we perform an act of generosity, what exactly is happening? How does it relate to the development of Wisdom? Is there such a thing as purely mental generosity and how effective is it? This talk explains the ‘why’, ‘what’ and how’ of Dana-Paramita.
August 20th, 2012
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “The Four Sanghrahavastus” takes us into the heart of the Mahayana tradition – the Four Means of Unification – generosity, kindly speech, beneficial activity, and exemplifying. The Sutra’s hero, Vimalakirti, was a master of the Bodhisattva’s ‘Skilful Means.’
From the talk “On Being All Things to All Men” by Sangharakshita, given in the series: “The Inconceivable Emancipation – Themes from the Vimalakirti Nirdesha.”
August 18th, 2012
This week’s FBA Podcast was first given on Lord Buddha TV in India. In “The Buddha’s Advice to a Banker” Subhuti talks about a conversation the Buddha had with his leading Lay disciple, who was one of the wealthiest men in North India. What makes him significant is that he was also recognised as a non-returner.
In this conversation the Buddha talks as prosperity, wealth and what makes for happiness. We see both his straight-forward common sense and his vision for the depth and meaning of human life. Although advice given two and a half thousand years ago it holds good today. It is not wealth that bring meaning to life but the qualities of your mind and the relationships around us.
This talk was given at the London Buddhist Centre