Sat, 27 August 2011
Today’s FBA Podcast, is a magical exploration by Vajragupta titled: “We Live In a Beautiful World: Buddhism and Nature”. Sharing his very personal experiences on solitary retreats, Vajragupta asks, “How can human beings live with more love and appreciation of the natural world? What does Buddhism have to offer?”
A talk in a series addressing the relevance of Buddha’s teaching to contemporary issues at the Manchester Buddhist Centre 2011.
Direct download: podcast80.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 7:25am EDT
Fri, 19 August 2011
Today’s Podcast “Compassionate Koans – The Heart of the Matter does in fact take us to the heart of the matter! An excellent, personal set of reflections by Vijayamala on the relationship between our longing and our pain. The Buddhist tradition posits compassion as the best response, but it isn’t always clear how that works. No answers here – but a few leads and some thoughtful tales from life and from a longstanding practice of meditation.
Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order Women’s Convention, 2005
Direct download: podcast79.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT
Fri, 12 August 2011
Today’s FBA Podcast takes us back to the 1969 wholly inspiring Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal series by Sangharakshita. “Masculinity and Femininity in the Spiritual Life”is the fifth talk in the series. Here, the third and fourth Perfections are kshanti (forbearance, tolerance or spiritual receptivity) and virya (energy in pursuit of the good). So the Bodhisattva integrates ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ qualities in a perfect union.
Talk given in 1969.
Direct download: podcast78.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 9:41pm EDT
Sat, 6 August 2011
In today’s FBA Podcast, “Learning from Tibetan Buddhism – A Personal Account” Vessantara shares from his many years of engagement with Tibetan Buddhist approaches to meditation and general Buddhist practice. He carefully weighs up the different aspects of exploring a tradition outside of your own, and evokes Tibetan Buddhism itself through the story of his initiation into the Vajrayogini sadhana. A lovely, thoughtful talk that pays tribute to the effect of one ancient form of Dharma in a modern practitioner’s own life. There is also a thorough discussion of visualization meditation, and a moving celebration of the teachers who have helped him on the path.
Given at the Western Buddhist Order Convention 2005.
Direct download: podcast77.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EDT