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Welcome to Free Buddhist Audio's Dharmabytes podcast, featuring bite-sized dharma from our website's vast audio archive. Free Buddhist Audio is an entirely user-supported project from the Triratna Buddhist Community. If you like what you hear, come and join us at - and happy listening!
Episodes (Total: 10)
Jan. 15, 2018 · 00:00:13
Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called The Dharma Jewel by Sangharakshita. Dharma is the experience of reality, and also the expression of that experience in the form of the Buddha’s teaching, especially the law of conditionality. It is the raft that carries you to Enlightenment, the further shore; it is whatever helps you to develop spiritually. This is an excerpt from the talk entitled The Meaning of the Dharma given in 1968 as part of the series Introducing the Three Jewels of Buddhism.
Dec. 28, 2017 · 00:00:13
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, Reaching Across Differences Saravantu talks about one of Triratna’s emphases – a unified Order – by looking inwards. If we turn away from elements of our own character, we will find ourselves turning away from others. A unified Order needs us to be able to turn towards all aspects of ourselves. This is an excerpt from the practical talk entitled An Inclusive Order -Turning Away, Turning Towards, Meeting the Shadows In Ourselves and Others.
Dec. 25, 2017 · 00:00:13
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, Depth of Connection Nagabodhi shares memories of being in Croydon during the 1970′s. He describes the beautiful symmetry of the fact that he opened the first shrine room in the Croydon Centre and is now here to open the newly rebuilt shrine room in 2017. Nagabodhi considers the many eras of Croydon’s history and shares the idea that a new shrine room is the seed of incalculable journeys for the future. This is an excerpt from the talk A Sangha Doesn’t Happen In Space given on 13th May 2017 at the Croydon Buddhist Centre. There is some external noise, in places, on the recording.
Dec. 21, 2017 · 00:00:13
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, Describing Nirvana by Sangharakshita. Attitudes connected with goal-seeking are at the root of misunderstandings about the nature of Nirvana, which many consider to be Buddhism’s ‘goal’. Sangharakshita challenges us to investigate our real motives for wanting to know what Nirvana is. The full talk, entitled simply, “Nirvana” was given in 1966 and is part of the series Introducing Buddhism.
Dec. 18, 2017 · 00:00:13
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, Reflecting on Old Age and Death, Sangharakshita takes us through a personal ramble through the history of letters and letter writing. As usual the range of Sangharakshita’s reflections in this is hugely impressive – taking in late mediaeval and 18th C. letter culture, provocative takes on Christianity, the Romantic poets and even the economy! It’s an education and a genuine, poignant pleasure to hear him evoke a vanishing art, pass on old pieces of knowledge and lore, and remember so vividly a friend now gone with whom he shared, in Keats’ phrase, ‘a mingling of souls’. From the talk Mingling Souls – Launching Dear Dinoo, Letters to a Friend given in Birmingham, December 2011.
Dec. 14, 2017 · 00:00:13
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, Enlightenment as a Real Possibility, Ratnaguna describes the process of transformation in the context of the Five Aspects of the Spiritual Path – integration, positive emotion, spiritual receptivity, spiritual death, and spiritual rebirth. From the talk The Underlying Pattern of the Spiritual Life given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre on 14th April 2012.
Dec. 11, 2017 · 00:00:13
Our FBA Dharmabyte podcast today is called Tethered to Fiction by Arthabandhu. Spiritual death does not only mean esoteric meditation practices, it means confronting the vagaries and difficulties of life with honesty and courage and seeing what we can learn from them. By opening up to new experiences life becomes more vivid and enjoyable – if we can just face the fear. From the talk, The Sea As Spiritual Death, given at Young Men Retreat, Padmaloka 2012.
Aug. 17, 2017 · 00:00:07
Our FBA Dharmabyte podcast today is called A Network of Relationships by Abhayanandi. The Buddha famously said that fellowship is the whole of the spiritual life. Is that really true?! Abhayanandi has been following this teaching notably by living in a residential Buddhist community and working in a team-based right-livlihood business. Hear her inspirational and hard-won reflections on Living Sangha… From the talk entitled “Living Sangha.”
Aug. 14, 2017 · 00:00:07
Our FBA Dharmabyte podcast today is called The Complete Embodiment of Love by Subhadramati. We can see how the Buddha is the embodiment of love in the stories of the Pali Canon. He is completely responsive in an appropriate way to the situation and people at hand. From the talk entitled, Who is the Buddha, given on the LBC Winter Retreat, 2015.
Aug. 10, 2017 · 00:00:07
In today’s Dharmabyte podcast, Anatomy of the Breath, Padmadarshini gives us a really good working context to help our meditation practice. Best to lie down comfortably as you listen to her description of the anatomical and physiological processes involved in breathing. She’s a yoga teacher as well as a meditation teacher and she draws on both those sets of skills to give this talk. And as you lie there, she’ll help you tune into your own own body with some very simple exercises and suggestions. Expect to come away with some very practical tips on how to become more aware of your breathing body. This is an excerpt of the full talk of the same name given on “One Moment at a Time” retreat at Taraloka and is a companion talk to the body scan meditation led by Vidyamala. (The sound quality is a little bit ‘fuzzy’ in parts but the content more than makes up for that.