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 www.freebuddhistaudio.com/community - and happy listening!
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.”
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.
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.
In our FBA Podcast today, Dissolving Aversion, Padmavajra speaks to the act of rejoicing in the challenge of an enemy as people teach us something about ourselves. From the talk, Love Your Enemy, the fourth in a five part series by Padmavajra on all aspects of the Metta Bhavana practice and ‘The Great Love’ in Buddhist discourse and practice – from metta (loving kindness) itself to Bodhichitta. Challenging material here – how do we love realistically within Reality as a practice in the face of the worst of life? A compassionate and sympathetic teasing out of the various big issues involved – betrayal, control, and, of course, forgiveness…
Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004.
In our Dharmabyte podcast today, Hear the Call to Give, Vidyamala reminds us of the Buddha’s words that at the very least we can give. Our Bodhisattva journey, giving is the first paramita, the first training, because it is the complete opposite of grasping. Anyone can have a moment of open-handedness! Excerpt from the talk From Pinball Machine to River, a talk given on the Manchester Buddhist Centre Sangha Retreat at Adhisthana on 21 May 2016.
Our Dharmabyte podcast today is entitled Inspiring Confidence, an excerpt from the talk entitled Sanghakaya and the Heart’s Release about the Sangha Jewel and it’s place in the spiritual life, given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre on Triratna Night, 14 December 2015.
Maitreyi says, “I had something of an epiphany on first hearing the term Sanghakaya in a talk by Subhuti in India. It seemed to give expression to a whole direction and momentum of my life and practice, while simultaneously both deepening and opening out the mystery of the enlightened mind, expanding beyond any sense of individual consciousness or attainment.”
Our Dharmabyte podcast today is entitled The Integrating Practice of Compassion, by Munisha. Balancing care for self and other is a practice of integration, an aspect of that practice is to distinguish between self-compassion and self-esteem. From the talk, Self Compassion For the Sake of All Beings, in English to a Swedish audience, 5th March 2016, Dhammagiri Retreat Center, Sweden.
Our Dharmabyte podcast today is the reading of the poem Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye (1952) followed by the back story to the poem. Kindness: A Poem & A Story, by Ratnaguna, is a commentary on two poems: Singapore by Mary Oliver and Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye. In this excerpt we hear of the latter poem. The full talk, The Tender Gravity of Kindness, was by Ratnaguna on Sangha Night at Stockholm Buddhist Center the 26th of October 2015.
Our Dharmabyte podcast today is entitled Going Beyond the Cushionby Amaragita.
Amaragita explodes and expands notions around the practice of paying attention via awareness of the breath, using the deceptively simple exercise of taking just five breaths through the day.
From the talk Meditation Workshop – Five Breaths
a companion to another talk, The Possibility of Practice and her guided Meditation on the Three Bodies (physical, emotional, and mental) this workshop is indispensable.
Workshop recorded on the Mothers Retreat at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2015.
Our Dharmabyte podcast today is entitled 12 Minutes On Intention In Meditationby Bodhilila. A very concise introduction to whether you need a specific intention in a meditation session, and if you do, how to set it up. A talk at West London Buddhist Centre Sangha night, as part of a meditation workshop.