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FBA Podcast: The Bodhisattva Ideal In India

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 8 May, 2021 - 06:00

In this moving and rousing talk, Dhammachari Amoghasiddhi illustrates how the Dhamma can radically transform people’s lives, liberating them from a hellish existence, particularly in India.

Using the examples of his own life, as well as the lives of Bhante Sangharakshita, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and others, he explains that if we want to live a meaningful life, we must open up to the suffering of others and do everything we can to help alleviate their suffering.
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Adhisthana
Adhisthana

Duty and Delight | Hidden Gems

By Caroline I P on Sat, 24 Apr, 2021 - 10:14

Duty and Delight | Hidden Gems

By Caroline I P on Sat, 24 Apr, 2021 - 10:14

What does it mean to really beleive that friendship is the whole of the spiritual life? How will that change how we act?

Being willing to help each other is part of the central enterprise of the spiritual life - to grow. By being with people who we are not hiding anything from, it can connect us to ourselves more, and point us toward the wonder and mystery of what it is to be a human being.

Dhammarati and Saddhaloka discuss some of the jewels to be found in this study material for the online...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

Friendship: Duty, Delight and Freedom

By Caroline I P on Sat, 17 Apr, 2021 - 12:50

Friendship: Duty, Delight and Freedom

By Caroline I P on Sat, 17 Apr, 2021 - 12:50

What kind of friend are you? What kind of friend would you like to be?

Is there any limitation to the heights that faithful friendship can reach?

Explore the possibilities of friendship with brothers and sisters in the sangha, through looking at traditional understandings of friendship in society and the spiritual life.

We will draw primarily on The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam seminar, with supporting material from the seminar on the Sigalavada Sutta. Both texts were studied by Sangharakshita in 1983. With The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam, he took...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Meditation and Mantra Recitation of Vajrasattva

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 15 Apr, 2021 - 07:00

Here Sangharakshita orientates us to Vajrasattva, the primordial Buddha of Innate Purity. He introduces the Vajrasattva practice as part of the four indispensable preparatory practices (mula-yogas) of the Vajrayana devotee.

From the talk entitled The Four Foundation Yogas of the Tibetan Buddhist Tantra, part of the series An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, 1968.

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Milarepa: A New Video From Urgyen House

By Centre Team on Tue, 13 Apr, 2021 - 15:10

Milarepa: A New Video From Urgyen House

By Centre Team on Tue, 13 Apr, 2021 - 15:10

Paramartha considers the importance of Tibet’s great yogi Milarepa in the life and teachings of Sangharakshita whilst introducing two objects from Urgyen House.

Urgyen House is a project dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of Sangharakshita’s collection of books, letters, papers, thangkas and artefacts as well as the building in which he spent the last years of his life.

Visit the Urgyen House website

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Sangharakshita + the Gestalt

By akasajoti on Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 14:44

Sangharakshita + the Gestalt

By akasajoti on Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 14:44

You asked, ‘What is this transient pattern?’
If we tell the truth of it, it will be a long story;
It is a pattern that came out of the ocean
And in a moment returned to the ocean depth.


– Omar Khayyam
the epigraph in The Rainbow Road

A series of personal reminiscences from some Public Preceptors, on the theme of Sangharakshita + the Gestalt. These were shared during a couple of sessions of the...

Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

Upcoming highlights this year

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 4 Mar, 2021 - 11:23

Upcoming highlights this year

By Helen - Windhor... on Thu, 4 Mar, 2021 - 11:23

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To tie in with The Buddhist Centre Online’s Triratna Day celebrations, until April 10th we’re giving away the eBook edition of Subhuti’s Sangharakshita: A New Voice in the Buddhist TraditionDownload your free copy here. 

Windhorse author Shantigarbha is offering six-week online courses on the theme of responding to the climate and ecological emergency, based on his new book The Burning House, due to be published in August (see below). The first course begins March...

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Dharmabyte: Introducing the Five Buddha Mandala

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 06:00

The Tantras (special scriptures of Vajrayana Buddhism) frequently refer to mandalas, circles of symbolic forms. Sangharakshita describes the mandala of the five Buddhas, its use as a symbol of psychological and spiritual integration, and the meaning of its sexual symbolism.

From the talk entitled The Mandala: Tantric Symbol of Integration, part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology given in 1967.

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Announcing ‘The Burning House’ and another free eBook

By Helen - Windhor... on Fri, 5 Feb, 2021 - 10:30

Announcing ‘The Burning House’ and another free eBook

By Helen - Windhor... on Fri, 5 Feb, 2021 - 10:30

We’re delighted to announce that in August we’ll be publishing Shantigarbha’s latest book, The Burning House: A Buddhist Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. It’s an incredibly timely book, with the potential to have a significant impact. In it, Shantigarbha explores how we can wake up and respond to the climate and ecological crisis from a Buddhist perspective. It will be of interest both to Buddhists concerned about the climate and ecology, and to eco-activists wishing to ground their work...

Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

Sangharakshita’s Three Jewels trilogy back in print

By Helen - Windhor... on Wed, 27 Jan, 2021 - 12:08

Sangharakshita’s Three Jewels trilogy back in print

By Helen - Windhor... on Wed, 27 Jan, 2021 - 12:08

Sangharakshita’s Three Jewels trilogy (Who is the Buddha?, What is the Dharma? and What is the Sangha?) is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Buddhism. It provides an elucidation of the three central principles on which Buddhism is based: the Buddha, who represents the principle of ‘awakening’; the Dharma, the teachings and practices that cultivate awakening; and the Sangha, the principle of spiritual friendship. For quite some time, both Who is the Buddha? and What is the Sangha? have been out of print. We’re pleased...

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