Talks on Buddhism and Meditation

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These talks were given here in recent years and appear in either audio or video format. They are more or less in date order with the most recent first.

From Suffering to Shraddha

From Suffering to Shraddha

Vidyapala draws on various Pali suttas, and the Buddha’s own life, to suggest ways we might move from suffering to faith June 2023

On the Reach of Explanation

On the Reach of Explanation

Images of the Buddha: On Buddha Day, Vishangka looks at what the Buddha’s enlightenment might mean to us now. May 2023

The Promise of a Sacred World

The Promise of a Sacred World

Nagapriya in conversation with Ratnaguna and Priyavadita about his book, The Promise of a Sacred World: Shinran’s Teaching of Other Power December 2022

Arising of the Bodhicitta

Arising of the Bodhicitta

Arthavadin introduces, and leads a contemplation on, the Four Factors for the Arising of the Bodhicitta. December 2020

Beyond Individuality

Beyond Individuality

At a men’s Dharma training day, Vishangka addresses the role of community in becoming a true individual. December 2020

Au Revoir from Acharashraddha

Au Revoir from Acharashraddha

At her final women’s gathering as Mitra Convenor, Acharashraddha invites us to reflect on what helps us to grow. January 2021

Flame On!

Flame On!

Aparajita explores the second two of the Four Samgrahavastus – beneficial activity and exemplification – at our Online Sangha Retreat June 2020

The Mythic Life

The Mythic Life

Arthavadin explores how myth can help us positively transform ourselves, our relationships with others, and the world around us. May 2020

Thoughts from the Frontline

Thoughts from the Frontline

Prasadu reflects on being a frontline worker during the COVID-19 crisis and how his Buddhist practice has helped him cope with the pressures. May 2020

Dharma Wondrous Strange: Flowing to the Ocean

Dharma Wondrous Strange: Flowing to the Ocean

In this fifth talk in a series of eight, Ratnaguna addresses a wondrous strange quality of the Sangha. The rivers, when they join the great ocean, lose their name and their identity . . . April 2020

Dharma Wondrous Strange: A Bad Apple

Dharma Wondrous Strange: A Bad Apple

In this fourth talk of eight, Ratnaguna suggests that the only way we can really be part of a spiritual community is by being authentic: revealing who we truly are. April 2020

Dharma Wondrous Strange: A Gradual Deepening

Dharma Wondrous Strange: A Gradual Deepening

In this second talk in a series of eight, Dharma Wondrous Strange, Ratnaguna gives us ten pieces of advice from the Buddha, speaking to our isolation whilst the country is in lockdown. April 2020

Spiritual Death

Spiritual Death

Mahasraddha looks at Spiritual Death, and in particular our receptivity to impermanence and insubstantiality, February 2020

Green Tara, my Friend

Green Tara, my Friend

Taravandana reflects on the possibilities of developing a friendship with an archetypal Bodhisattva figure, like Green Tara, December 2019

Appreciating Sangharakshita

Appreciating Sangharakshita

Amaradaya shares his appreciation of and gratitude to Sangharakshita on a day in commemoration of his death, October 2019

The Ideal Society and the Ideal Individual

The Ideal Society and the Ideal Individual

Siladevi reflects on an aspect of Buddhism that is often played down, but is nonetheless an organic part of our practice – working together with others to effect change in the world. October 2019.

What is the Point of Sangha?

What is the Point of Sangha?

Silabodhi shares some personal reflections on the importance of Sangha and selflessness in spiritual life. November 2019

White Tara

White Tara

Samantabhadri shares personal reflections on her connection with the White Tara sadhana. June 2019

Humanity is Basically One

Humanity is Basically One

A talk by Acharashraddha on our Sangha Retreat at Adhisthana. Can we communicate and be friends with any other human being? What is spiritual friendship? April 2019

Religion in a Secular World

Religion in a Secular World

A talk by Vishangka on our Sangha Retreat at Adhisthana. Is Buddhism a religion? What is faith? What can religion offer to humanity? April 2019

The Buddha beyond the Buddha

The Buddha beyond the Buddha

Ratnaguna explores the archetypal Buddha, freed from his historical and geographical context, as found in the Mahayana sutras. October 2018

The Buddha was born as we are born

The Buddha was born as we are born

Ratnaguna explores the Buddha as a human being in a particular time and context, drawing from Pali sources that help bring out his personality. October 2018

Stepping Down and Going Out

Stepping Down and Going Out

In this lively and engaging talk, Sanghaketu suggests that focusing on one side in our practice can leave us feeling out of balance. April 2018.

The Greater Mandala of Uselessness

The Greater Mandala of Uselessness

Vajrapriya explores the terms doing and being and suggests how we can bring greater stillness into activity, and vibrant energy into calm. March 2018

Sailing the Worldly Winds

Sailing the Worldly Winds

At our International Women’s Day celebrations, Taravandana explores the Buddha’s teachings on the Worldly Winds and how we can navigate them as women in the 21st Century. March 2018

Me and my Mate Pingya

Me and my Mate Pingya

Priyavadita explores the role that faith has played in his spiritual life. In particular, his love for Pingya’s Praises of the Way to the Beyond, from the Sutta Nipata. January 2018.

Insight and Perception

Insight and Perception

Mahabodhi explores the meaning of the Sanskrit term ‘samjna’, or ‘sanna’ in Pali, often translated as perception. November 2017

Sangha and Harmony

Sangha and Harmony

A talk given by Daniel Bradford on the Sangha Day Festival at Manchester Buddhist Centre, November 2017

A Body at Peace with Itself

A Body at Peace with Itself

Balajit shares his journey of discovery around what the body is and what it might mean for the body to be truly, profoundly and deeply at peace with itself. October 2017

The Curse of Narcissus – Getting over Yourself!

The Curse of Narcissus – Getting over Yourself!

Arthapriya invites Western Triratna Buddhists to rise to the challenge of Dr Ambedkar’s vision by working collectively and seeing that our own well-being and freedom is interwoven with those around us. October 2017

The Reluctant Bodhisattva

The Reluctant Bodhisattva

In this inspiring talk, Nagapriya outlines his experience of working with others to establish the Centro Budista de Cuernavaca in Mexico. September 2017

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

In a Triratna Night talk, Chandana uses personal reflections to explore the practical application of metta in our Buddhist practice. July 2017.

Strong for the Many

Strong for the Many

In a Dharma Day talk, Sanghadhara asks how developing our practice can help us benefit all beings, July 2017.

When Wisdom meets Compassion

When Wisdom meets Compassion

In a talk for International Women’s Day, Satyamuni reflects on whether social and political action is enough to end suffering. March 2017

The Imaginal Faculty

The Imaginal Faculty

At a day for women training for ordination, Taravandana explores the Imaginal Faculty and how it can help deepen our spiritual practice. January 2017

Triratna Sangha in India

Triratna Sangha in India

Tarahridaya provides a personal take on the transformative nature of the work of the Dharma and Triratna Buddhist Order in India. September 2016

Triratna in India

Triratna in India

Chandrabodhi gives a personal recollection of the growth and development of the Triratna Buddhist Order in India. September 2016

The Buried Life

The Buried Life

Arthavadin challenges us in discussing self, other and the Third Order of Consciousness. May 2016

Entering the Forest

Entering the Forest

Arthavadin explores renunciation as a state of mind and not just a physical act. December 2015

Why we need the New Society

Why we need the New Society

Sthirajyoti kicks off Buddhist Action Month with a talk looking at the ‘new society’ and why we need it. June 2015

The Great Turning: Talk 2

The Great Turning: Talk 2

Continuing the theme of ‘turning towards’, Sona explores how we can do this collectively, as a Sangha. May 2015

Transforming Mara

Transforming Mara

Vajratara talks about dead dogs, showers of money and shapeshifting in early Buddhist stories. May 2015

Faith and Doubt

Faith and Doubt

Mokshajyoti explores the theme of doubt and the role it can play in the Dharma life. May 2015

A Message to my Selves

A Message to my Selves

Maniraja explores how Yogachara Buddhism speaks of a consciousness of four selves called manas. March 2015

Radical Embrace: Week Five

Radical Embrace: Week Five

Singhashri discusses how we can liberate our mind from unhelpful habits and attachments through mindfulness. December 2014

Radical Embrace: Week Three

Radical Embrace: Week Three

Singhashri continues her exploration, looking at Feeling and the Dhyana factors that bring pleasure and absorption in our meditation. November 2014

Radical Embrace: Week Two

Radical Embrace: Week Two

Singhashri introduces Insight Dialogue – a way of communicating the freshness and immediacy of direct experience. November 2014

Radical Embrace: Week One

Radical Embrace: Week One

Singhashri introduces the Radical Embrace – the possibility of opening to the full range of our experience with clarity and insight. October 2014

Sangha as Pure Land

Sangha as Pure Land

Ratnaguna asks how the spirit of the Pure Land can come about in the midst of the Sangha. June 2014

Imagining Amitabha

Imagining Amitabha

Vidyamala talks about her relationship with the archetypal Buddha Amitabha – the Buddha of Love, at our 2014 Sangha Retreat

Buddharaksita on Compassion

Buddharaksita on Compassion

Buddharaksita talks about the importance and profundity of perhaps the most characteristic Buddhist virtue – compassion. May 2014

Simple Gifts

Simple Gifts

Vidyadevi reflects on her friendship with Sangharakshita. February 2014

Who is Sangharakshita?

Who is Sangharakshita?

Arthapriya speaks about Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. February 2014

Amitasuri on Parinirvana Day

Amitasuri on Parinirvana Day

Amitasuri talks with the BBC’s Mike Shaft about Parinirvana Day, when Buddhists commemorate the Buddha’s final passing. February 2014.

Some Pali Chants

Some Pali Chants

Ancient verses chanted in Buddhist devotional rituals in Pali – the language the Buddha would have spoken.

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