In this talk, Padmavajra tells us why the Buddha's communication of the Dharma is described as the Lion's Roar. He tells us that when the Buddha communicates, we sit up and listen very carefully because the King of Truth has spoken. He also tells us how, following the Buddha, the great Buddhist teachers have always attuned themselves to the aspirations and needs of particular individuals and cultures. Padmavajra brings this into his own times through explaining a teaching he received from his teacher, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita: the Six Dharmas of Protection.
The second wave of covid is causing poverty, distress and death in India. As a way of responding to these terrible circumstances, Padmavajra will give a live-streamed talk tomorrow evening from the Padmaloka shrine room. Join us for this special event to raise funds for the urgent Covid-19 care in India.
This worldwide event will take place on Tuesday the 20th of April at this time:
US PST 11:00 | US EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04:00 (next day) | New Zealand 06:00 (next day)
The Abhayaratna Trust is raising money to help support Indian Order Members and Mitras in India to pay for Covid treatment privately as the public hospitals are currently overwhelmed.
Seven Order members have died recently due to Covid and it may yet get worse.
The Abhayaratna Trust are also giving grants for families to support themselves who have been unable to work due to Covid.
In this series of talks given during a Going for Refuge retreat this spring at Padmaloka, Padmasagara, Dharmadipa, and Vidyadaka explores the motto of Sangharakshita’s teacher and friend Dhardo Rimpoche: 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'
We are all looking for some kind of liberation. This can be liberation from immediate psychological or emotional suffering, through to relief from deeper existential suffering. The Buddhadharma offers a clear path and method to relieve suffering. Through the simple act of paying attention to our breathing, bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts we are able to see into the constantly changing nature of reality and free ourselves from clinging. This makes it possible to purify and liberate ourselves.
The ten Dharmachari precepts are what an Order member lives by; they are what Sangharakshita has called ‘the Mula Pratimoksha’ – the basic ethical code.
We will study and practice these ‘Ten Pillars’ of Buddhism and of life in the Order on this retreat, as well as reflecting on and discussing them in the context of our spiritual lives.
This retreat takes place between 17th and 24h of April and is open for men who’ve asked for ordination as well as order members.
We’re delighted to announce that a new series of talks from Padmaloka is now available on Freebuddhistaudio.com.
In these talks given during the Winter Retreat at Padmaloka last year on the theme of Just Sitting and the Diamond Sutra, Satyaraja introduces us to the Just Sitting practice.
Please follow this link to access the talk: https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC4961
We’re happy to announce that there are places available for the upcoming ‘What is the Order?’ online retreat here at Padmaloka.
Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha needs a specific spiritual community for it to be fully expressed: it needs, in other words, an Order.
The Triratna Buddhist Order transcends the distinction between monk and lay and places the spiritual and existential act of Going for Refuge at its very heart.
In this talk given to the Mid-Essex Buddhist centre as part of a series on Faith, Padmavajra explores Sangharakshita's saying that faith is the ultimate in us responding to the ultimate in the universe. As well as exploring the essential importance of faith in our Dharma lives, he also refers to the traditional hierarchical structure of the universe and to the saying of a German mystic, following Plotinus, that says that we can only see the sun because there is something of the sun within our eye.
We’re happy to announce that there are available spaces on the upcoming Going for Refuge retreat starting this Saturday evening.
Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is ‘the central and definitive act of the Buddhist life’ and ‘the unifying principle, therefore, of Buddhism itself,’ according to Sangharakshita.