These talks have all been given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre and uploaded to the Free Buddhist Audio website.

Uploaded: 3rd Jul 2021

In this talk given on an online men's Great Gathering. Padmavajra reads and comments on Bhante's short poem 'I Want to Break Out..." In this talk we hear about Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita in the very early days of starting the Order and Movement in London. We hear about tramping the windy moor, about friendship and communication. We hear about "cutting up the Void with a knife", pitching the stars from their place - and being blinded by the sky blue eye of Reality. This is a talk about a poem filled with ecstasy of breaking out and breaking through...

Uploaded: 27th May 2021

In this talk, Surata explores the last of the four acceptance verses or vows and clarifies the true nature of ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order, which one accepts for the benefit of all beings.

Uploaded: 27th May 2021

When we Go for Refuge, we can only Go for Refuge to that which is lokuttara - 'beyond the world'. In the third talk in this series, Satyaraja speaks of the need for a total orientation of our being towards Enlightenment through setting up conditions (pratitya samutpada), and the development of the Five Spiritual Faculties.

Uploaded: 27th May 2021

Through looking closely at 'In harmony with friends and companions' Vidyadaka explores the conditions for disharmony, and talks about envy and miserliness. We need to overcome these two unskilful mental states in order to discover harmony and to keep the pathway open to the dharma. By developing kindly speech and generosity we discover that a deep harmony can arise which is symbolized by the 1000 Armed, 11 headed Avalokitesvara.

Uploaded: 27th May 2021

In the first of a series of talks on the four ordination acceptance verses or vows, Padmasagara begins with the theme of loyalty towards our spiritual teachers by exploring the Buddha's encounter with a young hedonist named Yasa in the Deer Park at Isipathana.

Uploaded: 5th Apr 2021

In this talk Dharmadipa looks at the third part of Dhardo Rimpoche's Motto "Radiate Love". The talk begins with the significance of the Metta Bhavana as well as practical tips about the practice. This is followed by an exploration of the Bodhisattva Ideal, connecting teachings from the "Mind Training" tradition with Shunyata and the Mahayana Sutras. Finally Dharmadipa explores how the three parts of the Motto hang together and support each other. This talk is part of a series on Dhardo Rimpoche's motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'.

Uploaded: 5th Apr 2021

In this talk on 'Live United' Vidyadaka explores how we actually do this and draws out deeper aspects of its meaning. Firstly, we need to live united with ourselves, then learn to live united with others, with our teachers and with reality. Covering themes such as the true individual, spiritual friendship, vertical communication, and renunciation. This talk is part of a series on Dhardo Rimpoche's motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'.

Uploaded: 4th Apr 2021

In the Amitayurdhyana sutra of the Pureland tradition, the Buddha Shakyamuni manifests himself before the imprisoned Queen, Vaidehi - thrown into the deepest dungeon by her son, Prince Ajatasatru - and teaches her to meditate on the Buddha Amitabha in the western Buddhafield of Sukhavati, the Land of Bliss. In this talk, Padmasagara draws themes from the sutra to demonstrate that in order to 'Cherish the Doctrine', we must understand its value, appreciate its beauty, and connect to it on the basis of Imagination. This talk is part of a series on Dhardo Rimpoche's motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'.

Uploaded: 4th Apr 2021

To introduce a series of talks on the motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love', Padmasagara gives a biographical sketch of Dhardo Rimpoche's life, told primarily through the eyes of our own teacher - Urgyen Sangharakshita - who came to regard Dhardo Rimpoche as a 'living bodhisattva' and from whom he received the bodhisattva ordination in 1962. This talk is part of a series on Dhardo Rimpoche's motto 'Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love'.

Uploaded: 21st Mar 2021

In this series of talks, Satyaraja introduces us to the Just Sitting practice. The talks were given during the 2020 online Winter Retreat at Padmaloka on the theme of Just Sitting and the Diamond Sutra.

Uploaded: 6th Nov 2020

In this very personal talk given to the Padmaloka Community and streamed to the Dublin Men's Sangha (who requested the talk) Padmavajra talks about his connection with Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita, including his first and last meetings with him, as well as a number of other significant meetings in between. Padmavajra is in no doubt that his meeting with Bhante completely changed his life. The talk was given on Bhante's second death anniversary on Friday 30th October 2020.

Uploaded: 29th Aug 2020

In his final talk exploring Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra introduces us to Shantideva's exposition of the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Wisdom. Here, Shantideva tells us about the two truths, the conventional and the ultimate, as well as of the true meaning emptiness, which is the cure for the terrible sufferings that we undergo. In doing this he gives us a glimpse of the Bodhisattva "respectfully teaching emptiness ... to those who imagine a real world". The vision of emptiness opens into the final chapter Parinamana, in which Shantideva dedicates the merit of his Bodhicaryavatara for the benefit of all beings. Shantideva's dedication describes the boundless creativity of the Bodhicitta. "It is for the sake of Wisdom that the Muni taught this entire collection of preparations. Therefore, in the desire to put an end to suffering, one should develop wisdom."

Uploaded: 29th Aug 2020

"What is so special about me?" - Shantideva's Perfection of Meditation In the penultimate talk in his series devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter eight, the Perfection of Meditation (dhyana paramita). In this chapter, Shantideva tells us that in order to go deeply into meditation, we need to go into the solitude of body and mind, renouncing all worldly attachments and the usual way in which we relate to others. Having doing that, he shows how to develop an entirely new mind and heart, with a completely different way of being with others. This is achieved through the realisation of the sameness of self and others and the exchange of self and others. "Why say many words. Fools do things for themselves, the Buddha works for the welfare of others. Just look at the difference".

Uploaded: 29th Aug 2020

"Like someone hankering for the pleasure and fruit of love-play" Padmavajra's seventh talk on Shantideva's Bodhicarayvatara is an exploration of chapter seven, the Perfection of Vigour (virya paramita). In this chapter Shantideva, makes it very clear that without virya there is no Enlightenment. He tells us what virya is, as well as what opposes virya, which include, sloth, laziness and self-contempt. He explains that virya is developed through the application of six powers: desire; pride; delight; letting go; dedication; and self-mastery. "Having become patient one should cultivate vigour, because Enlightenment depends on vigour. For without vigour there is no merit, just as there is no movement without wind".

Uploaded: 29th Aug 2020

'Serenity, freedom from disease, joy and long life, the happiness of an emperor, prosperity; these the patient person receives while continuing in cyclic existence.' Padmavajra's sixth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara explores Shantideva's thorough exploration of the perfection of patience. In this chapter, Shantideva brings our attention to the seriousness of the faults of hatred and anger. He shows how such states of mind arise and gives a number of ways in which patience can be cultivated in relation to the various sufferings inherent in life, especially towards those who cause us - or our nearest and dearest - harm. It is clear that the practice of patience requires tremendous faith, strength and vision if it is to be perfected.

Uploaded: 27th Aug 2020

'One should speak confident, measured words, clear in meaning, delighting the mind, pleasing to the ear, soft and slow, and stemming from love' In his fifth talk devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter five 'The Guarding of Total Awareness'. In this chapter Shantideva makes vividly clear the importance of mindfulness and awareness of purpose in the Bodhisattvas life. Shantideva tells us about the centrality and power of the mind and the need for scrupulous attention to every detail of our lives. His discussion of mindfulness embraces the importance of mindfulness of the body and it's movements, mindfulness of things, as well as mindfulness of others. He also reveals how we can develop and protect mindfulness. Shantideva's discussion makes it clear that the development of total awareness is achieved through a life wholeheartedly devoted to the Bodhisattva training.

Uploaded: 22nd Jun 2020

A recording of the salutation to the Three Jewels, the Tiratanavandana, chanted in the Padmaloka Shrine room June 2020.

Uploaded: 15th May 2020

Padmasagara leads through the Going for Refuge and Prostration Practice. For an introduction to the practice, watch Padmasagara's video: https://youtu.be/UiC5xZQb8G8 Download the printouts to go along with the practice here: https://bit.ly/GFRprintout

Uploaded: 10th May 2020

Satyaraja leads through the visualization and mantra recitation practice of the Buddha Shakyamuni. This practice is sometimes practised during retreats at Padmaloka and in fact used to be given at the time of an individual becoming a mitra. The recording took place on Wednesday 6th May 2020 during a community silent retreat day at Padmaloka as part of a 2-day celebration of Wesak, otherwise known as Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Day.

Uploaded: 9th May 2020

"The defilements do not dwell in objects, nor in the collection of the senses, nor in the space in between. There is nowhere else for them to dwell and yet they churn up the entire universe." In his fourth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, given on the weekly Padmaloka retreat, Padmavajra explores Shantideva's discussion of vigilance (apramada) in relation to the cultivation of the Bodhicitta. In this chapter, Shantideva takes a sober look at the promises he has made to liberate all beings and the full implications of breaking those promises. He takes a good hard look at what will destroy the Bodhicitta, which are the defilements (kleshas) and strongly evokes the warrior spirit, declaring war on the defilements. He also reveals that he will do that through cultivating 'wisdom's glare'.

Uploaded: 27th Apr 2020

"The defilements do not dwell in objects, nor in the collection of the senses, nor in the space in between. There is nowhere else for them to dwell and yet they churn up the entire universe."  In his fourth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, given on the weekly Padmaloka retreat, Padmavajra explores Shantideva's discussion of vigilance (apramada) in relation to the cultivation of the Bodhicitta. In this chapter, Shantideva takes a sober look at the promises he has made to liberate all beings and the full implications of breaking those promises. He takes a good hard look at what will destroy the Bodhicitta, which are the defilements (kleshas) and strongly evokes the warrior spirit, declaring war on the defilements. He also reveals that he will do that through cultivating 'wisdom's glare'.

Uploaded: 25th Apr 2020

"For the caravan of famished beings wandering the road of existence, hungry for the enjoyment of happiness, this is a feast of happiness offered as refreshment to all who come". In his third talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores themes from the third chapter, 'The Full Acceptance of the Bodhicitta', in which Shantideva describes the wonder of the arising of the Bodhicitta, the profound selflessness of the Bodhisattva Vow and the pride of being born as a Buddha son. The talk was given in honour of Bodhisattva Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti and our brothers and sisters in India. Throughout the talk Padmavajra refers to Dr Ambedkar's life.

Uploaded: 23rd Apr 2020

"And I give myself to the Conquerors completely, and to their sons. Take possession of me Sublime Beings. In devotion I become your servant". In his second talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra tells us how Shantideva takes to heart, ever more firmly, the Bodhicitta, through his lavish performance of puja and a searing confession of faults. The talk was given in the shrine room on the weekly Padmaloka day retreat. It was given in honour of the anniversary of Sangharakshita's founding of the Triratna Buddhist Order on 7th April 1968.

Uploaded: 3rd Apr 2020

"Taking this image of the human form the Bodhicitta transmutes it into the priceless image of the Jewel of the Conqueror. Grasp tightly this highly potent elixir, known as the Bodhicitta, which must be thoroughly worked." In his first talk on Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara, given on a day retreat to the Padmaloka community, Padmavajra speaks of Sangharakshita's evocation of the Bodhicitta. He goes on to talk about his discovery of the Bodhicarayavatara and what is known of the life of Shantideva. The main part of the talk is Padmavajra's discussion of some of the verses of the first chapter of the Bodhicaryavatara, especially of verse ten, in which the Bodhicitta is likened to the highly potent quicksilver elixir of the alchemist, capable of transforming the worst of things into the Bodhicitta. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre on the 1st April 2020.

Uploaded: 3rd Apr 2020

On the thirtieth anniversary of death of Urgyen Sangharakshita's teacher - Dhardo Rimpoche, Padmavajra commemorates Rinpoche's life, work and example and how his message might inspire us in these fearful times. The talk was given in the Padmaloka shrine room to the Padmaloka community on a day devoted to honouring Dhardo Rimpoche.

Uploaded: 3rd Apr 2020

Satyaraja leads us through the Bodhicitta practice, otherwise known as 'tonglen'. I'd recommend first listening to the talk on the practice given by Satyaraja during the Padmaloka 2018 Winter Retreat, 'The Awakening of the Bodhi Heart', where he introduces and explains the practice more fully: https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC4626 The meditation was recorded during a Padmaloka community day retreat held during the 'COVID-19 rainy season'.

Uploaded: 2nd Apr 2020

Towards the end of 2018 Satyaraja led the Padmaloka Winter Retreat, 'The Awakening of the Bodhi Heart'. This was a two-week intensive meditation retreat for men training for ordination and Order members. The retreat was centred around the 'Bodhicitta practice', also known as 'tonglen', a weighty meditation practice that, through contemplating emptiness and arousing great compassion, aims at nothing less than giving rise to the Bodhicitta, or 'will to Enlightenment' for the benefit of all. During this talk Satyaraja introduces us to the principles and form of this profound practice.

Uploaded: 28th Mar 2020

At the beginning of March Satyaraja led a new retreat at Padmaloka, titled 'Essential Meditation'. The aim was to provide people with a foundational toolkit of principles and practical guidance to help them take full ownership of their meditation practice and therefore develop it to the next level. The retreat covered all areas of working in meditation from posture, balanced effort and working on the hindrances, to access concentration, the dhyanas and insight. The talks are by Satyaraja, Dharmadipa and Surata. Some of the meditations were also recorded, which you may like to use for guideded meditation. It was amazing to see the extent to which people's meditation practices were transformed and enriched during the course of the week, just by emphasizing and applying these so called 'basics'. You can download a document containing the various lists mentioned in the talks here: bit.ly/EssentialLists 

Uploaded: 21st Mar 2020

Padmavajra gives a talk on how to Go for Refuge in times of adversity, even in a time of fear. Given the situation of the world today, with threat of sickness and great uncertainty, how do we practise as Buddhists? How do we continue to deepen our practice of loving kindness, of awareness? What is the real response to the situation we find ourselves in today? Recorded on the 18th March 2020 in the Padmaloka shrine room, with an audience of the Padmaloka community.

Uploaded: 5th Mar 2020

In this talk Bodhinaga explores Bhante Sangharakshitas classic talk 'Mind - Reactive and Creative', given in 1967. He does this through the image of the Wheel of Life and its power to function as a mirror, reflecting back our mind. He also uses personal examples to ellucidate how to check the reactive mind and ccultivate the creative mind. Talk given during the February Great Gathering weekend at Padmaloka Retreat Centre.