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

Uploaded: 16th May 2022

In this interview, Padmavajra and Suryanaga explores the theme of confidence, potency and magical attainments in the Dharma life. It was given during an Order Weekend at Padmaloka on the theme of the Four Iddhipadas, or the Four Bases of Power.

Uploaded: 3rd Apr 2022

Urgyen Sangharakshita, the teacher and founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and movement holds a central position within it. In this interview that took place during the ‘What is the Order?’ retreat, Maitreyabandhu, with great sensitivity and clarity, draws out Padmavajra who shares with complete honesty and openness his personal relationship with his teacher, the responsibility of being a public preceptor, perspectives on controversies within the movement, and Bhante’s position within the Order today. During this hour and a half, we have the great fortune to witness Padmavajra witnessing Bhante, and Sangharakshita in his turn witnessing Dhardo Rimpoche who witnesses the Buddha. The interview finishes with a period of questions and answers with the audience. This recording can be seen with video on the Padmaloka YouTube channel.

Uploaded: 3rd Apr 2022

In this talk Maitreyabandhu investigates the fourth and the last of the acceptance verses with great warmth, humour and clarity. He explores its significance by drawing on the drama of the Sevenfold Puja, and the mystery and profundity of the Bodhisattva Ideal as expressed in the Diamond Sutra; that all beings need to be saved whilst realizing that there are no beings to be saved. A vision of truth and a culture of spiritual friendship are crucial for this vow to be lived out, and that is what the Triratna Buddhist Order has to offer.

Uploaded: 3rd Apr 2022

Enlightenment being ineffable and indescribable, it is perhaps best explored through deeply contemplating the life of the Buddha - the living embodiment of Enlightenment. In this talk, Padmasagara guides us through the Ariyapariyesana sutta and draws out 5 essential points from the life of the Buddha to help us in our practice of the third ordination acceptance verse - 'for the attainment of enlightenment, I accept this ordination'.

Uploaded: 3rd Apr 2022

In this classic Surata-style talk he gives a clear and inspiring definition of the true nature of harmony and draws out the spiritual significance of it. Spiritual friendship is an absolute necessity for living the Dharma life and Surata emphasises the need for engaging with other people in order to grow and develop as an individual. Integration and self-knowledge are indispensable for true communication to take place.

Uploaded: 3rd Apr 2022

Satyaraja begins the series of talks on the four acceptance verses with an inspiring, careful, and systematic exploration of the verse ‘With Loyalty to my Teachers, I Accept this Ordination’. He investigates the centrality of the relationship with Bhante Sangharakshita, our own preceptors and the world and culture which we join at the sacred moment of ordination.

Uploaded: 25th Feb 2022

Dharmashalin gave this talk in February 2022 at Padmaloka during the Great Gathering, themed 'Energy and the Symbolism of the Stupa'. In this talk, he explores the stupa, the different elements (earth, water, air, fire and space) and how we can work with them in our Dharma life. Dharmashalin gives several useful, funny and down-to-earth examples to help us pick the low hanging fruits in the spiritual life.

Uploaded: 13th Feb 2022

Padmasagara invokes the Dakini to examine the horizontal dimension of spiritual friendship and encourages us to develop strong positive emotion, honesty and openness, and enter the cremation ground - or 'crucial situation' - with our spiritual friends. The talk is both mythic and practical, and provides a brilliant crescendo to his series 'Of the Mysteries of Spiritual Friendship and the Three Tantric Refuges'.

Uploaded: 13th Feb 2022

The imagination is the faculty by which we can liberate ourselves from self-preoccupation and increasingly identify and empathise with our spiritual friends, but this is easier said than done. In the third talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the obstacles that prevent us seeing people as people and suggests ways in which they can be overcome. Replete with quotes, stories and images from the Pali Canon, the Mahayana Sutras and Sangharakshita's memoirs and lectures, this is a rich, insightful and challenging talk.

Uploaded: 13th Feb 2022

In the second talk in the series, Padmasagara gets to grips with concepts such as spiritual hierarchy and offers a commentary on the Buddha's encounter with a young hedonist named Yasa to demonstrate the importance of the vertical dimension of spiritual friendship. The talk concludes with a wonderful evocation of the beauty of the path to Enlightenment and its manifestation in those we look up to as our teachers and guides.

Uploaded: 13th Feb 2022

In the opening talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the profundity of the Buddha's statement that spiritual friendship is 'the whole of the spiritual life' or, in other words, the whole of the Going for Refuge. He emphasises the "guhya" (secret or hidden) nature of spiritual friendship and demonstrates how its emergence in the world was inseparable from the Buddha's ineffable Nirvana. The talk concludes by drawing out some important implications and challenges us to reflect on how central spiritual friendship is in our lives.

Uploaded: 16th Jan 2022

Padmasagara invokes the Dakini to examine the horizontal dimension of spiritual friendship and encourages us to develop strong positive emotion, honesty and openness, and enter the cremation ground - or 'crucial situation' - with our spiritual friends. The talk is both mythic and practical, and provides a brilliant crescendo to his series 'Of the Mysteries of Spiritual Friendship and the Three Tantric Refuges'.

Uploaded: 16th Jan 2022

The imagination is the faculty by which we can liberate ourselves from self-preoccupation and increasingly identify and empathise with our spiritual friends, but this is easier said than done. In the third talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the obstacles that prevent us seeing people as people and suggests ways in which they can be overcome. Replete with quotes, stories and images from the Pali Canon, the Mahayana Sutras and Sangharakshita's memoirs and lectures, this is a rich, insightful and challenging talk.

Uploaded: 16th Jan 2022

In the second talk in the series, Padmasagara gets to grips with concepts such as spiritual hierarchy and offers a commentary on the Buddha's encounter with a young hedonist named Yasa to demonstrate the importance of the vertical dimension of spiritual friendship. The talk concludes with a wonderful evocation of the beauty of the path to Enlightenment and its manifestation in those we look up to as our teachers and guides.

Uploaded: 16th Jan 2022

In the opening talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the profundity of the Buddha's statement that spiritual friendship is 'the whole of the spiritual life' or, in other words, the whole of the Going for Refuge. He emphasises the "guhya" (secret or hidden) nature of spiritual friendship and demonstrates how its emergence in the world was inseparable from the Buddha's ineffable Nirvana. The talk concludes by drawing out some important implications and challenges us to reflect on how central spiritual friendship is in our lives.

Uploaded: 8th Jan 2022

In this short talk given during the Young Men's Weekend retreat at Padmaloka, Khemabandhu shares some experiences of his personal encounters with Guru Padmasambhava, the effects that those had on his life, as well some reflections on Bhante Sangharakshita's teaching on energy.

Uploaded: 8th Jan 2022

In this short talk given during the Young Men's Weekend retreat at Padmaloka, Padmabhasa shares a bit about his first encounters with Padmasambhava. We'll hear about the mysterious treasure of Sri Singha, Padmasambhava's subjugation of the Gods of Tibet, as well as some practical advice that Padmabhasa was given by his own teachers on what we can do to reveal a deeper beauty of life.

Uploaded: 7th Jan 2022

In this introduction to Padmasambhava Vidyadaka guides us through the symbolism of Padmasambhava's appearance on a lotus, in the centre of Lake Dhanakosa. We hear about the qualities of the lake, the land of Uddiyana, King Indrabhuti's plight and uncover their deeper meanings and relevance to our own life. Vidyadaka also describes Padmasambhava, his own initial discovery of him and Bhante's first glimpse of the Great Guru in Darjeeling.

Uploaded: 23rd Dec 2021

In this talk given during the Winter Retreat at Padmaloka, Padmavajra explores the profound truth of the Diamond Sutra, Bhante Sangharakshita's relationship with the text, as well as providing us with inspiration and instructions for practicing patience in our daily life.

Uploaded: 1st Nov 2021

In this talk given to the men at Padmaloka during the Autumn Great Gathering 2021, Padmavajra explores the myth of Tharpa Nagpur from the Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava. In this stirring talk, he explores the demon in society and in ourselves and how to transform it. This talk is the second part of the series: Padmasambhava - the Master for Troubled Times.

Uploaded: 1st Nov 2021

In this talk given to the men at Padmaloka during the Autumn Great Gathering 2021, Bodhinaga explores the myth of Padmasambhava arriving in Tibet. When he meets the king he refuses to bow. And then, by taming the demons of Tibet, he builds Samye Monastery. Who are we serving in our life: the king or Padmasamhava? Who are our inner demons? And how can we use their energy for the Dharma? This talk is the first part of the series: Padmasambhava - the Master for Troubled Times.

Uploaded: 18th Oct 2021

Spiritual friendship is not an added-on part of Going for Refuge, nor is it the Buddhist equivalent to having some mates - rather it is of the essence of the spiritual life and a vital means of communication, emotional development, and meaning - not to mention challenge and enjoyment. But how do we do it and what does it look like? During the 2021 Spiritual Friendship Retreat at Padmaloka, three Order members each gave a talk exploring different aspects of Spiritual Friendship. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the third of these talks, Jnanavaca draws out perspectives on the theme in a talk called ‘The Friend of the World’. This talk is part of the series ‘Padmaloka Spiritual Friendship Retreat 2021’.

Uploaded: 18th Oct 2021

Spiritual friendship is not an added-on part of Going for Refuge, nor is it the Buddhist equivalent to having some mates - rather it is of the essence of the spiritual life and a vital means of communication, emotional development, and meaning - not to mention challenge and enjoyment. But how do we do it and what does it look like? During the 2021 Spiritual Friendship Retreat at Padmaloka, three Order members each gave a talk exploring different aspects of Spiritual Friendship. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the second of these talks, Vidyadaka draws out perspectives on the theme in a talk called ‘Meeting Spiritual Friends’. This talk is part of the series ‘Padmaloka Spiritual Friendship Retreat 2021’.

Uploaded: 18th Oct 2021

Spiritual friendship is not an added-on part of Going for Refuge, nor is it the Buddhist equivalent to having some mates - rather it is of the essence of the spiritual life and a vital means of communication, emotional development, and meaning - not to mention challenge and enjoyment. But how do we do it and what does it look like? During the 2021 Spiritual Friendship Retreat at Padmaloka, three Order members each gave a talk exploring different aspects of Spiritual Friendship. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the first of these talks, Padmavajra draws out perspectives on the theme in a talk called ‘A lovely intimacy’. This talk is part of the series ‘Padmaloka Spiritual Friendship Retreat 2021’.

Uploaded: 26th Sep 2021

In this talk Padmavajra explores the Meghiya Sutta from the perspective of Spiritual Friendship and the supportive conditions that flow out of spiritual friendship. Talk given 18 September 2021 in Padmaloka during the Going For Refuge Weekend on Love, Friendship and Freedom.

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.