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

Uploaded: 10th Jul 2022

In his second presentation, Padmavajra explores the poem The Unseen Flower. In the course of his talk Padmavajra explores in some detail the symbolism of perfume, emptiness, compassion and finally arriving at some reflections on Bhante's long poem The Veil of Stars.

Uploaded: 10th Jul 2022

In this talk Padmavajra gives his own interpretation of Bhante's Advent. A poem about waiting long into the night, waiting for a mysterious stranger and what happens when he arrives. In the course of his exploration, Padmavajra refers to the Indian devotional term viraha or anguished separation of the lover, the poetry of George Herbert, Rilke's Duino Elegies and alchemy.

Uploaded: 12th Jun 2022

Bhante Sangharakshita's 'A Survey of Buddhism' is an incredibly rich and dense work of literature in which he expounds all of the essential doctrines in Buddhism. For this very reason the book may come across as a slightly daunting subject of study. In this talk, Dharmadipa shares his knowledge and expertise in relation to studying the Dharma, and in particular how to approach Bhante's Magnum Opus, 'A Survey of Buddhism'. The talk was given during the Transcendental Principle retreat at Padmaloka in the summer of 2022.

Uploaded: 10th Jun 2022

Don’t listen to this talk if you want a straightforward explanation of what a dakini may or may not be. In fact, what is prompting you to listen to a talk on the dakini in the first place? Vidyadaka talks around the theme in this rousing exploration of the dakini, the gestalt and the artist.

Uploaded: 10th Jun 2022

Who and what is the Guru? How does one go for refuge to him? And what does it mean to be a disciple? These are some of the questions covered in this talk, in which Surata evokes and explores the nature of the esoteric (guhya) Buddha Refuge; the Guru. The talk was given during the Secret Refuges retreat at Padmaloka in the summer of 2020.

Uploaded: 10th Jun 2022

In the tantric tradition, the yidam - the Buddha or Bodhisattva upon which one meditates intently - is the "guhya" or secret Dharma refuge because they embody the entire Dharma. For us, as modern western Buddhists following Sangharakshita's particular presentation of the Dharma, is it appropriate that we see the Dharma refuge in the same terms? In this talk, Padmasagara argues that we need a broader approach to Going for Refuge to the Dharma which includes the strong foundations of a clear conceptual understanding of the Buddha's teaching, while also including a "guhya" or secret dimension derived from the three things given to us by our preceptor at the time of the private ordination ceremony: the refuges and precepts, the mantra and visualization practice of a particular Buddha or Bodhisattva, and a Dharma name.

Uploaded: 10th Jun 2022

In this introductory talk, Padmavajra goes back to the earliest descriptions of Going for Refuge and explores the Refuges as the true reliances in life. He also explores why Bhante talked about the Secret Refuges in his first presentation of Effective Going for Refuge.

Uploaded: 6th Jun 2022

In this talk Padmavajra explores the the eight consciousnesses of the Yogacara, the eight great cremation grounds and the 'mysterious home of the dakini'. The talk was given during the men's Great Gathering in the summer of 2020.

Uploaded: 6th Jun 2022

In this wide ranging talk, Amalayodhin gives an introduction to the history and symbol of the cremation grounds. Given on a summer men's Great Gathering at Padmaloka, the talk covers topics such as death, taking responsibility and avoiding blame and resentment. He draws out the necessity of seeking out those places that demand more of us then we can give in our current form, and in process break and reform as more potent, loving and effective beings.

Uploaded: 22nd May 2022

In this talk Khemabandhu takes us on a journey into the terrifying cremation grounds which Padmasambhava deliberately sought out. The facing of our deepest fears presents us with and incredible opportunity for spiritual development, but how do we summon up the courage necessary to do so? This talk was given during a young men's retreat held at Padmaloka in the spring of 2022

Uploaded: 21st May 2022

Reflection and deep contemplation can bring a whole new dimension to life and reveal truths that would otherwise be left hidden. In this talk, Prajnahridaya explores the 4th 'basis of power' of vimamsa, often translated as 'investigation', by evoking the depth and profundity of some fundamental Buddhist teachings.

Uploaded: 21st May 2022

Who is Padmasambhava? How did he come into existence? What is he here to do? In this talk, Padmabhasa explores the meaning and significance of the myth of the birth of Padmasambhava.

Uploaded: 21st May 2022

In this talk, Dharmasara relates the story of how Padmasambhava subdued the demons of Tibet in order to be able to build Samye monastery. In order to subdue our own demons, we need to become a true individual, and true individuals are at the core of what constitutes a spiritual community. The monastery of Samye working is a symbol for a flourishing spiritual community which is not dependent on the views and collective unconscious of a particular place, but instead puts them to their own service.

Uploaded: 21st May 2022

Padmasambhava left Tibet to travel to the Copper Coloured Mountain somewhere in the south-west. We went there to convert the rakshasas, the human flesh eating ogres who were threatening to devour human beings. In this world Padmasambhava created his pure Buddhafield. He resides there now in the Lotus Light Palace in the midst of the glorious spontaneous expression of Enlightened Activity amidst a dazzling swirl of dakas and dakinis joyously converting the ogres. Padmavajra tells us how this dazzling vision is really about our world right now and how we can play our part in the work of fighting and converting all that threatens the distinctively human.

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.