These talks have all been given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre and uploaded to the Free Buddhist Audio website.
Padmajaya, who has been obsessed with finding treasures since childhood, explores the symbolism of the buried treasure through a mix of personal anecdotes and stories from the Buddhist tradition. Also, there is a story about a terrifying piece of cloth. The talk was given during a sub-35 weekend at Padmaloka in November 2017.
What is it that is truly essential to human and spiritual life? With warmth, conviction and inspiration, Padmavajra explores the crucially important themes of bodhicitta, reverence and love. This talk was given as part of the third Great Gathering at Padmaloka in 2017.
Spiritual practice can be thought of in terms of developing positive qualities within ourselves. But in a very real sense it also consists in creating sufficiently beautiful conditions within our minds so that something from outside us may be invited in. This talk was given by Vadanya during the third Great Gathering of 2017 at Padmaloka.
As part of the 2016 Mythic Context retreat at Padmaloka Maitreyabandhu led a number of meditation workshops for men training for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order, based on Sangharakshita's System of Practice. These sessions are packed with tips, tools and insightful pointers, all with the aim of deepening one's practice of meditation, and consequently of enriching one's whole life.
During the 2017 'What is the Order?' Going for Refuge retreat at Padmaloka, four Order members each gave a talk on one of the four vows taken when being ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the fourth and final talk of the series Padmasagara speaks about the fourth orination vow, "for the benefit of all beings, I accept this ordination". With confidence and clarity he elucidates the significance and necessity of altruism in human life, what this means from the Buddhist perspective, and how the Triratna Buddhist Order can benefit others and the world.
During the 2017 'What is the Order?' Going for Refuge retreat at Padmaloka, four Order members each gave a talk on one of the four vows taken when being ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the third talk of the series Satyaraja speaks about the third orination vow, "for the attainment of Enlightenment, I accept this ordination". With his usual warmth and clarity he explores topics such as the impossibility of a personal liberation, the necessity to reflect on our motives and how we can practically relate to Enlightenment, the goal of the Buddhist life.
During the 2017 'What is the Order?' Going for Refuge retreat at Padmaloka, four Order members each gave a talk on one of the four vows taken when being ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In this first talk Padmavajra begins by speaking about the significance of the Triratna ordination ceremonies, before proceeding to passionately, personally and reverentially expound how he relates to the first vow, "with loyalty to my teachers, I accept this ordination". Unfortunately due to a hardware fault the second talk in the series given by Arthapriya was not recorded.
During the second Great Gathering of 2016 at Padmaloka, 'The Buddha's Vision of Friendship', Padmavajra gave three inspiring talks on the 'Meeting Spiritual Friends' chapter of The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by the great Tibetan master Gampopa. This was the second Buddhist text that Sangharakshita taught on the first Padmaloka retreat. In this text Gampopa reveals the Buddha's vision of the whole range of spiritual friends, from the Buddha, down to the most important of all, the spiritual friend in the form of an ordinary human being.
During the first Great Gathering of 2016 at Padmaloka, 'The Buddha's Noble Quest', Padmavajra led three inspiring seminars on the Ariyapariyesana Sutta. The sutta contains one of the oldest versions of the life of the Buddha, given by the Buddha himself. It was the first text on which Sangharakshita led a seminar on the first retreat held at Padmaloka.
During the third Great Gathering of 2016 at Padmaloka, 'The Perfect Wisdom of the Gentle Buddhas', Padmavajra led three inspiring seminars on the Ratnagunasamcayagatha, a Perfection of Wisdom text.
The last of three talks on shraddha, or faith, given by Saddharaja at Padmaloka as part of the 2017 Summer retreat 'Gateways to Enlightenment'. Saddharaja concludes the series by giving 15 different things we can do to deepen our faith.
The second of three talks on shraddha, or faith, given by Saddharaja at Padmaloka as part of the 2017 Summer retreat 'Gateways to Enlightenment'. Saddharaja continues his exploration of the theme by looking at doubt, and then the traditional 3 dimensions of shraddha: emotional, cognitive and volitional.
The first of three talks on shraddha, or faith, given by Saddharaja at Padmaloka as part of the 2017 Summer retreat 'Gateways to Enlightenment'. The talk serves as a clear, rich and engrossing introduction to what faith means in Buddhism.
Rijumitra gives a personal perspective on Insight and Spiritual Rebirth in which he looks amongst other things, at the difference between insight experiences and what might be described as “seeing and knowing”. This talk was given during the men's Area Order Weekend held at Padmaloka in May 2017.
In this short talk given on the mixed Sub35 day event held at Padmaloka, Viryanaga recounts the myth of the Buddha's Victory over Mara, drawing out the experiential aspects of the Buddha's Enlightenment. He moves on to evoke what the Buddha might have felt during the weeks following that experience, both in his appreciation of the Bodhi Tree and his reverence of the Dharma.
The Anapanasati meditation practice and Four Foundations of Mindfulness are woven into a system of practice which when developed and cultivated is of great fruit and great benefit. Based on the Buddha's principal discourse on the subject found in the Anapanasati sutta of the Pali Canon, we explore our human experience rooted in the six senses; from the perspective of body, feeling and mind in the context of mindfulness with breathing. This series of talks was given by Guhyavajra during the 2017 Anapanasati meditation retreat at Padmaloka.
Padmavajra shares some of his early sources of inspiration around the Bodhicitta and Bodhisattva Ideal and then proceeds to give a concise yet integral summary of the 6 paramitas. This talk was given as part of the Bodhisattva Ideal retreat at Padmaloka in April 2017, which was centred around studying selected sections from Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation.
Take responsibility Gather wisdom Make friends Make a world together Inspired, evocative and direct, Padmavajra gives these four precepts for aspiring Bodhisattvas living in the 21st century. This talk was given at Padmaloka during the first Great Gathering of 2017 and is the follow-up to Akuppa's excellent talk given the day before: http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC3005
With his usual warmth, clarity and good humour, Prajnaketu explores the mental events of hatred and love. This is one of several talks given during the 2016 Mind in Harmony retreat at Padmaloka.
In this lucid talk Dharmadipa explores the mental events of faith and shame. This is one of several talks given during the 2016 Mind in Harmony retreat at Padmaloka.
In this practical, essential and inspiring talk, Satyaraja speaks about wisdom and ignorance. This is one of several talks given during the 2016 Mind in Harmony retreat at Padmaloka.
A short introductory talk by Dharmadipa about mind and mental events. This is the first of several talks given during the 2016 Mind in Harmony retreat at Padmaloka.
A talk about Shakyamuni Buddha given by Maitreyaraja during the 2016 'Cosmic Going for Refuge Tree' retreat at Padmaloka.
An imaginative yet practical talk about Vajrapani given by Sanghanistha during the 2016 'Cosmic Going for Refuge Tree' retreat at Padmaloka.
In this lucid, practical and inspired set of talks, Padmavajra expounds some of the core principles of the Dharma brought to light by Tibetan Masters Atisha and Geshe Drom through the text, 'Kadampa Precepts Collected from Here and There'. The talks were given at Padmaloka during the 'Essence of Voidness and Compassion Retreat' in March 2017. Unfortunately the fourth talk in the series was not recorded due to an equipment malfunction.
Akuppa imagines the ancient ideal of the Bodhisattva whisked into the world of modernity. What difference might it make to wholeheartedly dedicate one’s Dharma practice to the benefit of all those beings with whom we share our planet? Can a path of deepening inner bliss and liberation be reconciled with a vivid awareness of the state of the world? This talk was given at Padmaloka during the first Great Gathering of 2017.
A talk given by Padmavajra and Purna celebrating the 60th anniversary of the mass conversions to Buddhism in India led by Dr Ambedkar.
A short talk about the figure of Milarepa given at Padmaloka on the 'Cosmic Going for Refuge Tree' retreat in 2016.
Until we have attained a very high level of commitment, over the course of our Order life we will probably fall away from Going for Refuge. Effective commitment means that we are committed to recommitting ourselves when required. Purna's personal journey within the Order tells the sometimes painful process of learning the necessity of such re-commitment.
One of the talks given during the 2016 'Cosmic Going for Refuge Tree' retreat at Padmaloka. Aryabandhu speaks about Bhante and how we can form a connection with him.