These talks have all been given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre and uploaded to the Free Buddhist Audio website.
In this talk, Sarvananda looks at how our engagement with the arts can help us move from literal mindedness to an imaginative engagement with Buddhist myth and symbol. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the 2019 East Anglian Men's Retreat.
In this moving and rousing talk, Dhammachari Amoghasiddhi illustrates how the Dhamma can radically transform people's lives, liberating them from a hellish existence, particularly in India. Using the examples of his own life, as well as the lives of Bhante Sangharakshita, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and others, he explains that if we want to live a meaningful life, we must open up to the suffering of others and do everything we can to help alleviate their suffering. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre on the Bodhisattva Ideal Retreat in July 2019.
In this talk given on the Mythic Context retreat, Sanghadasa recalls important aspects of his life story. By doing this, he explores the meaning of his name and discovers how it is connected to the Myth of the Return Journey from the White Lotus Sutra. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in June 2019.
In this talk given during the Mythic Context retreat, Padmasagara shares memories of his first encounters with the Bodhisattva Ideal and tells the story of the creation of Sukhavati, the Pureland of the Buddha Amitabha. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in June 2019.
In this talk given at the first Padmaloka Festival Day, Padmavajra begins by talking about the Buddha image in the Padmaloka shrine room. This leads to Bhante's evocation of the Buddha's Enlightenment as described in the Udana, from there to disciples' remembrance of the Buddha, to the Bodhisattvas, to faith, to Buddhas everywhere. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in June 2019.
…the next step is the most important. Renunciation is a word easily reacted to. In this talk Dharmashalin brings it closer to home, making it more doable and, at the same time, more challenging. He shows that, rather than being self denying, renunciation is actually giving up that which is limiting and repetitive. Inspired by Milarepa’s profound commitment to transformation and freedom, the question is: what small step can we take right now to enter into a wider world of freedom and possibility? Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in June 2019 during the Men's Great Gathering weekend.
In this talk, Padmavajra tells us about Aloka's painting of Milarepa sitting above his sun and moon disciples, Gampopa and Rechungpa. He tells us about Milarepa's single-minded devotion to the fiercely compassionate Marpa. He tells us about Milarepa's strange green, transcendental otherness and his training of Gampopa and the turbulent Rechungpa. We hear about Milarepa in old age and the fickleness of the community around him. At the end we hear Milarepa singing through Arthasiddhi: The Song of Meeting and Parting. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in June 2019 during the Men's Great Gathering weekend.
In this final talk of the retreat, Paraga discusses the importance of connecting with both Myth and Kalyana Mitrata as key aspects to help translate Dhardo Rimpoche’s aspect of ‘Radiate Love’ into our Dharma life. Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre during the 'A Living Bodhisattva' retreat in March 2019.
In this third talk Padmavajra explores the second part of Dhardo Rimpoche's message. As well as describing and commentating on the Buddha's teaching of the six memorable qualities that lead to love, respect and unity, he also gives personal reminiscences of his meetings with Dhardo Rimpoche. Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre during the 'A Living Bodhisattva' retreat in March 2019.
This second talk is on the first part of Dhardo Rimpoche's message, 'Cherish the Doctrine'. In the talk, Satyaraja explores what it means to 'cherish' or treasure the Dharma in all its aspects, and as both the teaching of the Buddha and his Enlightenment experience. The talk concludes with the importance of seeing the Dharma as beautiful if we are to truly cherish it. Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre during the 'A Living Bodhisattva' retreat in March 2019.
In this first talk, Padmasagara evokes Dhardo Rimpoche by giving an account of his life and states five ways in which he can be regarded as an Ideal Dharmachari, and thus a source of inspiration for all Order members and those training for ordination. Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre during the 'A Living Bodhisattva' retreat in March 2019.
In this talk Padmavajra contemplates Beauty in different areas of Dharma life, including the beauty of people, of ethics, of friendship, community and 'institutions', and of wisdom. He also looks at the relationship between metta, formless beauty and the yidam, as well as knowing what beauty really is and 'the pregnant man'. This talk was given at Padmaloka retreat centre during the Spring Short Order retreat in March 2019.
In this short practical talk, Satyaraja outlines some of the 'essentials' of meditation, especially for those wanting to join the Order. These essentials are based on observing and talking with many men on Ordination training retreats at Padmaloka over the years. This talk was given during the Ordination Team Training retreat, a retreat for Dharmacharis who are involved in helping men to train for Ordination. It was held at Padmaloka retreat centre in December 2018.
In this talk Maitreyabandhu explores what it means, fundamentally and essentially, to become ordained, to train for ordination, and to prepare for a life in the order. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the Spring Ordination Training weekend in March 2019.
In the fourth talk in this series, Padmasagara suggests ways in which to connect with the Refuge Tree and the vision of which it is an expression. This can be done by exploring one's responses to Buddhist iconography but also by delving into one's 'personal myth' and integrating passions and sources of inspiration more fully into Dharma practice. This talk is part of a series of four talks given on the Cosmic Refuge Tree retreat at Padmaloka in February 2019 for men training for ordination.
In the third talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the awe-inspiring vision behind the image of the Refuge Tree, connecting it to Sangharakshita's great insight into the centrality of Going for Refuge. This talk is part of a series of four talks given on the Cosmic Refuge Tree retreat at Padmaloka in February 2019 for men training for ordination.
This second talk in the series explores the ways in which the image of the Refuge Tree draws out the historical and trans-historical or archetypal aspects of the Buddha's enlightenment. In doing so, the image has the positive effect of making the nature of the Buddha's enlightenment more clear to us and less clear to us at the same time. This talk is part of a series of four talks given on the Cosmic Refuge Tree retreat at Padmaloka in February 2019 for men training for ordination.
This first talk in the series traces the roots of the Refuge Tree back to the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and his Noble Quest as described in the Aryapariyesana sutta. Padmasagara suggests that the historical Buddha is our fundamental 'transcendental object' which, if responded to with faith and imagination, can help us to move more deeply into the mysteries of the Buddha's enlightenment. This talk is part of a series of four talks given on the Cosmic Refuge Tree retreat at Padmaloka in February 2019 for men training for ordination.
Here, Padmavajra gives a commentary on the Meghiya Sutta in which the Buddha describes the Five conditions that lead to the maturing of the Liberation of the Heart. This talk was given on the Great Gathering at Padmaloka in February 2019, the theme of which was 'The Buddha's Liberating Vision'.
Padmasagara explores the glimpses of the Buddha's liberating vision found in the Ariyapariyesana sutta, focussing on the Buddha's description of Reality in terms of pratitya samutpada (conditionality) and his response to Brahma Sahampati's request to teach the Dhamma. The talk also explores how we can begin to realise this vision for ourselves by responding to the Buddha's exhortation: 'let those who have ears release their faith'. This talk was given on the Great Gathering at Padmaloka in February 2019, the theme of which was 'The Buddha's Liberating Vision'.
The final talk in the series 'Bodhicitta-3 Short Talks'. Padmavajra talks about the life of Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita-a life dedicated to the Bodhisattva Ideal. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the 2018 Winter Retreat.
The second talk in the series 'Bodhicitta-3 Short Talks'. Padmavajra discusses the seven-fold puja as a practice for developing the Bodhicitta. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the 2018 Winter Retreat.
The first talk in the series 'Bodhicitta-3 Short Talks'. Padmavajra evokes the Bodhicitta and its relationship to the Buddha and Bhante. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the 2018 Winter Retreat.
Satyaraja introduces the Karuna Bhavana practice with an emphasis on developing the Bodhicitta. As ever, his talk is succinct and practical, giving us tools to take into the practice which help take us deeper and allow us to work effectively with whatever might arise. Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the 2018 Winter Retreat.
Maitreyabandhu draws out the deeper meaning and finer detail of five different poems, each around the theme of death with the final poem focusing on spiritual rebirth. By discussing the background of the poems and poets, the intricacies of their structure, and bringing in a Buddhist interpretation of the themes raised in the poems, Maitreyabandhu shows us the importance and profundity of poetry and how it can help us to explore Dharmic themes more deeply. This evening took place at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the System of Dharma Training retreat in December 2018.
Padmavajra talks movingly and openly about his relationship with Bhante and Bhante's close relationship to Padmaloka. Bhante founded Padmaloka retreat centre in 1976, spent many years of his life living and writing here and even wrote a poem entitled 'Padmaloka'. Talk given at the Great Gathering weekend in November 2018.
The Heart Sutra is a text many of us are very familiar with. We chant it during the sevenfold puja and some of us even know it off by heart, but what does it mean? In the first of two main talks given during the Great Gathering weekend in November. Vadanya explores the meaning of the Heart Sutra. Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre in November 2018.
The second talk of the Great Gathering weekend held in November 2018 at Padmaloka retreat centre. The theme of the weekend was 'the Heart Sutra: Emptiness and Great Compassion'.
This talk was the second talk given on the 2018 East Anglian Men's Event. It explores 6 ways in which we can work with our energies in order to transform our emotional depths in line with our deepest vision.
A talk on vision as part of two talks on vision and transformation at the 2018 East Anglian Men's Event. The talk looks at how vision gives us the initial insight into truth, how that vision is a heart response and how that vision gives us energy, if maintained, through the ongoing work of transforming ourselves.