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

Uploaded: 26th Feb 2018

During the first Great Gathering held at Padmaloka in 2018, around 70 men gathered in the Shrine Room to hear Surata speak about the essential and central topic of Going for Refuge. Drawing on 40 years of experience as an Order Member, Surata confidently and uncompromisingly expounds his understanding of 'The Deepest Revolution', referring to both the Buddhist tradition and his own personal experience.

Uploaded: 27th Jan 2018

During the 2018 'What is The Order?' retreat held at Padmaloka for men who are training for ordination, members of the Ordination Team gave talks on each of the 4 acceptance vows, which are recited during one's public ordination ceremony and which essentialise what it means to be a Dharmachari practising within the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this talk Paraga speaks about the fourth and final vow, 'for the benefit of all beings I accept this ordination'.

Uploaded: 27th Jan 2018

During the 2018 'What is The Order?' retreat held at Padmaloka for men who are training for ordination, members of the Ordination Team gave talks on each of the 4 acceptance vows, which are recited during one's public ordination ceremony and which essentialise what it means to be a Dharmachari practising within the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this talk Padmasagara speaks about the third vow, 'for the attainment of Enlightenment I accept this ordination'.

Uploaded: 27th Jan 2018

During the 2018 'What is The Order?' retreat held at Padmaloka for men who are training for ordination, members of the Ordination Team gave talks on each of the 4 acceptance vows, which are recited during one's public ordination ceremony and which essentialise what it means to be a Dharmachari practising within the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this talk Surata speaks about the second vow, 'in harmony with friends and brethren I accept this ordination'. The talk by Surata on the first vow - 'with loyalty to my teachers I accept this ordination' - was unfortunately not recorded. However you can listen to the outstanding talk by Padmavajra on the subject given during the 2017 'What is The Order?' retreat: https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC3180

Uploaded: 11th Dec 2017

The last of six talks given during the 'Mind in Harmony' retreat at Padmaloka in 2017.

Uploaded: 11th Dec 2017

The fifth of six talks given during the 'Mind in Harmony' retreat at Padmaloka in 2017.

Uploaded: 11th Dec 2017

The fourth of six talks given during the 'Mind in Harmony' retreat at Padmaloka in 2017.

Uploaded: 11th Dec 2017

The third of six talks given during the 'Mind in Harmony' retreat at Padmaloka in 2017.

Uploaded: 11th Dec 2017

The second of six talks given during the 'Mind in Harmony' retreat at Padmaloka in 2017.

Uploaded: 11th Dec 2017

The first of six talks given during the 'Mind in Harmony' retreat at Padmaloka in 2017.

Uploaded: 11th Dec 2017

A short personal talk by Padmasagara describing his encounters with suffering while travelling in South America and explaining how living a Dharma life brings a supreme medicine into the world capable of curing all sicknesses. This talk was given on the 2017 Sub 35s retreat at Padmaloka on the theme of the Buried Treasure.

Uploaded: 8th Dec 2017

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.

Uploaded: 9th Oct 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.

Uploaded: 9th Oct 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.

Uploaded: 26th Aug 2017

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.

Uploaded: 21st Aug 2017

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.

Uploaded: 21st Aug 2017

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.

Uploaded: 21st Aug 2017

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.

Uploaded: 21st Aug 2017

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.

Uploaded: 20th Aug 2017

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.

Uploaded: 20th Aug 2017

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.

Uploaded: 1st Jul 2017

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.

Uploaded: 1st Jul 2017

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.

Uploaded: 26th Jun 2017

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.

Uploaded: 27th May 2017

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.

Uploaded: 11th 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.

Uploaded: 18th Apr 2017

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.

Uploaded: 5th Apr 2017

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.

Uploaded: 2nd Apr 2017

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

Uploaded: 28th Mar 2017

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.