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

Uploaded: 23rd Mar 2019

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.

Uploaded: 10th Mar 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.

Uploaded: 10th Mar 2019

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.

Uploaded: 10th Mar 2019

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.

Uploaded: 10th Mar 2019

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.

Uploaded: 18th Feb 2019

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'.

Uploaded: 18th Feb 2019

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'.

Uploaded: 13th Jan 2019

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.

Uploaded: 13th Jan 2019

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.

Uploaded: 13th Jan 2019

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.

Uploaded: 13th Jan 2019

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.

Uploaded: 31st Dec 2018

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.

Uploaded: 2nd Dec 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.

Uploaded: 22nd Nov 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.

Uploaded: 22nd Nov 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'.

Uploaded: 9th Oct 2018

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.

Uploaded: 9th Oct 2018

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.

Uploaded: 7th Sep 2018

The last of four talks given at Padmaloka in August 2018. The talks were given during the Mythic Context retreat for men who have asked for Ordination.

Uploaded: 6th Sep 2018

The third of four talks given at Padmaloka in August 2018. The talks were given during the Mythic Context retreat for men who have asked for Ordination.

Uploaded: 27th Aug 2018

A talk given by Padmavajra during the Ten Pillars retreat for men who have asked for Ordination. The talk focuses on part 1 of Sangharakshita's 'The Ten Pillars of Buddhism' which looks at the precepts as a whole. Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre in July 2018.

Uploaded: 26th Aug 2018

The first of four talks given at Padmaloka in August 2018. The talks were given during the Mythic Context retreat for men who have asked for Ordination.

Uploaded: 26th Aug 2018

The second of four talks given at Padmaloka in August 2018. The talks were given during the Mythic Context retreat for men who have asked for Ordination.

Uploaded: 12th Jul 2018

A talk by Sraddhapa given during the annual Padmaloka Open Retreat. The theme of the retreat was 'For Heroic Spirits Intended...' and was based around the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha-a profound Mahayana Sutra. Shraddhapa talks about his work translating this and other Sanskrit texts into English. A new translation by Shraddhapa of the text was used for the first time during the retreat. You can find this text at Shraddhapa's website here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/rgsg If you want to financially support Shraddhapa's important work you can donate here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/donate/ Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre in 2018.

Uploaded: 12th Jul 2018

The last of four talks given by Ratnaguna during the annual Padmaloka Open Retreat. The theme of the retreat was 'For Heroic Spirits Intended...' and was based around the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha-a profound Mahayana Sutra. A new translation by Shraddhapa of the text was used for the first time during the retreat. You can find this text at Shraddhapa's website here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/rgsg If you want to financially support Shraddhapa's important work you can donate here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/donate/ Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre in 2018.

Uploaded: 12th Jul 2018

The three of four talks given by Ratnaguna during the annual Padmaloka Open Retreat. The theme of the retreat was 'For Heroic Spirits Intended...' and was based around the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha-a profound Mahayana Sutra. A new translation by Shraddhapa of the text was used for the first time during the retreat. You can find this text at Shraddhapa's website here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/rgsg If you want to financially support Shraddhapa's important work you can donate here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/donate/ Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre in 2018.

Uploaded: 12th Jul 2018

The second of four talks given by Ratnaguna during the annual Padmaloka Open Retreat. The theme of the retreat was 'For Heroic Spirits Intended...' and was based around the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha-a profound Mahayana Sutra. A new translation by Shraddhapa of the text was used for the first time during the retreat. You can find this text at Shraddhapa's website here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/rgsg If you want to financially support Shraddhapa's important work you can donate here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/donate/ Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre in 2018.

Uploaded: 12th Jul 2018

The first of four talks given by Ratnaguna during the annual Padmaloka Open Retreat. The theme of the retreat was 'For Heroic Spirits Intended...' and was based around the Ratnaguna Samcayagatha-a profound Mahayana Sutra. A new translation by ?raddh?pa of the text was used for the first time during the retreat. You can find this text at ?raddh?pa's website here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/rgsg If you want to financially support ?raddh?pa's important work you can donate here: https://www.sraddhapa.com/donate/ Talk given at Padmaloka retreat centre in 2018.

Uploaded: 2nd Jul 2018

A talk given by Padmavajra during the Great Gathering weekend held at Padmaloka in June. The theme of the weekend was 'The Tiratana Vandana: In Praise of the Three Jewels'.

Uploaded: 2nd Jul 2018

A talk given by Vajrashura during the Great Gathering weekend held at Padmaloka in June. The theme of the weekend was 'The Tiratana Vandana: In Praise of the Three Jewels'.

Uploaded: 6th Jun 2018

The fouth and final talk in a series of four given by Padmavajra during a Going for Refuge retreat entitled 'Milarepa: Devotion, Lineage and Discipleship' at Padmaloka Retreat Centre.