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Talk from the 8-fold path series by Kusala, given Saturday 9 May 2020.“We spend a huge part of our lives working. The work we do expresses our personality, but also shapes it in many different ways. Over the course of a lifetime our livelihood brings us into connection with thousands of other people. "For the Buddha, work was such an important part…
 
Perfect Effort is limb six of the Buddha's 'Eight Ways of the Noble Ones', or Eightfold Path. Ratnaprabha highlights how contradictions and paradoxes give a subtlety to the Buddhist approach to spiritual practice. So how does the great Buddhist poet Shantideva justify desire, arrogance, relish, rest and even obsession as supports for skilful effort…
 
Live Budcast Talk with Vajramitra on perfect mindfulness, July 2020, suitable for all levels. From the Budcast series on the Eightfold Path. Mindfulness seems to be mentioned everywhere, both in the Buddha’s teaching and in the secular world we live in today. Although central to who we are, being aware and fully participating in our life often migh…
 
Budcast talk, 11:30, Saturday 8 August.Nandaraja explains how Perfect Samadhi (meditation, or better, unification of mind) completes the Buddha's 8-fold Path."Samadhi is a higher state of consciousness that is not fettered by concepts, ideas or language. All the previous seven limbs of the Eightfold Path come together, and Perfect Samadhi is both s…
 
The first of a series on the 4 reminders, given live at the North London Buddhist Centre, 12 Sept 2020.1. Our life as a human being is a precious opportunity.2. Everything changes, and death is inevitable, so don’t lose your opportunities.3. You do make a difference, the way you live and act now will change the future for yourself and for the world…
 
Was Buddhism designed for city dwellers, or for the secluded country retreat? How can you practise in the city? The Buddha was raised in a 500 BCE Indian city, his searching for enlightenment took place in the unspoiled forests, but much of his teaching was to townies like us. Ratnaprabha describes three metaphorical or mythic cities in ancient Bud…
 
Dhammamegha describes her first-hand experience of the minority regime stoking fear in her native South Africa under apartheid, and Mandela's heroic humanising of contact between people of different ethnicities. Can you meet examples of people who change a situation by going out of their way to be kind? She goes into the Buddha's teaching on fear, …
 
Karunagita, author of 'A Path for Parents' on Buddhist parenting, introduces the fifth spiritual faculty, Wisdom. She shows how we don't need to be bamboozled by our thoughts if we can see their nature. She shows that emptiness or ungraspability reveals a taste of freedom, a freedom in life, not a detachment from it. She suggests some 'easy insight…
 
Akashamitra talks us through what Virya (energy) is, how we can cultivate it and what blocks it. He looks at how our self view, including 'despondency and self-contempt', can hold us back, and how we can move beyond negativity towards a strong engagement with something 'bigger than me'.By Podcast from the North London Buddhist Centre
 
Budcast number two. Ill will is painful to oneself, and can lead to active hostility, yet we nurse our grievances. Why is this, is anger wrong, and how do you cultivate kindness? The second podcast on 'The World is Burning', the Buddha's teaching to the fire worshippers on Compulsion, Hostility, and Confusion, including the Buddha's encounter with …
 
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