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Dharmabytes features bite-sized dharma, three times a week, from the Free Buddhist Audio archives. Themed in conjunction with our weekly full length talk podcast, these are inspiring short extracts from over 5,000 talks on Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness!

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Dharmabytes features bite-sized dharma, three times a week, from the Free Buddhist Audio archives. Themed in conjunction with our weekly full length talk podcast, these are inspiring short extracts from over 5,000 talks on Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness!

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    Bound or Free?

    Bound or Free?

    Most of our life strategies are to avoid pain. We can ask ourselves - Do I want to be bound by suffering, or free from suffering? Aryajaya describes the movement towards the Three Jewels as a development of faith and effective Going for Refuge.
    From the talk entitled Commitment Is Key given at Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2016.
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    • 11 min
    With the Lamp There is the Light

    With the Lamp There is the Light

    Here Sangharakshita explores the Four Reliances as he distinguishes the meaning of vijnana (Discriminating Consciousness) and jnana (Transcendental Awareness) and then further distinguishes prajna-paramita (Perfection of Wisdom) from jnana.
    Launching his book entitled Wisdom Beyond Words, 1993.
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    Introduction to Talking Meditation

    Introduction to Talking Meditation

    Vajradevi introduces the idea of 'talking meditation', where we carry the thread of awareness through verbal communication. This extends beyond awareness of the speech precepts to being aware of the texture or tone of our own and others' voices, using a 'settled back' stance and giving priority to the thread of awareness/knowing over the content of what's being said. She gives tips for the practice: staying aware of our own minds, aiming to let go of trying and focusing so as to aim for a more panoramic awareness.

    From the talk Working Mindfully with Communication & Language which is part of the series Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat, 2019.
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    Taking Delight in Friends

    Taking Delight in Friends

    The Buddha and Ananda once tended a sick monk, neglected by his companions because of his 'uselessness'. Sangharakshita shows that people cannot be treated as 'things' in the spiritual community.
    Excerpted from the talk entitled A Case of Dysentry as part of the series Incidents from the Pali Canon, 1982.
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    Kalyana Mitrata

    Kalyana Mitrata

    How do we go beyond the duality of subject and object, self and other, to experience the true nature of reality?
    There is no real Buddhism if it’s all about self liberation. We have to see other people as like ourselves. Jnanavaca, telling the story of Meghiya, unequivocally draws out the importance of sangha and kalyana mitrata as the means to bring the Dharma to life in the world.

    Excerpted from the talk What is Sangha & Kalyana Mitrata? From the series entitled The Bi-Tendential Value of Being & The Greater Mandala given by Jnanavaca and Subhadramati at the London Buddhist Centre, 2019.
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    • 14 min
    Meeting The Lotus Born

    Meeting The Lotus Born

    Silence all around the lake, the light of the sky reflecting on it’s surface, blushing in the colors of sunset. Dusk, twilight, a time of transformation, a time of meditation.
    Here, Dayanandi evokes the birth of Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, who is a historical and mythological figure who established Buddhism in Tibet in the eighth century.
    Excerpted from the talk entitled Meeting Padmasambhava in the Cave of the Heart given during the Padmasabhava Day Festival at Manchester Buddhist Centre, October 2011.
     
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The Pali Canon made clear

If you're interested in developing an appreciation of the Pali Canon, the few readings here are a good place to start. The readers pace, diction, and accent all work together to provide a pleasant and edifying experience. It is a pity more selections were not recorded.

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