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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!

Tune in, be inspired!

    What is the Deathless?

    What is the Deathless?

    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'.
    From the talk The Buddha's Liberating Vision given on the Great Gathering at Padmaloka in February 2019.
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    • 12 min
    Being and Doing

    Being and Doing

    “You don’t have to justify yourself by being useful. You yourself are the justification for your existence.”
    Sangharakshita, Wisdom Beyond Words

    In this talk, Vajrapriya explores how this quote by Sangharakshita might affect our spiritual life and practice. Using the terms doing and being, he suggests how we can bring greater stillness into activity, and vibrant energy into calm.

    From the talk The Greater Mandala of Uselessness given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2018.
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    • 10 min
    Wisdom is Seeing with the Eye of Appreciation

    Wisdom is Seeing with the Eye of Appreciation

    Nirvana is described as great bliss, that arises when grasping at self and other has vanished. A stream of uninterrupted creative activity, the Buddha is the supreme example of this. Here Padmavajra offers a deep dive into the Dhammapada, verses 277-279, on impermanence, dukkha and insubstantiality.
    From the talk entitled Seeing with Insight - Dhammapada Verses 277 to 279 which is part of the series The Dhammapada - the Buddha's Way of Truth given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2007.
    This is the fourth talk in Padmavjara's wonderful series on the Dhammapada, the most popular of early Buddhist texts. All of the Buddha's core teachings are here - held in heart and mind there's more than enough in the Dhammapada to take us as far in our practice as we can imagine, and then on beyond...
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    • 15 min
    A State of Pure Happiness

    A State of Pure Happiness

    In answering the question 'What is Buddhism?', Sangharakshita  identifies higher evolution - the development of higher states of consciousness - with the twelve links in the progressive trend of the Buddha's teaching of conditioned co-production.
    In this excerpt we hear about the unification of all our emotional energies in the state of bliss.
    May all beings be well and happy, without fear, without jealousy, may they be full of love, faith and joy. Positive emotion is an essential part of the higher evolution.
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    From the talk Buddhism and the Path of the Higher Evolution, part of the series The Higher Evolution, 1969.

    • 6 min
    Love Underpinned by Wisdom

    Love Underpinned by Wisdom

    Upekkha is a fire in the heart that is steady and constant. Dayajoti gives us a beautiful description of the wisdom aspect of metta, that being upekkha, equanimity.
    From the talk entitled Suffering and Joy - Compost For Love given during the setup for Buddhafield Festival 2013 (theme 'Fire in the Heart') on the Four Brahma Viharas.
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    • 7 min
    An Intuition In Us

    An Intuition In Us

    Vajradevi explores aspects of faith, including faith and receptivity, the relationship of confidence and doubt in our own practice. She goes on to look at how faith and wisdom relate, including right view and how 'faith is wisdom, but not fully realised.'
    From the talk Recap On Sati (mindfulness) & Exploring the Faculty of Faith as part of the series Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat.
    Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2019.
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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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