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12 Minutes On Intention In Meditation

Bodhilila gives a very concise introduction to whether you need a specific intention in a meditation session, and if you do, how to set it up. A talk at West London Buddhist Centre Sangha night, as part of a meditation workshop.

21-Day Meditation For Recovery - Week 1

Week one of a 21-day course in meditation to help with recovery. This course accompanies the book 'Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction' by Paramabandhu and Vimalasara.

Each meditation in this series is about 15 minutes long. It's a bite-sized length, great if you find it hard to make time or if you struggle with longer meditations. The meditations cover a wide range of topics including mindfulness, loving-kindness, ethics, wisdom and mantras. All the meditations have some background music which can help you to stay focused on the subject of meditation.

21-Day Meditation For Recovery - Week 2

Week two of a 21-day course in meditation to help with recovery. This course accompanies the book 'Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction' by Paramabandhu and Vimalasara.

Each meditation in this series is about 15 minutes long. It's a bite-sized length, great if you find it hard to make time or if you struggle with longer meditations. The meditations cover a wide range of topics including mindfulness, loving-kindness, ethics, wisdom and mantras. All the meditations have some background music which can help you to stay focused on the subject of meditation.

21-Day Meditation For Recovery - Week 3

Week three of a 21-day course in meditation to help with recovery. This course accompanies the book 'Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction' by Paramabandhu and Vimalasara. Includes bonus track with a loving-kindness meditation.

Each meditation in this series is about 15 minutes long. It's a bite-sized length, great if you find it hard to make time or if you struggle with longer meditations. The meditations cover a wide range of topics including mindfulness, loving-kindness, ethics, wisdom and mantras. All the meditations have some background music which can help you to stay focused on the subject of meditation.

A Few Thoughts on Visualisation

This was given on an Order retreat on the theme of Sadhana practice. In it Dhammadinna talks about visualisation practice and discusses the View and actual practice of visualisation, including preparation and our attitude towards visualisation.

Its companion talk is "Sadhana as a Way of Life" by Parami.

Given at Taraloka, April 2009

A Led Metta Bhavana Meditation

During a Sangha Night at Stockholms Buddhistcenter, 27 May 2013, Ratnaguna kindly agreed to lead a metta bhavana (loving kindness) and give some tips on how to approach the practice. (followed by a talk on The Great Love, a theme from the Vimalakirti nirdesa.)

A Method of Personal Development

In Buddhist practice, the traditional method of choice for effecting positive change in one's life is meditation. Here Sangharakshita takes a closer look, focussing on the 'superconscious states' (characterised in turn by integration, inspiration, permeation, and radiation), the practice of developing universal friendliness, and the distinction between calm and Insight.

Talk given in 1976.

A System of Meditation

A survey of the progressive sequence of meditations followed in the FWBO and their place in the complete spiritual path.

N.B. Poor original recording.

Talk given in 1978.

Becoming Real - Meditation as a Gateway to Wisdom

This is a fine talk by Dayanandi on the essential relationship between meditation and the proper seeing of Reality, here described as an opening into the beauty and truth and reality of life itself.

Talk given at Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre, Great Gathering 2000

Befriending One's Self In Meditation

Talk given at the LBC meditation day on July 15th 2012

Buddhist Meditation - Tranquility, Imagination and Insight

Kamalashila introduces his new book 'Buddhist Meditation - Tranquility, Imagination and Insight' at the Colchester Buddhist Centre.

Creativity and Structure In Meditation

A short talk on finding a balance in meditation between on the one hand sticking to the structure of the practices, and on the other being flexible, responsive and creative.

Dhyana Paramita, the Perfection of Meditation

Kamalashila, author of 'Buddhist Meditation: tranquillity, imagination, insight', introduces the fifth perfection in a series at the West London Buddhist Centre

El Seguimiento De La Respiracion

Visita de Kamalashila a la sangha de Triratna Barcelona. Charla-Taller sobre el seguimiento de la respiración (mindfulness of breathing). Mayo 2013

Empty Cave

Reflections on Life, Practice and Enlightenment.

Inspired by Sangharakshita's material on 'Re-Imagining the Buddha' Saraha takes us on a journey into the snowy mountains of the Pyrenees where he engaged in a solitary meditation retreat.

He found 'nothing but the sound of a man breathing' and hope and direction through emptiness, beauty and the Buddha's assertion that mindfulness is the way to freedom.

Talk given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, October 2012.

Green Tara Sadhana - led meditation

A rare chance to listen to Sangharakshita leading through a visualisation practice.

For Order Members only.

Guided Meditations

A collection of 30 minute meditations

Guru Yoga

Parami leads through a practice of the Guru Yoga from the Mula Yogas. This version is relevant to our spiritual lineage as disciples of Sangharakshita and is the lineage of the Padma family. The led practice includes short intervals of silence reflection. There are also sections of recitation of some devotional verses relevant to the practice.

This talk was given on an Order retreat called 'Sadhana as a Way of Life' held at Taraloka in April 2010. Other talks in this series are : 'Some Thoughts on Visualisation' by Dhammadinna (2009); 'Sadhana as a way of Life' by Parami(2009) and 'Some Quotes and Some Thoughts on Sadhana' also by Parami (2010).

Integration Day 1 Afternoon Session 1 Guided Meditation

Recorded on the Integration retreat at Adhisthana, February 2016. From The Mandala of Spiritual Practice series of retreats at Adhisthana. A guided meditation, beginning simply with awareness of the breath.

Integration Day 1 Afternoon Session 2

Recorded on the Integration retreat at Adhisthana, February 2016. From The Mandala of Spiritual Practice series of retreats at Adhisthana. Vessantara talks about how we can use the first two of the mind-turning reflections, the preciousness of human life and the inevitability of death, to stay in connection with our motivation and inspiration to practice, in order to integrate our energies to engage effectively with our Dharma practice.

Integration Day 1 Morning Session and Guided Meditation

Recorded on the Integration retreat at Adhisthana, February 2016. From The Mandala of Spiritual Practice series of retreats at Adhisthana. Beginning with a 30 minute session of meditation and mantra, Vessantara introduces Integration as both the foundation of practice, and as encompassing the whole path. From the basic work of cultivation of mindfulness of our bundle of selves and establishing a continuity of awareness, to turning towards the richness of our experience, the dark and the light, to the integration of our whole life into the Dharma. For this whole process, it is necessary to place our hearts longing for the qualities of awakening at the centre of our mandala.

Integration Day 2 Morning Session 1 and Guided Meditation

Recorded on the Integration retreat at Adhisthana, February 2016. From The Mandala of Spiritual Practice series of retreats at Adhisthana. Returning to the theme of the previous session, Vessantara continues to encourage us to invoke our sources of inspiration and leads through a guided meditation on the first two mind turning reflections, focusing particularly on a sense of gratitude for our life and how we aspire to live it out, on the occasion of Parinirvana day.

Integration Day 2 Morning Session 2 and Guided Meditation

Recorded on the Integration retreat at Adhisthana, February 2016. From The Mandala of Spiritual Practice series of retreats at Adhisthana. Vessantara asks the question under what conditions can we not practise the Dharma and suggests that the main problem is sustaining our motivation. We need to cultivate virya that just keeps going. We need to be both motivated and encouraged. To encourage ourselves and to be encouraged by our kalyana mitras who hold a vision of us as what we can become, to take ourselves seriously as sons and daughters of the Buddha.

Introducing the Great Love

This is the first in a five part series by Padmavajra on all aspects of the Metta Bhavana practice and 'The Great Love' in Buddhist discourse and practice - from metta (loving kindness) itself to Bodhichitta. His starting point here is to source notions of love in traditional teaching from the Pali Canon and in the great Mahayana sutras. A refreshing take on metta and how to cultivate it in your life.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

Kamalashila Booklaunch

Buddhist Meditation: Tranquillity, Imagination and Insight. Kamalashila explains the basis of meditation in Buddhism, launching the new edition of his book at the West London Buddhist Centre Sangha night.

Led Meditation: Recollecting the Buddha

Led Meditation imagining the Buddha through the verses of homage in the Tiratna Vandana.

Living As A River - Book Launch At Aryaloka Buddhist Center

Bodhipaksa launches his wonderful new book, 'Living As A River', a fascinating, practical and helpful discussion of a key area of Buddhist practice - how to find the joy in the arising and passing away of all conditioned things. Bodhipaksa is an experienced and much-loved meditation teacher and his basis here is the Six Element practice, one of the earliest reflective practices in the Buddhist tradition. Strong Dharma presented in an accessible and ultimately encouraging way - let Living As A River sweep you gently away!

Talk given at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, NH, USA

Living As a River - Buddhist Geeks Interview

Bodhipaksa joins the host of Buddhist Geeks, one of the internet's best-resourced Dharma podcasts, to explore the Buddha's teachings on impermanence and the phenomenon of 'change blindness.' They also explore a central Buddhist meditation practice, the six-element practice - one of the primary methods found in the earliest strata of Buddhist teachings. Finally, they explore the importance of Enlightenment, what is traditionally called stream-entry, but which Bodhipaksa refers to as 'entry-level enlightenment.'

This is a fascinating and helpful discussion of a key area of Buddhist practice - how to find the joy in the arising and passing away of all conditioned things!

Many thanks to Buddhist Geeks and Wildmind for permission to republish this recording here.

Love Your Enemy

This is the fourth in a five part series by Padmavajra on all aspects of the Metta Bhavana practice and 'The Great Love' in Buddhist discourse and practice - from metta (loving kindness) itself to Bodhichitta. Challenging material here - how do we love realistically within Reality as a practice in the face of the worst of life? A compassionate and sympathetic teasing out of the various big issues involved - betrayal, control, and, of course, forgiveness...

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

Mantra Meditation

A led meditation using three mantras: Vajrapani (energy), Avolokiteshvara (compassion), and Manjusri (wisdom).

Mantra Meditation Q and A

Question and Answer session on the led mantra meditation also available on fba.

Mastering the Mind - Week One

On this six week drop-in course, we will be exploring how to move from ordinary, divided consciousness into a fuller, richer and more expansive consciousness called Samadhi, and from there to reflecting on how things really are. This course is being run alongside three intensive meditation mornings where we can apply what we have learnt more fully. For those all have learnt both meditations.

Mastering the Mind - Week Two

On this six week drop-in course, we will be exploring how to move from ordinary, divided consciousness into a fuller, richer and more expansive consciousness called Samadhi and from there to reflecting on how things really are. This course is being run alongside three intensive meditation mornings where we can apply what we have learnt more fully. For those all have learnt both meditations.

Meditation - ein ununterbrochener Fluss heilsamer Geisteszustände

Nach einer kurzen Meditation folgt ein gut strukturierter Vortrag. Klar und verständlich vermittelt Bodhimitra was Meditation ist – und was sie nicht ist: z.B. Grübeln, reine Entspannung, Phantasiereisen. Für Anfänger entkernt er das umfangreiche Gebiet auf wirklich wesentliche Aspekte, die für erste Erfahrungen hilfreich sind, und erfahrene Meditierende können sich daran freuen, wie präzise und klar das Thema behandelt wird.

Der Vortrag wurde im April 2002 im Buddhistischen Zentrum Essen gehalten.

Meditation and Spiritual Friendship

Talk given at the LBC meditation day July 15th 2012

Meditation Ecstasy and Bliss

One of two talks given on the men's national Order weekend at Padmaloka, February 2010. The theme of the weekend centred around meditation and mindfulness.

Meditation Versus Psychotherapy

What are meditation and psychotherapy? In this lecture Sangharakshita appeals for a synthesis between the two approaches.

Talk given in 1970.

Meditation zwischen Schlangen und Tigern - die Praxis der Waldmönche Thailands

Meditieren im Dschungel war eine sehr effiziente Methode der thailändischen Waldmönche.

Die wilden Tiere ließen den Mönchen keine andere Wahl als sich ihrer Angst zu stellen, sie zu überwinden und so in tiefe Konzentrationszustände zu gelangen, die ihren Geist befreiten.

Wer keine Schwierigkeiten hat, sich recht herausfordernde Beschreibungen von verwesenden Leichen anzuhören, findet hier interessante und spannende Berichte über die Tudong Mönche Thailands.

Der Vortrag wurde 2008 im Buddhistischen Zentrum Essen gehalten.

Meditation: the Expanding Consciousness

A traditional exposition of Buddhist meditation looking at why we meditate; preparation for meditation; the five meditation practices designed to counteract the five mental poisons; and the three stages of meditation.

Talk given in 1967.

Middle Way Workshop

A 2 hour workshop with Vajradaka experiencing conflicting opposite approaches in life and practice, finding their constructive equivalents, and using them for personal growth. At West London Buddhist Centre Sangha Night, 29 Sept 2015.

Mindfulness and Meditation

A simple introduction to mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, given to members of Triratna's Southampton Buddhist group on their Sangha night in June 2016. Cittapala is a long-standing member of the Order and a professional mindfulness teacher.

Mindfulness as Sadhana

In this talk, Viveka explores the many, diverse faces of mindfulness practice - breaking down the ideological barriers that can so often divide when we try to figure out what, exactly, does constitute mindfulness meditation... With good humour and an emphasis on kindness in the present moment, she encourages us to broaden and deepen our ideas of awareness and of loving kindness. Rich with references - from Satipatthana to Milarepa - this is an excellent and encouraging contemporary take on meditation and what it is to make mindfulness part of your everyday life.

Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order Convention 2005

Mindfulness For Order Members

The second talk on meditation given at Padmaloka retreat centre for the men's National Order weekend. Maitreyabandhu addresses what he calls the mythification of the body- or getting carried away with ideologies about the body- that has crept into the Order and Buddhist world.

Mindfulness Meditation

A guided meditation on awareness of the body and the breath that Maitreyabandhu led before his talk on 'What Mindfulness Really Is'.

The talk was given at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre on 29th March 2012.

Mindfulness Meditation

A lovely guided meditation in which Maitreyabandhu draws our attention to our primary experience. This meditation took place before Maitreyabandhu spoke on 'What Mindfulness Really Is' at Nottingham Buddhist Centre on 29th March 2012.

Mindfulness of Breathing (extended)

A longer session of Mindfulness of breathing, preceded by a body awareness relaxation.

Our Work as Teachers and Practitioners

A rather splendid (even controversial in places!) talk by Kamalashila on meditation and meditation teaching in the contemporary FWBO. The fruits of many years thinking and practice - not to mention a recent long solitary retreat - this is one not to be missed by anyone concerned with training in the traditional practices of Buddhism.

Plese note that there is a text version of this talk available on the site (see 'texts/other speakers') which expands on and clarifies several of the main points, especially as regards Sangharakshita's role in the process.

Talk given at WBO Day, 2005

Poetry, Soulmaking and Meditation

The Jungian commentator James Hillman suggested that 'soul' needs nurturing as well as 'spirit' in human life. He uses deeply meaningful poems to show soulmaking in action, and explains how the process can be brought into your meditation practice.

Sadhana as a Way of Life

In this talk Parami looks at how we can approach Sadhana practice not only as a visualisation meditation but as a way of bringing our connection with the Buddha or Bodhisattva alive in our daily lives.

It was given on an Order retreat at Taraloka in April 2009 and is a companion talk to "A Few Thoughts about Visualisation" by Dhammadinna.

Sanghamani Leads The Metta Bhavana Meditation

Sanghamani introduces and leads through the Metta Bhavana (the development of unconditional loving kindness). She draws on the spontaneous activity of Amoghasiddhi and uses the simile of 'heart gardening' to cultivate Metta and create new positive conditions for flowers to grow. The scene is a beautiful field in East Anglia during the Buddhafield East Green man of Buddhism retreat under canvas.

Shamatha and Vipassana_Metta and Insight Retreat 2015

Number twelve in a series from a 12 day meditation retreat on metta as a path to insight from May 2015. The reciprocal relationship between the calming of body-mind (shamatha) and insight (vipassana).

Simplicity

Kamalashila has spent a lot of his adult life exploring meditation - and this talk is a lovely little foray into the whole subject as a crucial aspect in life and practice, with special consideration given to reflection on the six elements. Oh, and look out for Brian the meditating dog...

Talk given at FWBO Day, 2004

Six Element Practice - Talks and Lead Through

The first four tracks in this collection are short talks given before meditation sessions on an Order Six Element Practice retreat at Taraloka. After that there are six tracks where Kulaprabha leads through the full practice. The final two tracks are variations on the Consciousness Element stage of the practice and are based on the description of the the Six Element Practice which the Buddha gives in the Dhatuvibhanga Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya.

Six Element Practice and the Dhatuvibhanga sutta

The Dhatuvibhanga Sutta - the Exposition of the Elements - tells the story of a meeting between the Buddha and a young monk called Pukkusati. The young monk doesn't at first realise who he is sharing his lodgings with. He is just very grateful the next morning for the offer of some help with his meditation practice. And the Buddha teaches him the Six Element Practice - that was after sitting all night meditating together!

Kulaprabha has often referred to this sutta while introducing people to the Six Element practice on ordination retreats. And the month before giving the talk she had been at Akashavana Retreat Centre in Spain co-leading a retreat for members of the Western Buddhist Order on that theme. This version of the talk was given in a very different context - at Windhorse Trading's main wholesale warehouse in Cambridge, UK. She had been asked to talk about Insight and Work. As you'll hear in the talk, Kulaprabha was a bit stumped as to how to do that but in the end thought that it was worth taking the ideas and reflections from her experience of the Six Element practice and suggesting to the Windhorse workers that they might find their own ways to apply them in the very busy context of running a business.

Given at Windhorse Trading, Cambridge, 2007

Solitude and Meditation

In a short introduction, Paramananda introduces the challenges and rewards of solitude, meditation as a form of solitude, and how being alone can enhance the experience of connection.

Some Quotes and Some Thoughts On Sadhana

Parami reads some quotes about sadhana practice within the Triratna Order, formerly the WBO. The quotes, taken from seminars and talks by Sangharakshita, are unpacked and then interspersed by Parami's own helpful and intriguing reflections on sadhana, and on the current situation in the Order in 2010.

This talk was given on an Order retreat called 'Sadhana as a Way of Life' held at Taraloka in April 2010. Other talks in this series are 'Some Thoughts on Visualisation' by Dhammadinna (2009); 'Sadhana as a Way of Life' by Parami (2009); and 'Led Practice of the Guru Yoga' also by Parami (2010).

Spiritual Receptivity

Three sessions with Vessantara exploring Spiritual Receptivity, from a day held on the July 2012 European Chairs Assembly at Vajrasana retreat centre. The talks include some short meditations and a few questions from the audience, some of which are hard to hear.

The Alchemy of Happiness

Here's Kulaprabha's thoughtful take on the positive emotions cultivated in the 'Brahma Vihara' meditations.

Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order convention, 2007

The Four Foundation Yogas of the Tibetan Buddhist Tantra

Here the four indispensable preparatory practices (mula-yogas) of the Vajrayana devotee are outlined: the Going for Refuge and Prostration practice, the Development of the Bodhichitta practice, the Vajrasattva practice and the offering of the Mandala.

Talk given in 1968.

The Just Sitting Practice - An Introduction

The 'Just Sitting' practice has been part of the FWBO's system of meditation since the very beginning yet is not often discussed and not always understood. Here Subhuti gives his own inspiring and brilliantly refreshing take on the practice as a central element in his own meditative life. A must-listen piece for all those enthused by ideas of formal and 'formless' meditation - 'Just Hear' it and you''ll see what we mean!

The Mandala of Practice

During a visit to the Croydon Buddhist Centre, Kamalashila presented a talk exploring the system of meditation as a mandala.

This Being Led Meditation 1

Dhivan leads a reflection on aspects of the human condition.

This Being Led Meditation 3

Dhivan leads an explorative meditation on the structure of experience.

This Being Led Meditation 4

Nayaka leads a clear and skilful meditative exploration of the five skandhas.

This Being Led Meditation 5

In this led meditation Nayaka encourages us to find our footing on the spiral path.

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

This lecture gives an outline of Tibetan meditation, in the context of the five stages common to all Buddhist meditation systems, and concludes with a description of the Green Tara visualisation practice.

Talk given in 1968.

Tonglen Retreat

Saddhanandi introduces the tonglen practice, its history and her personal connection to it. She also gives an overview of the practice.

Tonglen Retreat Day 3, Self-Tonglen

On the third day of the Tonglen retreat, Saddhanandi talks about turning towards whatever is unsatisfactory in our experience and holding that in the wider framework of spacious awareness.

Tonglen Retreat Day 4, Tonglen For Others

On day 4 of the tonglen retreat Saddhanandi talks about tonglen for others. She describes how the breath helps us to breathe in and turn towards what we usually ignore, resist or block to defend ourselves from the suffering we see in others.

Tonglen Retreat Led Meditation Day 2

Saddhanandi leads us into a heart space of open awareness.

Tonglen Retreat Led Meditation Day 2

Self-tonglen: First turning towards your own experience, then towards the unsatisfactory aspects and later to the joyful aspects. You end by simply being in a space of open awareness.

Tonglen Retreat Led Meditaton, Day 5

Led tonglen practice working with yourself and a person you find difficult.

Tranquillity, Imagination and Insight

Kamalashila visited the Croydon Buddhist Centre as a part of his tour relaunching his eagerly awaited new printing of Buddhist Meditation.

What Meditation Really Is

Meditation comprises all those methods that raise one's level of consciousness and transform one's life by acting directly on the mind itself.

Talk given in 1975.

Who Hates the Metta Bhavana Wk 1 Part 1

Week one, part one, of a five week seminar on the Metta Bhavana practice. Please note that the last segment of this recording has some extraneous noise on it.

Who Hates the Metta Bhavana Wk1 Part 2

Week one of a five week seminar on the Metta Bhavana practice.

Who Hates the Metta Bhavana Wk2

Week two of a five week seminar on the Metta Bhavana practice.