Glasgow Buddhist Centre Talks

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

Uploaded: 28th July 2011

In this talk Danabhadri combines introducing Dogen with reflections on her experiences of being a cook at a retreat centre. She gives examples from Dogen's Instructions to the Tenzo, a collection of advice to the temple cook.

Danabhadri then contextualises Zen in the development of...

Uploaded: 27th July 2011

Suriyavamsa begins by asking why, of all the teachers on the Triratna Buddhist Order Refuge Tree, is Padmasambhava the only teacher with his own festival? He describes how Padmasambhava brought the Dharma to Tibet, encountering and transforming inhospitable forces he encountered there. He then...

Uploaded: 27th July 2011

Kuladharini explores what it's like to be an example of the fourth sight in the world, to be a visible embodiment of dharma practice. Using the metaphors of the begging bowl, robes and shaved head she shares three ways in which she has gone forth as a visible example of a dharma farer.

Uploaded: 27th July 2011

This is a talk for Padmasambhava Day 2008 at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. Suriyavamsa takes a painting of Padmasambhava's Pure Land, Zangdog Palri, and through this visual key gives us an introduction to the Lotus Guru and how he functions as a teacher and guide. Suriyavamsa drwas on his...

Uploaded: 25th May 2011

This talk was given at Parinirvana Day 2010. Suriyavamsa begins with the inevitability of death and some of our habitual attitudes to death and suffering, reading from contemporary poets. He brings out the Buddhist perspective that life and death are not separate, but parts of the same preocess....

Uploaded: 24th May 2011

Dassini chanting the Metta Sutta in the Pali language.

Uploaded: 24th May 2011

The first half of the talk looks at the Buddha's early life and his battle with and the defeat of Mara. Then Dassini looks at the traditional Buddhist concept of time, and the division of time into Kalpas, inconceivably lengthy periods of time.

The talk concludes by looking at the...

Uploaded: 9th March 2011

Why Read the Sutta Nipata?

The talk starts by looking at why we read the suttas. Suriyavamsa evokes how sutta were traditionally passed on through the ages, attending to the spirit of the text. He makes the point, quoting Ch'an master Shen Yen that Ch'an and Zen hold their...

Uploaded: 16th October 2009

Vairocana starts by questioning whether there is evil in the world, and if so, is it rooted in greed, hatred and delusion as stated in the Buddhist tradition? He ponders on Siddhartha's experience of dissatisfaction which led him to give up his life of privilege and luxury.

He then...

Uploaded: 14th October 2009

The fourth and last in a series on the White Lotus Sutra. In this talk Vairocana takes the Parable of the Raincloud as a jumping off point for looking at receptivity. He goes into detail about the mental events of hrih and apatrpya - self respect and respect for wise opinion, as well as their...

Uploaded: 14th October 2009

The third in a series of four talks about the parables of the White Lotus Sutra, this talk focuses on the parable of the Return Journey, telling the story of a man who becomes estranged from his father and his rightful inheritance. The talk deals in becoming estranged from our 'spiritual...

Uploaded: 14th October 2009

The first of a series on the parables of The White Lotus Sutra, this talk looks at the Sutra as a whole. Suriyavamsa explores the key themes as well as how best to approach a Mahayana Sutra.

Please note that there is some noise disturbance at the end of the talk due to a small and...

Uploaded: 12th October 2009

This talks looks at the Parable of the Burning House from the White Lotus Sutra. Through readings from the sutra and retelling of the parable the main themes of the story are brought out, and the problem at the heart of the parable is revealed, that of unawareness or heedlessness. The talk...

Uploaded: 11th October 2009

Harvey talks about the importance of reverence and devotion and working with our ego-based tendency of not wanting to acknowledge anyone or anything as higher. He also rejoices in his teachers and his conditions for practising the Dharma.