Glasgow Buddhist Centre Talks
These talks have all been given at Glasgow Buddhist Centre and uploaded to the Free Buddhist Audio website.
May 2020 Kuladharini explores her relationship with the teachings and practices of Buddhism and 12 step recovery and why she needs both spiritual practices.
7th March 2020 Kuladharini reflects on the life of the Triratna Buddhist Community in Glasgow over the past year, her first full year as chair of the Glasgow Buddhist Centre.
14th April 2020 Candrika explores how we might work with the mythic dimension in our current situation of pandemic. Talk given as part of the GBC Dharma night online series
7th April 2020 Viryadevi gives her second talk in her 2020 Vajrapani series. In this talk given to launch GBC’s Dharma night online, she explores the wrathful form of Vajrapani and what the protector qualities mean for us in this time of pandemic.
21st January 2020 1st in series of talks on theme of Vajrapani being given in Glasgow Buddhist Centre by Viryadevi during 2020. In this she explores who is Vajrapani and where did he come from?
18th May 2019 Parami gave this talk exploring the Buddha jewel in Scotland as part of her welcome home to Glasgow during the GBC Buddha day celebrations.
13th March Dassini looks at Vajrapani and “the irrepressible energy in pursuit of the good and the liberation from dukkha for all beings whatsoever," he represents.
12th March 2020 Saddhanandi looks into Virya and what it is. “ Spiritual life is not just about vision, it's about applying yourself to a path of transformative action”.
11th March 2020 Pasadini leads us in reflections on the 4 right efforts in the context of Virya. “ Buddhism is for people who are prepared to make an effort.”
10th March 2020 Saddhanandi explores laziness, what it looks like in the context of Buddhist practice. “ Every opportunity is an opportunity to lie down, spiritually speaking”
8th March 2020 Saddhanandi returns to Glasgow to lead the community in a week of study and practice on the theme of Virya. “If you do not keep your Guru’s teaching in your heart, will you not become your own deceiver” Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Hilary Barclay, Christine Cather and Karen McLaughlin, three women embarking on this years’ ordination retreat reflect on the advice to the 3 fortunate women and their own developing going for refuge.
Saddhanandhi returns to Glasgow to lead the community in a week of study and practice on the theme of Virya. “If you do not keep your Guru’s teaching in your heart, will you not become your own deceiver” Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Akasaruci gives a personal talk about her experiences of being on the 2018 Akashavana ordination retreat, on which she was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. This talk was given at her welcome back during Dharma Day on Sunday 29th July 2018 at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre.
"Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." In this talk, given at the 50th anniversary celebrations at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre in April 2018, Viryadevi gives her take on what is asked of us when we commit to creating a buddhaland - a collective spiritual life together. Drawing on...
Abhayavaca talks about forgiveness drawing from the Dhammapada and other episodes in the Pali Canon as well as events in the modern day.
In this talk Dassini looks at the individual nature of practising ethics, the need for metta in response to guilt, how to make a confession effective, and the Four Powers of Confession.
In this personal talk Pasadini shares some of her early expectations of the spiritual life, and the need to reconcile the messiness of our lives, while drawing inspiration from the Bodhisattva warrior.
Smritiratna interviews Pam about her journey into right livelihood and her work in the field of climate change. Pam is a mitra living in Paisley, originally from Detroit, Michigan. We hear about the elements of Pam's childhood, and her earlier working life that brought her to the field of...
Smritiratna looks at Buddhist ethics and the ten precepts, and how our actions have consequences on a global scale because of issues related to climate change and ethical consumption. How do we look at these issues and remain open and courageous, training in the manner of a bodhisattva?
The first talk of the Glasgow Buddhist Centre's Rainy Season Retreat 2018 - 21st Century Ethics: Bodhisattvas in Training. Smritiratna talks about the origin of Rains Retreats, the heart of Buddhist Ethics and the particular ethical problems facing us today in the 21st century. He also asks,...
The last in the series from the Glasgow Buddhist Centre's Rainy Season Retreat 2017. Ben Jarrett shares his enthusiasm and inspiration for the Sukhavati Sutras. A Mahayana treat.
This is the 6th talk from the Glasgow Buddhist Centre's Rainy Season Retreat. Amoghavira talks about the richness and expansive beauty of the pureland Sutras, drawing on Ratnaguna's excellent commentary "Great Faith, Great Wisdom'.
This is the 5th talk from our Rainy Season Retreat at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. Maitrinaga and Suriyavamsa share some of their musings on sadhana. These two friends are in the same order chapter and frequently talk about sadhanas as an essential and inspiring part of their practice. This two-...
The fourth talk from our Rainy Season Retreat 2017 at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. A lovely, reflective talk on meditation practice by Maitrisiddha. Starts with a sensitively led meditation/reflection practice organically moving from awareness of the body to insight into the nature of mind.
This is the third talk from the Glasgow Buddhist Centre Rainy Season Retreat 2017. Dassini looks at the Eight Worldly Winds and the Four Right Efforts, relating them back to the Four Mind Turning Reflections.
This is the second talk from the Glasgow Buddhist Centre's Rainy Season Retreat 2017. Candrika and Abhayavaca talk about ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Community, commitment and going for refuge.
This is the first of a series of talks from The Rainy Season Retreat 2017 at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. Suriyavamsa looks at our dharma practice as a workable situation in a broken world. He draws on lyrics by Leonard Cohen, poems by Sangharakshita and William Blake, quotes from Chogyam Trungpa...
In this talk Dassini addresses her local sangha on the theme of the Bodhisattva Ideal and suggests that as a concrete expression of this, they make all their Dharma classes free, no longer charging for teaching the Dharma or meditation. With readings from the Samyutta Nikaya and the...
In the first part Silaketu talks about faith, imagination, symbol and myth, and about seeing deeper. Then he goes on to talk about the Cosmic Refuge Tree and how to approach that world of imagery and meaning.