Glasgow Buddhist Centre Talks

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

Uploaded: 11th September 2020

Rijumitra of Vajraloka Retreat Centre gives the opening talk in the GBC's Brahma Viharas season. Using the experiences of availability and resistance to explore the practices.

Uploaded: 10th September 2020

Dhammarati, President of Glasgow Buddhist Centre gives us more of a personal take on the paramita of Virya as part of a GBC series online.

Uploaded: 9th September 2020

Maitreyi gave this talk, celebrating friendship in the spiritual life, as part of GBC's mitra study mornings online.

Uploaded: 9th September 2020

Viryadevi opens up the world of Peaceful Vajrapani for us. In this talk she introduces us to this figure and leads us through a short reflection focused on the qualities of Vajrapani.

Uploaded: 9th September 2020

AS part of the GBC's Virya series, Pasadini explores the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva. Beginning with a brief overview of the whole text, she focuses on the chapter on Virya.

Uploaded: 9th September 2020

Candrika gave this talk as part of GBC's 2020 Virya series. In it she travels from the finite sense of her own energy to the Buddha's awakened manifestation of infinite energy.

Uploaded: 9th September 2020

Parami gives her take on Virya the paramita. Exploring what it means and how we work with it, through the lens of Bhante's poem, 'the song of the windhorse'

Uploaded: 21st July 2020

May 2020 Kuladharini explores her relationship with the teachings and practices of Buddhism and 12 step recovery and why she needs both spiritual practices.

Uploaded: 21st July 2020

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.

Uploaded: 21st July 2020

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

Uploaded: 21st July 2020

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.

Uploaded: 21st July 2020

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?

Uploaded: 21st July 2020

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.

Uploaded: 20th July 2020

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.

Uploaded: 20th July 2020

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”.

Uploaded: 20th July 2020

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.”

Uploaded: 20th July 2020

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”

Uploaded: 20th July 2020

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.

Uploaded: 20th July 2020

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.

Uploaded: 20th July 2020

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.

Uploaded: 2nd August 2018

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.

Uploaded: 19th July 2018

"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...

Uploaded: 20th April 2018

Abhayavaca talks about forgiveness drawing from the Dhammapada and other episodes in the Pali Canon as well as events in the modern day.

Uploaded: 19th April 2018

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.

Uploaded: 18th April 2018

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.

Uploaded: 17th April 2018

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...

Uploaded: 16th April 2018

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?

Uploaded: 15th April 2018

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,...

Uploaded: 30th March 2017

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.

Uploaded: 30th March 2017

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'.