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Very important podcaste
Great for beginning Buddhists!
Thanks to the FWBO for providing this wonderful collection of dharma-talks! These are witty, engaged, colorful, and learned presentations on a variety of schools and methods from the Buddhist world at large, and unlike anything I've heard in the podcast world of Buddhist presentations. It is such a joy to hear something more than just hushed voices talking about the same few areas of thought: In these talks, you'll hear poetry, chanting, laughing, sighing, music, and all manner of strange and intruiging by-ways of thought. Couldnt recommend this series more. If you'd like a good place to begin, I'd suggest Candradasa's lovely talk "The Three Visions of the Buddha" or if you enjoy free-form poetics, try Vajradarshini's lyrical "All One Gorgeous Mistake". They are all quite wonderful.
Others gloss over complexities and write wordy tomes but these lectures go right to the heart of complex issues: death and the Buddhist, what is mind? This is a fabulous set of lectures, but not for those who prefer their "mystery". The more I listen to, the more I value this set of lectures. Do not be put off by seemingly excessive intellectual complexities. The subjects discussed are, by their very nature, complex.
I loved the talk on the Three Visions of the Buddha. I wish we would hear more from this particular speaker. Not only are his talks well thought out, but very well presented. I would really like to learn more from him. Please encourage more talks from this particular speaker. Thank you very much.
A reflection of the quality of the practice of real western buddhists. Real western people engaging in real western practice, no dilettantes here. Buddhism is not simply its cultural trappings as many practioners might have you believe. Culture provides context for our own lived experience in the present, it should not provide pretext. Humorous and insightful, an absolute jewel amidst the rubish of dharmatunities. Heh. And I want Abhaya to be my Grandfather.
This is very informational and interesting stuff. Thanks so much for putting all of the time and effort into it. I can't wait for the long car ride to work so that I can listen to more.
These are simply excellent!!! I like the variety of speakers. The content is very rich and well presented. I only wish they would publish more of these more frequently. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.
The series is a concise summary of Buddhism's basic precepts, that is intellectually consistent and uplifting. Sometimes there are dreary side roads, but in the main the speakers stay on point. Although I am a skeptic when it comes to metaphysical hand-me-downs, the ideas expressed here are solid and will help any honest seeker to advance on the path to understanding what the heck is going on. I wish there were more in the series.