Saturday, October 16, 2010

FBA's Community Places Gains Momentum

Free Buddhist AudioFree Buddhist Audio's Community Places project is gaining momentum, sparking a shift in the way our Dharma archives work. This bold initiative brings our free collections very much into the present moment as talks are gathered from local sanghas around the world almost as soon as they are given!

We are in a unique position within the Buddhist world to strengthen our sense of connection with each other by sharing online what we teach at our Triratna community: the Dharma in our own voices, in our own words, at a local level but connected internationally via our network of Centres, projects and businesses. We know many people put a lot of time and effort into giving Dharma talks, so please encourage your local Order members to record theirs, and help us keep the momentum going by encouraging regular uploading to your local page. And if your project doesn't have a space yet on FBA, please get in touch and we'll be delighted to help you get started.

Some of the highlights...

* We currently host audio archives for 40+ Triratna Centres, projects and businesses around the world!

* Free access to so many rich Dharma collections is of great value to small groups and individuals living in areas where it is not easy to stay connected with the wider sangha.

* Community Places provide a unique way to share our various approaches to practice - we have a rich treasure trove of teachers in our Movement.

* The service is being used increasingly in non-English speaking parts of the world including Valencia, Spain; Essen, Germany; Krakow, Poland; Gent, Belgium; Oslo, Norway; and Dhammakranti, India.

We'd like to take a moment to mention our long time contributors to the Free Buddhist Audio archives: Taraloka and Padmaloka, two retreat centres in the UK who regularly record and upload teachings, led meditations, Q & A sessions, and more on a variety of topics. Many people around the world savor access to these collections and find great inspiration in them for their lives and practice.

Nagabodhi, one of Sangharakshita's earliest and closest disciples, has this to say about the new developments at Free Buddhist Audio:

"Someone in the Ukraine, or Helsinki, or Missoula MT can listen to a talk given in Nagpur, India or Manchester, England sometimes within hours of its original delivery. This means, among other things, that we are much less likely to turn into a galazy of disconnected centres, and more able to evolve and develop as a united and harmonious Dharma community."

Check out what's happening in our global sangha by visiting Free Buddhist Audio's Community Places!


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