Thought for the Day

The following talks are taken from BBC Radio 4's "Thought for the Day" series. Most are by Vishvapani, a Triratna member and are given from a Buddhist perspective. Occasionally relevant talks by speakers from various faith traditions are included.

"This brief, uninterrupted interlude has the capacity to plant a seed of thought that stays with listeners during the day. Thought for the Day is broadcast during the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 every morning at around 7.45am."

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


The Buddhist ethical precepts telling people to avoid killing, lying and so on, are described as ‘training principles’ that invite us to adopt the underlying attitude the rule expresses....................................

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Shakespeare and the Buddha

"For me, Shakespeare is more than a poet or a playwright. Of course, he isn’t a teacher as the Buddha is. But I see them both, in different ways, as heroes of consciousness who offer new ways of seeing and open up new ways of being".

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

It's Been a Bad Week For South Wales

Vishvapani reflects on Buddhism's traditional focus on the individual and how this helps us to respond to wider social issues.

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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Bowie, The Buddha and Impermanence

Here is Vishvapani's first talk of the new year in which he reminisces no his own youth and the place David Bowie and his music had in his own life and it's connection with the Buddha and his teachings.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

What True Leadership Is

We're hearing a lot about leadership: what worked for Alex Ferguson; what didn't work for Stuart Lancaster, and what might work for the individuals aspiring to be the next UK Prime Minister or US President. But what are those elusive leadership qualities and what can we learn from the great leaders of the past? What about the Buddha, Gautama, who started a movement that eventually grew into a great religious and cultural civilisation?

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Our Assumptions and Biases

How do we move forward when past suffering still affects us? Many people face that question in their personal lives, but there's a collective dimension, too, as we've heard in the call for reparations for slavery that have accompanied David Cameron's visit to Jamaica. Back in Britain we've heard incredulity that issues that seem so long past can feel so present. But the issues persist, and we can't avoid the question of how we deal with grievances that are deeply rooted in history........................

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