Friendship: Duty, Delight and Freedom

On Sat, 17 April, 2021 - 12:50
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Caroline I P

What kind of friend are you? What kind of friend would you like to be?

Is there any limitation to the heights that faithful friendship can reach?

Explore the possibilities of friendship with brothers and sisters in the sangha, through looking at traditional understandings of friendship in society and the spiritual life.

We will draw primarily on The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam seminar, with supporting material from the seminar on the Sigalavada Sutta. Both texts were studied by Sangharakshita in 1983. With The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam, he took a sympathetic look at the text to cast light on the Buddhist idea of kalyana mitrata, while the Sigalavada Sutta seminar looked at our range of social relations, including friendship. These explorations were influential in the development of our whole approach to friendship in Triratna.

Studying this rich material was a highlight during the January 2021 Adhisthana community days, and the retreat is born of a desire to share it more widely.

Join us online from May 5-9th and engage with this rich and inspiring material.

You can read more about the retreat and book on here.

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