The five aspects of the Dharma life described by the Triranta system of practice can be mapped in a mandala. Jvalamalini gives some directions for the journey in this talk to start Bristol Buddhist Centre's 2018 theme.
At the start of our year at Bristol Buddhist Centre on the system of practice, Karunavapi talks of Mandalas as patterns of the unenlightened and enlightened mind. 'Personal mandalas' as the patterning of our own, unenlightened minds and the Five Buddha Mandala as the pattern of the Buddha's enlightened mind. To appreciate the qualities of the Buddha, we can see them like light through a prism splitting into the colours of the five Buddhas of the Mandala.
Vasakha was a generous laywoman disciple of the Buddha. In this story from the Pali Canon, she asks the Buddha for eight favours. The story tells us about the early sangha, about the Buddhist attitude to wealth, and about the effects of generosity on the donor. Jvalamalini shares the effects of the story on her practice, and draws out the significance for our sangha today. Talk given on Sangha day 2017.
"As many garlands are made from a heap of flowers, so one who is a mortal born should perform many ethically skilful deeds" - Dhammapada
Dhivan continues his talks on Pali suttas with the third in the series at the Bristol Buddhist Centre. This talk concerns the Discourse on the Not-Self Characteristic or Anattalakkhana Sutta (also known as the Discourse to the Group of Five or Pañcavaggiya Sutta), believed to be the second discourse given by the Buddha.
Dhivan's second talk of his series on Pali suttas at the Bristol Buddhist Centre concerns the Dhamma-cakka-ppavattana-sutta or the Discourse on the Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma; believed to be the first discourse given by the recently Enlightened Buddha.
In this first of four talks on 'the Cosmic Mythic Vision of the Mahayana' Jvalamalini explores the faculties of mythos and logos, how they're conditioned by historical context, a suggestion from neuroscience about how imaginal practice might work, and how the integrated Imagination perceives wisdom beyond words.
All this week, Ratnaguna and the Bristol Triratna sangha have turned their urban Centre into a realm for exploration of Sukhavati, the Pure Land of Amitabha. Now on the last day of our retreat, we meet the Buddha. This is what the retreat has been building up to…
With readings from the Guan Jing and from the Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava.
Recorded as part of Ratnaguna’s retreat on Great Faith, Great Wisdom at Bristol Buddhist Centre, Sept 2017.
On the 5th day of the Rainy Season Retreat, Ratnaguna takes us into the world of the the Sutra on the Visualisation of the Buddha Amitayus, or Guan Jing. Some wonderful guided meditations, conversation, and another excellent talk await…
The Guan Jing or Sutra on the Visualisation of the Buddha Amitayus - Introduction and Reading, Queen Vaidehi’s Predicament Followed by a Visualisation of the Setting Sun Ratnaguna starts the fifth day of the retreat with a brief introduction to the Guan...