Day 4 brings us a bumper crop of great Dharma exploration and evocation from Ratnaguna and friends in the Bristol sangha as they deepen into their retreat together.
Talk 6: The Sutra as a Practice of Annussati - Recollection of the Three Jewels Ratnaguna introduces the practice of reading the longer Sukhavativuyha Sutra as a recollection of the Buddha, Dharma and arya-Sangha.
Reading from the Longer Sukhavativyuha Sutra - The Living Beings of the Buddhafield Ratnaguna briefly recaps on how...
Two more recordings from Ratnaguna’s beautiful retreat, going on all week in Bristol, UK, with the Triratna community in the heart of the city. A great fifth talk, and a different approach from the first day’s visualisation to imagining Sukhavati, the great jewelled realm of Amitabha.
Talk 5: The Mystery of the Pure Land This talk corrects some common misunderstandings about the Pure Land texts. The sutras are not to be read as philosophy but appreciated as...
A wonderful second pair of talks, bringing to life Sukhavati, the great Pure Land or Happy Land of Amitabha.
Talk 3: The Deathless Buddha - Possible Roots of Sukhavati in the Pali Canon In this fascinating talk, Ratnaguna shows us remarkable resonances between the Sukhavativuyha sutras and two late Pali suttas - the Mahaparinibbana sutta and Mahasuddassana sutta, and suggests the Sukhavativuyha sutras may have arisen from the distress of the Buddha’s followers after his Parinirvana.
Here are the two wonderful Dharma talks by Ratnaguna from the first day of the retreat this weekend, along with a led visualisation bringing the Pure Land of Sukhavati, made of all precious things, to life. As a treat to conclude, we also get the Bristol sangha chanting a beautiful, resonant version of Amitabha mantra.
Talk 1: Why hear the Pure Land Sutras?
An introduction to the three Pure Land sutras and to understanding the practice of Mahayana sutras in general. Other...
“All worldly activities are as immaterial as chaff.” So said the Tibetan teacher Tsongkapa. Having explored the Eight Worldly Winds, and their effects upon us; having examined our response and looked at suggestions for ways of working, is there some overarching approach we could adopt? In short, what have we learned, and how can we put it in to practice? Taranita completes his series on The Worldly Winds with the fourth and final talk.
Being social creatures, we live amongst others; how do we deal with the respect or disrespect afforded by other people? And being human, we are in the midst of pleasure and pain; so what is an appropriate response to these powerful sensations? In part 3 of his series on The Worldly Winds, Taranita explores the Worldly Winds of Respect & Disgrace and Pleasure & Pain
Two of the most emotive agents that the Worldly Winds throw at us are Loss and Criticism; how is it that these ubiquitous events can lead us to denial, anger and blame? And neither are our responses straightforward to their allegedly more desirable counterparts, Gain and Praise. Explore further the first two pairs of the Eight Worldly Winds in the second of four talks by Taranita on the Worldly Winds. Includes a number of points to discuss and on which to reflect.
The Eight Worldly Winds of Gain & Loss, Praise & Criticism, Respect & Disgrace, and Pleasure & Pain blow upon us all of our lives; sometimes gently, often with great ferocity. Rather than being simply blown about like a tattered prayer flag, we can use these every present phenomena to further our practice; which is no doubt one of the reasons that according to the Buddha, a penetrating insight into these transient states is a path to liberation. In this series of four talks, of which this is the introduction, we explore The Eight Worldly Winds and how we can work with them.
The Buddha spoke to everybody, from homeless wanderers to kings. So when King Ajatassattu wants to go to war against the Vajjian people, he asks the Buddha's advice! In this engaging talk, Vajratara unpacks the Buddha's reply, as he explains the 'seven things' which should be in place in order for a society to prosper and not decline. How might this teaching be interpreted in modern day terms, and what can it tell us about how we can help the dharma spread through society as a whole?
From communist to Buddhist.... Vimalavajri talks of her personal involvement in the spheres of politics, feminism and Buddhism. Using Indra's net as a classic Buddhist image of interconnectedness, the talk explores what the dharma might have to say about social or political action, and asks what helps when we feel overwhelmed or stuck in ill-will. If we really see Indra's net, we will connect more deeply with life at all levels and our action will be more joyful and wholehearted.