Part of our Sangha Night series on Compassion for a Modern World.
The Buddha represents the spiritual ideal of Buddhism and through his life and teaching he exemplified a path of increasing selflessness, loving-kindness and a deep desire to help people achieve liberation. So how do we follow the example of the Buddha in our own time? In this age of modernity, what would the total, radical response of a Buddha to the world look like? And is it still possible to be liberated from the world while choosing to work for its good? These are some of the key questions we'll be exploring in this six week Sangha Night theme.
In this second week, Viryajyoti talks on the theme close to her heart: radical kindness in a violent world.
As part of our Dharma Revolution Day, marking the 3rd anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism along with hundreds of thousands of his followers, in Nagpur, India, Sanghanath interviews Padmasuri about her experiences.
As a young English-born Order member, Padmasuri went to live in India during the 1980s. She was engaged in doing primary health care in the slums as well as teaching the Dharma especially to women. She got first-hand insight into ways in which Dr Ambedkar's conversion to Buddhism and the following Dharma Revolution impacted on people's lives.
When the Buddha gained enlightenment 2,500 years ago he discovered and entered into a new way of being. In this second night of our series we hear from Sanghajata, an experienced Order member, exploring the theme of 'Happiness comes from within'.
A Sangharakshita classic explored in a talk by Sanghajata. Bhante Sangharakshita gave many talks and some of them have become classics because the teachings in them are so key to the culture and Dharma training in Triartna. This evening Sanghajata will be revisiting these teachings.
This year the Cambridge Buddhist Centre participated in the city-wide Open Studios, where artists invite the public into their creative spaces for an insight into their world and their work.
Entitled 'Awareness through the lens', the focus of the open studios was an exhibition of photography by photographers from the Sangha.
These talks explore the interface between Buddhist practice and creativity through the arts, touching on themes such as beauty and the nature of perception.