This symbol is an archetypal representation of one of the most important Buddhist teachings, pratitya samutpada or conditioned co-production. In imagery and symbolism it can speak to us in a very direct way, more potent that words.
Vidyasaki is a musician and Padmasambhava practitioner with a background in story telling. She has used these skills to dramatise The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava and is a very good guide into the symbolism of this sacred space.
Colour has an important place in Buddhism, for example as a way to express different aspects of the Enlightened mind in the Five Jinas. This symbolism can open the imagination to new depths of understanding. As an artist and former art teacher, Ahimsaka has studied colour extensively and helps us explore the deeper significance of colour in Buddhist practice.
“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.
Buddhist psychology says that every moment of experience is flavoured by either pleasure, pain or neutrality (not sufficiently interesting). Given this maybe we need to get more interested in pleasure and how to find it within our spiritual lives.
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
This is another great talk from the ‘Dharma Warriors’ series given at the Buddhafield Festival. Karunagita is the author of ‘Growing as a Parent - What Buddhism Has to Offer’, and here she presents some of that material to an audience of summer loving practitioners under the blue skies of Devon. Settle back and enjoy the sound of drums, kids’ voices, and Karunagita’s perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of raising a child as part of your practice of the...
How we can recognise the insidious voice of Mara, embodiment of everything that holds us back from practising the Dharma? How do we relate to inner voices which undermine our confidence and best efforts? Can we, like Lochana, touch the earth with clarity and confidence in our path? This talk is lively, inspiring and practical and was given at Taraloka on the May 2017 Work Retreat.