This week we continued our theme of going deeper in meditation and to truly ‘meditate with and in the body’; learning to find out ‘what is actually happening’ as opposed to what we may just think is happening due to habit or custom.
Nandavajra introduced us to the term ‘vedana’ - an interesting and useful concept in Buddhism. Sometimes translated as ‘feeling’; a more accurate term is ‘sensation’, or as it sometimes referred to as the ‘initial hedonic feeling tone’ - that is, the...
'Mind Over Matter':
The Buddha taught that 'Minds create Worlds'. Modern Physics tells us that Reality defies common sense. Does the Buddhist vision of the Universe have anything to offer beyond scientific materialism?
What is the Universe and what does it mean to be alive in it? Jnanavaca explores a Buddhist Theory of Everything that encompasses the laws of Physics but extends far beyond to the meaning of life itself.
Sangharakshita gave this talk in 1975 - so, a looong time ago; and I probably listened to it for the first time in 1988! But I still think it is a really useful talk and worth listening to. I referred to this at Exeter Sangha Night 8 March, and talked about how this talk really got me to think about the purpose of what I was trying to do.
And in addition, listening to this talk marked the start of learning to be...
Talk 3 in a series given in the context of a Brahma Viharas retreat at Taraloka. What is Karuna? What is suffering? What happens when metta meets suffering but we cannot stay with it?
An exploration of karuna: the near and far enemies, and personal reflections of the theme.
Talk 2 in a series given in the context of a Brahma Viharas retreat at Taraloka.
This talk gives an overview of the Brahma Viharas, exploring what they are and their enemies.
Singhamati gives an account of her personal journey through Metta and explores the Brahma Viharas as a path to awakening.
Talk 5 of 5 talks in a series given in the context of a Brahma Viharas retreat held at Taraloka.
What is Upekkha? How do we regain balance when we are being blown about by the worldly winds? What helps us get perspective? Another informative yet personal talk.