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Buddhism and Politics - Talk 3

Thu, 22 Jul, 2021 - 00:00
In this third and final talk for Buddhist Action Month 2021, Vajragupta takes the Quakers' involvement in the 19th-century anti-slavery movement as a case study of what happens when spiritual communities get involved in political issues. He highlights the potential power of a small community inspired by ethics, but is also realistic about the challenges and dilemmas that political issues will bring into a spiritual community. Vajragupta then explores the principle and practice of "consensus" - the way by which spiritual communities make decisions, before rounding up by highlighting Triratna's Indian movement as successfully combining the transformation of self and world.
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Buddhism and Politics - Talk 2

Sun, 11 Jul, 2021 - 00:00
In another ambitious and wide-ranging talk, Vajragupta suggests that changes in Western societies in the last 40 years have undermined our sense of the "common good". He then reflects on what a Buddhist approach to the common good might be. A highly stimulating talk, drawing on the inspiration of Dr Ambedkar, as well as other thinkers and writers. Second in a series of three talks given for Buddhist Action Month 2021 at Croydon Buddhist Centre.
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Buddhism and Politics - Talk 1

Tue, 6 Jul, 2021 - 00:00
Should Buddhist sanghas and Buddhist Centres get involved in politics or remain politically neutral? When political debate can be so fractious and polarised, how can Buddhists make a helpful contribution? In this ambitious and challenging talk, Vajragupta asks us to reflect on our political views and conditioning, so as to come to a deeper appreciation of what a Buddhist perspective might be. First of a series of three talks given for Buddhist Action Month 2021.
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What Is Nirvana and Do We Really Want to Get There? Talk 5

Sat, 20 Mar, 2021 - 00:00
In the final talk in the series, Vajragupta responds to questions from participants: is Nirvana about escape from Samsara or is it the Bodhisattva Ideal? How would we know a Bodhisattva if we met one? And what’s our chances of gaining Enlightenment? In answering these questions, Vajragupta makes fascinating use of the teaching of the five niyamas.
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Sangha As a Gift to the World

Sat, 20 Mar, 2021 - 00:00
A talk given on an online weekend retreat with Croydon Buddhist Centre. Having considered “sangha as a gift to each other” (the first talk - not recorded) Vajragupta considers how the sangha reaches out into the world, looking at three areas: loving-kindness and common humanity, community and service, and wisdom in an age of information overload.
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What Is Nirvana and Do We Really Want to Get There? Talk 4

Fri, 19 Mar, 2021 - 00:00
Vajragupta talks about Nirvana as seen in the early Buddhist tradition - as the eradication of greed, hatred, and delusion, and the cessation of the whole samsaric process. And then he explores how Nirvana was seen in later tradition - linking this to the Bodhisattva Ideal and the realisation of emptiness and compassion.
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What Is Nirvana and Do We Really Want to Get There - Talk 3

Mon, 15 Mar, 2021 - 00:00
In talk three of a series of five, Vajragupta explores how we can immerse ourselves in the ideas, world-views, and myths of Buddhism, through faith and belief, myth and ritual. What happens when we do this? What perspectives unfold? An inspiring talk about the need for vision and ideals to draw forth our full creativity and potential and to make a better world possible. Talk given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2021
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What Is Nirvana and Do We Really Want to Get There - Talk 2

Mon, 15 Mar, 2021 - 00:00
In the second talk in this series, Vajragupta explores the power of ideas to shape us, our lives and world, and even human history. As Buddhism comes to the West, is it taken on in a way that seems to fit with certain prevailing ideas and assumptions in our culture? What ideas and world-views conduce to Enlightenment and the fullest expression of human potential, and what ideas and world-views may hinder? A talk fizzing with ideas to make you think and wonder… Talk given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2021
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What Is Nirvana and Do We Really Want to Get There - Talk 1

Mon, 15 Mar, 2021 - 00:00
In this first talk of a series, Vajragupta asks if certain key ideas are getting diluted in Buddhism's translation into the modern, Western world. Do teachings around Enlightenment, nirvana, or rebirth fade into the background in the way the Dharma is presented? What effect will this have on how the path will unfold for us? Talk given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2021
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Buddhism and Inequality

Sun, 8 Mar, 2020 - 00:00
What has Buddhism got to say about the growing levels of inequality in many societies? What would a society based on Buddhist values look like? This talk is Vajragupta's personal response to "The Spirit Level", by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, a book about inequality that made a big impact when it was first published in 2009. This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in February 2020 as part of our Saturday Sangha morning series.