Vajragupta (m) offers a Buddhist myth of the asuras, the Titan realm on the Wheel of Life, as a way of seeing and understanding the social and political times we are living through. In this myth, the Buddha appears in the realm of the asuras holding a sword. What does that symbolize? Vajragupta suggests it can be seen as a sword of fearlessness, a sword of truth and wisdom, a sword of justice, and the sword of the...
Buddhist ethics is practical, it’s to do with engagement with the world. Parami is an ideal guide for this sort of material, steeped as she is in study and practice engaged within the light of the ‘Bodhichitta’, and the Bodhisattva Ideal itself.
What does it mean to be part of a Sangha? What does true harmony mean alongside the inevitability of conflict? Srivati addresses these questions with help from the monks at Kosambi, the six memorable qualities of a Bikkhu, and the seven knowledges of the stream entrant.
Being a disciple doesn’t require an emotional allegiance, but a spiritual one. Dhammadinna speaks about Sangharakshita as a spiritual friend while exploring the topic of discipleship in the Triratna Buddhist Order. We don’t go for Refuge to Bhante, we Go for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Aryasangha.
Excerpted from talk entitled Discipleship given at the Triratna Buddhist Order Women’s UK and Ireland Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, 2014.
Padmasuri shares the story of Hatthaka who wanted all his friends to meet and hear the Buddha, and then was praised by the Buddha for having many wonderful spiritual qualities. From the talk The Buddha Was a Friend As We Can Be a Friend at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 2013.
Amoghavajra takes us back 2,500 years to the Kingdom of Magadha in Northern India to the birth of a boy called Kassapa. He grows up happily and as he gets older he becomes less and less worldly. Kassapa marries Bhadda who has equally renunciant tendancies. They both go forth together.
Kassapa meets the Buddha, becomes his disciple and gains Enlightenment. He is known as a superb meditator and was foremost among the bhikkus for practising austerities. According to Amoghavajra’s story,...
In a sutta from the Udana, Meghiya overestimates his spiritual development and sees the goal in terms of his own individual, personal development. Vadanya shares some reflections on the Meghiya Sutta on the theme of learning about yourself in solitude as well as in relationship to others in the Sangha.
Ratnaprabha is a brilliant storyteller. Here, he shares the Alavaka Sutta where an troll tries to trick the Buddha with a series of spiritual questions, which the Buddha answers with calmness and clarity, converting the troll to become a Dharmapala, a protector of the Dharma.