In July 2019 Satyalila gave a series of three talks in Bristol - ‘Responding to the Burning World’. Each talk takes a classic Buddhist parable or sutta as its starting point - the Burning House, the Raincloud and the Two Arrows and explores how these Dharma teachings can help us to develop the resilience to respond creatively to the world as we find it today.
Weaving poetry with classic Dharma teachings, each talk concludes with a brief exploration of six...
Hatred or ill-will arises when something gets in the way of something we desire. From a mild irritation at being inconvenienced, to violent anger, competitiveness, jealousy, all are forms of ill-will.
Khemasuri explores the theme of anger in Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara at Sangha Night, Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Excerpted from the talk entitled Gratitude to Everyone given on 15th April 2008. Part of a series on Great Buddhist Texts.
Here Vairocana shares thoughts on patience, pride and evil actions as described in the Bodhicaryavatara, verse 21. Shantideva reflects that compassion arises upon seeing the suffering of the world and that this manifests in one loosening ones pride. This leads to a fear of the consequences of evil and a delight in Enlightenment itself, or as Shantideva puts it, delight in the Conquerors.
The Buddha said the world is on fire, fuelled by our greed, hatred and delusion. Jnanavaca explores how we can raise ourselves to meet the challenges faced by humankind on both an individual and global basis.
Can Metta be cultivated so that in can burn brightly with the brilliant flames of peace?
Suryadarshini takes us into the forest to meet our shadows, drawing on traditional Buddhist sources and popular cultural references. Her personal approach to the Dharma accesses its universal aspects, and she navigates the darker parts of our experience with curiosity and kindness.
To succeed at anything, we need to think; to go about it in a way that’s actually going to work. Vadanya examines different metaphors that help us to bring our reasoning and wisdom into action to make spiritual progress. He highlights the importance of creating the right conditions to grow and flourish, particularly the importance of spiritual friendship.
Satyajyoti gives a talk on Ksanti, the patient forbearance that is the true antidote to anger and ill-will. She shares Santideva’s advice on learning to endure pain and discomfort so we can respond with an attitude of love in difficult circumstances.