Parami offers a clear, insightful and practical guide to the classically challenging chapter 9, the wisdom chapter, of the Bodhicaryavatara.
She places the chapter in context of the bodhisattva path and illuminates this part of the text for those who have been struggling with it. And of course she does all this with warmth and humour.
Maitrisiddha explores the practice of sangha from the wisdom perspective. Sangha is born from the Buddha's enlightenment experience and when he communicated that and someone got it, his enlightenment was complete. And in sangha we have a place to explore our basic delusions of self and other and all that arises from that. Sangha is the relational practice that awakens us to that.
A sensitive exploration of the issues surrounding abortion and an introduction to Buddhist ethics, that begins with a short evocation of Amitabha. Throughout, Pasadini encourages reflections on the role of sexuality and the internal, external and cultural contexts within which women make the decision of what to do when faced with an unintended pregnancy. Her exploration ends with a rousing call to develop compassion and wisdom for ourselves and others facing ethical dilemmas.
Pasadini is part of Glasgow Buddhist Centre's spiritual leadership kula, is on the teaching team at Danakosa and worked for a number of years at a reproductive health clinic in the USA.
Vajrapani, Bodhisattva of Energy is traditionally associated with the Gateway to Reality known as the Animita - ‘the Signless’ which is reached through a profound understanding of Impermanence. Not as a theory or as something abstract but as an experience and realisation.
In this talk, the final in her series on Virya given in 2020 to mark the Glasgow Buddhist Centre’s Year of the Paramita of Virya, Viryadevi asks what is the connection between Virya or Energy and Impermanance. She describes how the development and sustenance of Virya, relies on a commitment to increasing integration and purity. A commitment that we strengthen through time. And then points to how that commitment opens us into a world beyond time , the mysterious world of ‘the signless’.
Maitrisiddhi's magnificent contribution to Glasgow Buddhist Centre's series on the pure land. In it she introduces us to Shinran, the Japanese teacher on the refuge tree of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
Maitrisiddhi explores what Shinran has to tell us about faith and ordinariness. Both of them encourage us to rest in Metta towards our our unenlightened mind. Or as Maitrisiddhi puts it delightfully "seeing our own numptiness and orienting again and again towards the infinite"