Through the lense of Upaya 'the skilful means' of the Bodhisattva, Parami explores the seemingly contradictory themes of withdrawal and engagement on the Bodhisattva path.
She demonstrates how they are synthesised by drawing on the last four stages of the spiral / transcendental path and how they culminate in the arising of the bodhicitta.
At the start of the GBC's rainy season retreat 2023, Pasadini revisits the Dana economy and asks would it better better be described and practiced as a Dana ecology?
They explore how we build our practice of dana in a community and why the revolution at the heart of the dana practice is a revolution in relationship.
Parami describes Avalokiteshvara; her relationship to the figure, his origins and mythology. In this talk she helps listeners connect with his compassion and find meaning in his example of skilful action to end suffering of all beings.
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.