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"
Abhayavaca explores contentment and happiness in the context of our practice off the cushion. How do we work with our emotional and mental states?
Given as part of Glasgow Buddhist Centre's Rainy Season Retreat 2021
At the opening of Glasgow Buddhist Centre's annual rainy season in 2021, Kuladharini reflects on the life of the sangha. In it she explores the cosmic/ mythic significance in their current work and their approaching going forth from the city premises they have been teaching from for almost 50 years.
The Karaniya Metta sutta is the focus for Parami's exploration of working with anger, working with polarisation in our relationships and in the world. She uses the lesson of the extremes in this current moment in history as a launching pad for insight into the nature of love. She gave this talk to the gathered Triratna Buddhist Community in Scotland at their New Year gathering online. It has the flavour of a call to practice and to give closer attention to how we relate with those we love and those we find challenging.
Vishvapani explores our engagement in politics and society. In it he invites us to recognise the steps between the dharma and our interpretation of it in our political/ social action. He offers 6 dharmic themes that could helpfully form part of our approach to the big political questions in the world.