International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning Arrows Into Flowers'

Yashobodhi - Turning Arrows Into Flowers: Seven-point Mind Training (Audio Edition)

Posted by Centre Team on Fri, 14 September, 2018 - 09:05
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Join the Triratna International Practice Week 2018, our Urban Retreat you can take part in on your own time with others around the world!

The dates are 22-29 September 2018 - check out our dedicated web space for details of how to get involved at your local Centre or online – and to watch the series of talks given by Yashobodhi.

Download a Guide to Joining the International Practice Week Online

The image to sum up and symbolize the theme of this week is that of the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment, at the point when Mara attacks him with all the weapons he can muster. But, as we know, even though the Buddha is attacked, he does not react with anger, hatred or defensiveness but instead sits in complete peace and openness; the arrows from his opponents drift down around him as flower petals.

The week’s practice material will focus on this state of openness, of non-defensiveness, of having a mind that is free of blame and reactivity: instead we practice to turn toward the challenge with openness, kindness and interest developing the attitude of ‘taking adversity onto the path’. 

We can use themes from the Seven Mind Training verses as laid out by Atisha to help us develop the mind of bodhicitta in our everyday experience.

With thanks to West London Buddhist Centre.

Watch all Yashobodhi’s talks for International Practice Week

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