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Who Was Sangharakshita?

Tue, 30 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
The founder of our movement and Order - Sangharakshita, or 'Bhante' to most of us - was a global presence in Buddhism for over 70 years. His clear and sometimes provocative teachings have touched and transformed thousands of lives. But who was he? With meditation, poetry and storytelling, Maitreyabandhu - a long-time disciple of Bhante's who knew him personally - will introduce us more deeply to the man and his vision. Hosted by Kusalasara at the London Buddhist Centre, August 2022.
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Mind In Harmony: The Enlightened Mind

Wed, 24 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
What does Buddhism have to say about the mind from a psychological and ethical point of view? And how can we understand and train towards a ‘psychology of liberation’?

In this six-part seminar series we will explore some of these deeper questions, using Subhuti’s practical and accessible text Mind in Harmony.

The final talk of the series culminates with an exploration of the enlightened mind and how we can direct our mental activity towards this highest ideal.
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Mind In Harmony: Transforming the Mind

Wed, 24 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
What does Buddhism have to say about the mind from a psychological and ethical point of view? And how can we understand and train towards a ‘psychology of liberation’?

In this six-part seminar series we will explore some of these deeper questions, using Subhuti’s practical and accessible text Mind in Harmony.

In the penultimate talk of the series, Prajnamanas examines two pairs of mental events, faith & shame and clarity & ignorance, whose ethical significance can help or hinder our progress on the spiritual path.
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Within The Perfumed Chamber (Parinirvana Festival Day)

Wed, 24 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
Padmavajra delivers an enthralling account of the Buddha's passing into Paranirvana. Drawing on events in the Mahaparanibbana Sutta, he elucidates the perfumed chamber of the Buddha's unconditioned mind. Delivered on Parinirvana Day at the London Buddhist Centre, February 2022.
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Mind In Harmony: How the Mind Works

Tue, 23 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
What does Buddhism have to say about the mind from a psychological and ethical point of view? And how can we understand and train towards a ‘psychology of liberation’?

In this six-part seminar series we will explore some of these deeper questions, using Subhuti’s practical and accessible text Mind in Harmony.

Prajnamanas traverses the ethical significance of our mental states and the weight of the consequences which they bear.
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Mind In Harmony: The Art of Mind Watching

Tue, 23 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
What does Buddhism have to say about the mind from a psychological and ethical point of view? And how can we understand and train towards a ‘psychology of liberation’?

In this six-part seminar series we will explore some of these deeper questions, using Subhuti’s practical and accessible text Mind in Harmony.

In this second talk, Akashamitra explores the second chapter of Subhuti's book, which draws upon the profound and pithy opening verses of the Dhammapada.
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Mind In Harmony: Mapping the Mind

Tue, 23 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
What does Buddhism have to say about the mind from a psychological and ethical point of view? And how can we understand and train towards a ‘psychology of liberation’?

In this six-part seminar series we will explore some of these deeper questions, using Subhuti’s practical and accessible text Mind in Harmony.

In this first talk, Kusalasara explores the map that can lead us to a greater understanding of the ungraspable and mysterious abode of our minds.
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Mind In Harmony: How the Mind Becomes Absorbed

Tue, 23 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
What does Buddhism have to say about the mind from a psychological and ethical point of view? And how can we understand and train towards a ‘psychology of liberation’?

In this six-part seminar series we will explore some of these deeper questions, using Subhuti’s practical and accessible text Mind in Harmony.

Danayutta explores mental events that connect us with the content of our mind, events that Subhuti desrcibes as the 'Intensifiers'.
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Training the Mind: Treasuring Difficult People

Mon, 22 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
In this eight-part series, various speakers explore radical ways of training the mind, based on eight pithy and challenging verses from the Tibetan tradition.

These active reflections offer a number of attitudes you can take up in order to overcome self-clinging.

In part 4 of the series, Jnanavaca goes deeper into the topsy-turvy world of the Eight Verses, with the radical suggestion that our greatest friend may just be our enemy.

Talk given at the London Buddhist Centre, 2021.

Fourth verse

"When I see ill-natured people,

Overwhelmed by wrong deeds and pain,

May I cherish them as something rare,

As though I had found a treasure-trove."
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Training the Mind: The Challenging Path to Freedom

Mon, 22 Aug, 2022 - 00:00
In this eight-part series, various speakers explore radical ways of training the mind, based on eight pithy and challenging verses from the Tibetan tradition. These active reflections offer a number of attitudes you can take up in order to overcome self-clinging.

In the final part of our series, Kusalasara explores the challenges we might face in bringing the inspiring principles of the Eight Verses into the daily activities of our life. What are the conditions that give rise to the profound resolve needed to keep going year after year in pursuit of freedom?

Talk given at the London Buddhist Centre, 2021.

Eighth verse

"May none of this ever be sullied

By thoughts of the eight worldly concerns.

May I see all things as illusions

And, without attachment, gain freedom from bondage."