In the opening talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the profundity of the Buddha's statement that spiritual friendship is 'the whole of the spiritual life' or, in other words, the whole of the Going for Refuge. He emphasises the "guhya" (secret or hidden) nature of spiritual friendship and demonstrates how its emergence in the world was inseparable from the Buddha's ineffable Nirvana. The talk concludes by drawing out some important implications and challenges us to reflect on how central spiritual friendship is in our lives.
Padmasagara invokes the Dakini to examine the horizontal dimension of spiritual friendship and encourages us to develop strong positive emotion, honesty and openness, and enter the cremation ground - or 'crucial situation' - with our spiritual friends. The talk is both mythic and practical, and provides a brilliant crescendo to his series 'Of the Mysteries of Spiritual Friendship and the Three Tantric Refuges'.
The imagination is the faculty by which we can liberate ourselves from self-preoccupation and increasingly identify and empathise with our spiritual friends, but this is easier said than done. In the third talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the obstacles that prevent us seeing people as people and suggests ways in which they can be overcome. Replete with quotes, stories and images from the Pali Canon, the Mahayana Sutras and Sangharakshita's memoirs and lectures, this is a rich, insightful and challenging talk.
In the second talk in the series, Padmasagara gets to grips with concepts such as spiritual hierarchy and offers a commentary on the Buddha's encounter with a young hedonist named Yasa to demonstrate the importance of the vertical dimension of spiritual friendship. The talk concludes with a wonderful evocation of the beauty of the path to Enlightenment and its manifestation in those we look up to as our teachers and guides.
In this short talk given during the Young Men's Weekend retreat at Padmaloka, Khemabandhu shares some experiences of his personal encounters with Guru Padmasambhava, the effects that those had on his life, as well some reflections on Bhante Sangharakshita's teaching on energy.
In this short talk given during the Young Men's Weekend retreat at Padmaloka, Padmabhasa shares a bit about his first encounters with Padmasambhava. We'll hear about the mysterious treasure of Sri Singha, Padmasambhava's subjugation of the Gods of Tibet, as well as some practical advice that Padmabhasa was given by his own teachers on what we can do to reveal a deeper beauty of life.
In this introduction to Padmasambhava Vidyadaka guides us through the symbolism of Padmasambhava's appearance on a lotus, in the centre of Lake Dhanakosa. We hear about the qualities of the lake, the land of Uddiyana, King Indrabhuti's plight and uncover their deeper meanings and relevance to our own life. Vidyadaka also describes Padmasambhava, his own initial discovery of him and Bhante's first glimpse of the Great Guru in Darjeeling.
In this talk given during the Winter Retreat at Padmaloka, Padmavajra explores the profound truth of the Diamond Sutra, Bhante Sangharakshita's relationship with the text, as well as providing us with inspiration and instructions for practicing patience in our daily life.
In this talk given to the men at Padmaloka during the Autumn Great Gathering 2021, Padmavajra explores the myth of Tharpa Nagpo from the Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava. In this stirring talk, he explores the demon in society and in ourselves and how to transform it.
This talk is the second part of the series: Padmasambhava - the Master for Troubled Times.
In this talk given to the men at Padmaloka during the Autumn Great Gathering 2021, Bodhinaga explores the myth of Padmasambhava arriving in Tibet, at the invitation of the King, to establish the Dharma at Samye. When he meets the King of Tibet, Padmasambhava refuses to bow. Then he transforms the demons of Tibet, getting them to help rather than oppose the construction of Samye Monastery. Bodhinaga asks us: What do we serve in our life? What are our inner demons? And how can we use their energy for the Dharma?
This talk is the first part of the series: Padmasambhava - the Master for Troubled Times.