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The Perfection of Wisdom and Dedication - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9 & 10

Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 15:58

The Perfection of Wisdom and Dedication - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9 & 10

Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 15:58

Teaching Emptiness Respectfully with Happiness Flowing from Clouds of Merit

In his final talk exploring the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra introduces us to Shantideva’s exposition of the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Wisdom. Here, Shantideva tells us about the two truths, the conventional and the ultimate, as well as of the true meaning emptiness, which is the cure for the terrible sufferings that we undergo. In doing this he gives us a glimpse of the Bodhisattva “respectfully teaching emptiness … to those who imagine a...

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The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51

The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51


“What is so special about me?” - Shantideva’s Perfection of Meditation

In the penultimate talk in his series devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter eight, the Perfection of Meditation (dhyana paramita). In this chapter, Shantideva tells us that in order to go deeply into meditation, we need to go into the solitude of body and mind, renouncing all worldly attachments and the usual way in which we relate to others. Having doing that, he shows how to develop an...

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The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

“Like someone hankering for the pleasure and fruit of love-play”

Padmavajra’s seventh talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicarayvatara is an exploration of chapter seven, the Perfection of Vigour (virya paramita). In this chapter Shantideva, makes it very clear that without virya there is no Enlightenment. He tells us what virya is, as well as what opposes virya, which include, sloth, laziness and self-contempt. He explains that virya is developed through the application of six powers: desire; pride; delight; letting go; dedication; and self-mastery. “Having...

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"The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 15:55

"The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 15:55

‘Serenity, freedom from disease, joy and long life, the happiness of an emperor, prosperity; these the patient person receives while continuing in cyclic existence.’

Padmavajra’s sixth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara explores Shantideva’s thorough exploration of the perfection of patience. In this chapter, Shantideva brings our attention to the seriousness of the faults of hatred and anger.

He shows how such states of mind arise and gives a number of ways in which patience can be cultivated in relation to the various sufferings inherent in...

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A Bodhisattva's Mindfulness - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5

Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 15:11

A Bodhisattva's Mindfulness - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5

Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 15:11

‘One should speak confident, measured words, clear in meaning, delighting the mind, pleasing to the ear, soft and slow, and stemming from love’

In his fifth talk devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter five ‘The Guarding of Total Awareness’. In this chapter Shantideva makes vividly clear the importance of mindfulness and awareness of purpose in the Bodhisattvas life. Shantideva tells us about the centrality and power of the mind and the need for scrupulous attention to every detail of our lives.

His discussion...

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Vigilance with Regard to the Bodhicitta - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 4

Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 14:51

Vigilance with Regard to the Bodhicitta - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 4

Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 14:51

“The defilements do not dwell in objects, nor in the collection of the senses, nor in the space in between. There is nowhere else for them to dwell and yet they churn up the entire universe.”

In his fourth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, given on the weekly Padmaloka retreat, Padmavajra explores Shantideva’s discussion of vigilance (apramada) in relation to the cultivation of the Bodhicitta.

In this chapter, Shantideva takes a sober look at the promises he has made to liberate all beings and the...

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Going For Refuge: The basis of Everything

Sun, 19 Apr, 2020 - 15:53

Going For Refuge: The basis of Everything

Sun, 19 Apr, 2020 - 15:53

This talk by Padmavajra is offered especially to men who have asked for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. It was given in the shrine room on Monday April 13th 2020.

In this talk Padmavajra addresses how men can continue their ordination training during this time of lockdown, when it is not possible to attend retreats at Padmaloka. He draws particular attention to the Buddha’s vision of existence and his longing for escape. He also explores the existential act of Going for...

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A Feast of Happiness for the Caravan of Famished Beings - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 3

Thu, 16 Apr, 2020 - 14:52

A Feast of Happiness for the Caravan of Famished Beings - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 3

Thu, 16 Apr, 2020 - 14:52

“For the caravan of famished beings wandering the road of existence, hungry for the enjoyment of happiness, this is a feast of happiness offered as refreshment to all who come”.

In his third talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores themes from the third chapter, ‘The Full Acceptance of the Bodhicitta’, in which Shantideva describes the wonder of the arising of the Bodhicitta, the profound selflessness of the Bodhisattva Vow and the pride of being born as a Buddha son. The talk was...

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Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 2: Giving Ourselves Completely to the Buddhas

Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 14:57

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 2: Giving Ourselves Completely to the Buddhas

Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 14:57

“And I give myself to the Conquerors completely, and to their sons. Take possession of me Sublime Beings. In devotion I become your servant”.

In his second talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra tells us how Shantideva takes to heart, ever more firmly, the Bodhicitta, through his lavish performance of puja and a searing confession of faults. The talk was given in the shrine room on the weekly Padmaloka day retreat. It was given in honour of the anniversary of Sangharakshita’s founding of...

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Bodhicitta - The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation

Sat, 4 Apr, 2020 - 12:13

Bodhicitta - The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation

Sat, 4 Apr, 2020 - 12:13

“Taking this image of the human form the Bodhicitta transmutes it into the priceless image of the Jewel of the Conqueror. Grasp tightly this highly potent elixir, known as the Bodhicitta, which must be thoroughly worked.”

In his first talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, given on a day retreat to the Padmaloka community, Padmavajra speaks of Sangharakshita’s evocation of the Bodhicitta. He goes on to talk about his discovery of the Bodhicarayavatara and what is known of the life of Shantideva. The main...

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