What do we revere? Is reverence a Buddhist practice? When we bow, does it mean we are unworthy?
This talk explores "the problem of how to translate knowing into being"- the function and meaning of reverence in general and bowing in particular; introduces the Three Jewels of Buddhism and the Threefold Puja; discusses religion, the rational mind, and the dangers and fetters of reverence.
With quotations by Urgyen Sangharakshita, Lama Suyra Das, and Shunryu Suzuki.
Here's a wee jewel from San Francisco - an introduction to the idea of spiritual community in Buddhism. Suvarnaprabha is a thoroughly delightful guide as she explores her subject with a depth of feeling that comes startling through at times. There are also plenty of laughs here - it's a human and grounded presentation of one of the Dharma's best kept secrets, one of its greatest potential gifts to the West.
Talk given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, St. Valentine's Day 2007
As part of a whole year at San Francisco Buddhist Center dedicated to the theme of 'Going for Refuge', we have this talk from Viveka. It's a personable and wide-ranging look at one of the most important aspects of Buddhist practice, whose significance is upheld in every tradition. What is it to look to the 'Three Jewels' as a response to our dissatisfaction? A thoughful exploration, taking in traditional Dharma approaches and contemporary counter-cultural art forms and ways of living...
Please note that some small noise artefacts can be heard occasionally on this talk due to a poor original recording.
Talk given at San Francsisco Buddhist Center, 2006
A short but sweet talk from San Francisco's very own Suvarnaprabha, in which she explores the Buddhist vision of compassion through her own experience of meditation and contact with inmates within the U.S. prison system. The talk was given in response to Chandrakirti's lines: "Like water in a waterwheel, helplessly we circle. I bow down to the compassion that arises for all beings." Moving stuff.
Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order Women's Convention, 2005
Padmatara is an Order member who has been working with ways to bring more awareness to her own communication and is still learning from resistance and obstacles along the way. In this interesting, down to earth talk, she discusses the ethics of speech as well as authenticity, kindness and miscommunication.
Part of the "What is the Sangha?" series of talks at the SFBC. Can we retain our individuality while practicing with other people? Are we true individuals, or are we rebels, and are the two really that different? Karunadevi explores the dangers and benefits of practicing within a sangha using the Buddha's teaching on the mental fetters and various commentaries by Sangahrakshita.
This is a talk from the center's series from September 2007, taking a look at the idea of happiness through consideration of the 'positive mental events' in the Abhidharma tradition and subsequent commentaries upon it, including 'Know Your Mind' by Sangharakshita. There's an introduction and conclusion by Suvarnaprabha, and a useful burst of discussion from the audience as Singhashri and Acarasiddhi consider 'faith' ('Shraddha') and how it pertains to their own lives and practices.
Curious about the outlandish and phantasmagorical realms of the Mahayana sutras? Listen as Viradhamma speaks about his relationship with and experience of the infinite realms of the Flower Ornament Sutra. This talk was given at the April 2017 men's ordination training retreat.