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.
Viveka exploring the theme of racism from the perspective of the Dharma and what the Buddha had to say about complex conditionality. A timely look at understanding - and ultimately undoing - the patterns that lead to prejudice and bias, of all kinds.
Specifically, this talk investigates:
Opening to the inter-personal, organizational, and societal conditioning that perpetuates racial bias.
Understanding ‘implicit bias’, which is how thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions are influenced (largely unconsciously) by exposure to stereotypes and fears about targeted social groups.
Here's a talk by the wonderful Suvarnaprabha given at a meeting of the San Francisco Gay Buddhist Fellowship just after the U.S. election of 2008. Tempering the general delight at Barack Obama's win was the knowledge that the people of California had voted to outlaw gay marriage, reversing the then current law. Suvarnaprabha's talk is perfectly weighted to the context and the time, looking at the 'perfection of patience', one of the training principles of the Bodhisattva and its application in our own challenging spiritual lives.
Talk given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, November 2008
This is a timely and invaluable talk from Paramabandhu. Drawing on many years of experience as a consultant psychiatrist and Dharma teacher, he invites us to consider the lessons Buddhist techniques around meditation and mindfulness training can bring to the field of mental health - especially to problems with depression and addiction. The talk evokes the Buddha in the Satipatthana Sutta to explore the four traditional foundations of mindfulness and discuss their potential use in therapeutic contexts. It is a kindly and empowering expression of practical hope, whose message applies to us all as we struggle to overcome whatever it is that holds us back from greater freedom in our lives.
Complete with a subsequent question-and-answer session on the talk in which Paramabandhu elaborates on the general theme. There's a wide range of material opened up - and considerable detail about how we can actually go about applying these techniques to whatever challenges we face in your own lives. Essential listening.
Please note - the questions in this recording were made at very low levels. We've amplified and clarified where possible - but the general sound quality drops noticeably at these points. However, they are all now audible and, in almost all instances, questions are repeated by Paramabandhu before he answers.
Tue, 27 Jan, 2015 - 20:18Welcome Mitras and Order Members at the San Francisco Buddhist Center! Our aim for this Core Sangha Group is to create a space where each of us can find the information we need to participate in the work and practice of the SFBC in a way that we find meaningful, creative and helpful. Posts are visible only to Core Sangha Members. Please feel free to comment or make suggestions - there will be many changes, no doubt, as time...