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The Three Family Protectors

Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
This series of talks explores three great Buddhist symbols that describe the way things are: the wheel of life, the spiral path and the ultimate goal of Enlightenment. Together they form a guide to escape from the ultimate vicious circle into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening. In this talk, Vidyavacin introduces the three family protectors - three archetypal figures representing different aspects of the ultimate goal of the spiritual life. Between them, Manjusri, Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani symbolise the complete spiritual development of a human being. These three aspects are Wisdom, the cognitive dimension; Compassion, the emotional dimension; Energy, the volitional dimension. Talk recorded on 10.03.20 at Sheffield Buddhist Centre.
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The Buddha As the Goal

Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
Moksatara gives a talk about the Buddha, the goal of the Buddhist path. This series of talks explores three great Buddhist symbols that describe the way things are: the wheel of life the spiral path and the ultimate goal of Enlightenment. Together they form a guide to escape from the ultimate vicious circle into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening. Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 3.3.20
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Positive Spirals

Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
In the game of life we wander between realms, moving from lower states to higher as our actions affect the state of our mind. Continuing from last week's talk, Dharmamayi gives us a closer look at what can emerge from 'the gap' in the chain of cyclic, repetitive existence. When we act creatively rather than reacting to events in the habitual way, a huge range of possibilities opens up. The spiral path is a progressive series of positive mental states leading to ever more free and expansive ways of living. It's a path we can all enter through choosing how to respond to what life brings, and is the same path which took the Buddha all the way to Enlightenment. This series of talks explores three great Buddhist symbols that describe the way things are: the wheel of life, the spiral path and the ultimate goal of Enlightenment. Together they form a guide to escape from the ultimate vicious circle into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening. Talk recorded on 25.02.20
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Vicious Circles and Doorways to Freedom

Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 00:00
This series of talks explores three great Buddhist symbols that describe the way things are: the wheel of life, the spiral path and the ultimate goal of Enlightenment. Together they form a guide to escape from the ultimate vicious circle into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening. This talk was recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 11/02/2020.
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Making Life Magic

Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 - 00:00
Tantric Buddhism developed outside the monasteries in small groups gathered around magical, shamanic gurus. In this talk Vadanya explores what magic is and how we can bring mystery into the forefront of life as an act of 'war against the ordinary'. If our eyes are open to it, magic can be a powerful tool for transforming ourselves towards our spiritual goals. Vadanya explains how magicians live backwards and describes a technique for casting spells using the Five Forces. With strong energies that 'increase the voltage of your mind' we can overcome our demons and make change happen. This new sangha night theme explores the scary, exhilarating, radical and challenging nature of the true Dharma. Over the course of coming talks we will be forging a Western tantra, bring the spirit of Vajrayana teachings into our here and now. Questions for reflection and discussion: What could you do to make life more magical this week? Do you have a spiritual goal that you could cast a spell to achieve? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 22.10.19
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Blazing Like The Sun

Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 - 00:00
In the final part of the Path to Awakening series, the team explore the metta bhavana meditation: the cultivation of loving kindness. How can we develop a heart that blazes like the sun, warming to ourselves and the people all around us?
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Tantra For the Modern World

Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 - 00:00
Satyajyoti introduces the tantra: Buddhism to set life aflame through deep personal transformation of our direct experience. Out with abstractions and theory, it's time to act 'as if your turban was on fire!' In the words of Sangharakshita, 'making Buddhism respectable is the last thing we should do'. In her introductory talk, Satyajyoti outlines five key principles of Tantric Buddhism and explains the tantric equivalents of the three Buddhist refuges, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The new sangha night theme explores the scary, exhilarating, radical and challenging nature of the true Dharma. Over the course of coming talks we will be forging a Western tantra, translating Vajrayana teachings into 21st Century cutting edge practices. Questions for reflection and discussion: How could you intensify your practice, making it more direct and emotionally charged? Is there a situation this week when it could help to 'act as if you're Enlightened'? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 15.10.19
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Sunyata

Wed, 2 Oct, 2019 - 00:00
Sunyata can be translated as 'emptiness' or 'insubstantiality', but what does this actually mean? Vadanya breaks down common misconceptions around the Buddhist idea of non-self, exploring Santideva's arguments from the Bodhicaryavatara. Instead of an empty denial of our self, the liberating truth of sunyata is the key to happiness and spiritual growth, together with compassion for all other beings. Part 10 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Points for reflection and discussion: Do you ever think of yourself as having an 'immortal, unchanging essence'? Would you benefit from taking your 'self' more or less seriously? Read chapter 9 'The Paramita of Wisdom' of the condensed Bodhicaryavatara (available on the Sangha Night section of the website at the time this talk was uploaded) to accompany this week's talk. Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 1.10.19
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Dispelling Distraction

Wed, 25 Sep, 2019 - 00:00
Moksatara and Maitrivasin share a talk on meditation, solitude and 'the supreme mystery'. Moksatara expounds the Bodhicaryavatara's teaching on hindrances to solitude, explaining how solitude can remove distractions and refine the pleasure we experience in meditation. Maitrivasin then explores approaches to the metta bhavana, sharing his personal experiences of walking in the shoes of others and developing empathy which is insight into the interconnectedness of all beings. Part 9 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Points for reflection and discussion: Would spending some time in solitude or on retreat benefit you? Could the 'supreme mystery' of exchanging self and other be part of your metta bhavana meditation? Read chapter 8 'Meditation' of the condensed Bodhicaryavatara (available on the Sangha Night section of the website at the time this talk was uploaded) to accompany this week's talk. Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 24.09.19
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Hey You!

Wed, 11 Sep, 2019 - 00:00
Virya is the energetic counterpart to the patience of Ksanti; it is energy in pursuit of the good. Bodhinaga tells us how we can develop this noble vigour, which brings strength and courage like that of a virtuous knight. He guides us through counteracting the four 'enemies of virya' before introducing the Four Powers: ethical sources of energy to power the Dharma life. Part 8 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Points for reflection and discussion: How could you bring more joy into your life? Which enemies of virya drain energy for you? Read Chapter 7 'Virya' of the condensed Bodhicaryavatara (available on the Sangha Night section of the website at the time this talk was uploaded) to accompany this week's talk. Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 10.09.19