Standing between the fangs of the defilements... and pulling my mind away from false paths” is Shantideva’s take on where most of us begin when we sit to meditate. This week Sanghagita explores how the Metta Bhavana can help us dodge the snapping fangs of greed, hatred and delusion and train in the loving exchange of self and other.
Last week we heard about Virya, which can mean vigour, effort, and even courage. What would a person who fully embodies this warrior energy be like if we met them? What would they look like? How would they live? Bodhinaga will be exploring these questions and leading us into an encounter with beings who delight in smashing obstacles and dancing in flames
In the past few weeks we've heard about the importance of patience, receptivity and loving acceptance (kshanti). As important as these qualities are, the Bodhisattva knows that they will only be effective when combined with vigour, energy and courage (virya). The Bodhisattva is a spiritual Warrior, and it's in the great battle for awakening that they find delight. Talk given by Prajnahridaya (spiritual warrior in training).
A talk on the Perfection of Generosity, the first of the six Paramitas, which are Bodhisattva practises that lead us to the beyond. We may think we already know enough about generosity. Well think again! As one of the Perfections, this practice goes beyond ordinary giving. Bodhinaga illustrates the ideal with the lives of two Buddhists who gave themselves for the benefit of all.
New Year, new Sangha Night theme. With this one we're going right to the core, and will be exploring what is perhaps the most fundamental, uncompromising and sublime expression of the Buddhist vision of life, the Bodhisattva Ideal. Satyajyoti will begin by opening the door at least a little bit for us into this realm of wisdom and compassion, and how we might begin to transform our lives in the light of this Ideal right now.
Back in the day, people would invoke the magical rite of increase to become wealthy and prosperous. But the Buddha discovered a far more powerful 'magic' that can bring about the highest abundance in ourselves and the world. Prajnahridaya will be exploring what this is and how we can put it into practice.
Three sangha members talk about how they use tantric practice to transform challenge and difficulty in their own lives: working with anger, commitment through crucial situations and being willing to be able to fail.
Vimaladasa will explore what it means to live life backwards, starting from the ideal that we want to reach and acting in accordance in order to get there. What would it be like to act as if we were already enlightened?
Following the theme of channeling our strong emotions into energy that can be used in our spiritual practice, Paranita will be exploring how we can direct the feeling of falling in love with another person towards cultivating deeper spiritual ideals and falling in love with those.
Magical practices are about invoking and focussing our powerful emotions to bring about our aims. In worldly magic there are worldly ends; in tantra, the same methods are employed to bring about spiritual results. Satyajyoti will explore how we can engage with the power of magic!