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The Bodhicaryavatara: Three Personal Talks

Wed, 4 Sep, 2019 - 00:00
Hear from Peter, Prajnasri and Amalasiddhi about their personal favourite verses from the Bodhicaryavatara. Peter talks about bringing patience to bear on his experience of the world, transforming ill-will into energy for the good. Prajnasri shares her experience of facing intense anger and blame using ksanti. Amalasiddhi tells of his connection with the myth of Avalokitesvara and how surrendering into something bigger has been his path to growth. Part 7 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. The condensed Bodhicaryavatara is available on the Sangha Night section of the website at the time this talk was uploaded. Are there any verses which stand out for you? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 03.09.19
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Make Your Own Sandals

Wed, 28 Aug, 2019 - 00:00
Satyajyoti gives a talk on Ksanti, the patient forbearance that is the true antidote to anger and ill-will. She shares Santideva's advice on learning to endure pain and discomfort so we can respond with an attitude of love in difficult circumstances. Exploring common causes of anger and resentment, Satyajyoti also shares her own experience of working with these states and developing ksanti. We don't need to cover the whole earth in leather; like sandals that protect our soles, by practicing ksanti we can meet situations with patience and kindness everywhere we go. Part 6 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Points for reflection and discussion: How could practicing ksanti bring more joy to a particular situation in your life? Can hatred ever pacify hatred, or is it true that only love brings peace? Read chapter 6 'Ksanti' 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 27.08.19
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Using Your Head

Wed, 21 Aug, 2019 - 00:00
To succeed at anything, we need to think; to go about it in a way that's actually going to work. Vadanya examines different metaphors that help us to bring our reasoning and wisdom into action to make spiritual progress. He highlights the importance of creating the right conditions to grow and flourish, particularly the importance of spiritual friendship. Part 5 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Points for reflection and discussion: Do you believe that the whole of the spiritual life grows with a foundation of spiritual friendship? What could you do this week in order to connect more with other people on the spiritual path? Is there a difference between listening to a talk online and being there at sangha night? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 20.08.19
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Staying In Touch

Wed, 14 Aug, 2019 - 00:00
The third step in bringing about the goal of Enlightenment is remembering: recalling our desire and decision to do what is needed. Bodhinaga talks about three qualities of mindfulness and highlights the central importance of the mind in Buddhism. Using metaphors from the Bodhicaryavatara, he draws out how mindfulness can transform our lives, both as a defence against negative, reactive patterns and in actively developing the heart and mind of a Bodhisattva, 'one who cares more for others than they care for themselves'. Part 4 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Read chapter 5 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. Points for reflection and discussion: Is there a situation in which it would be good for you to 'act like a block of wood' this week? What is your experience of the mindfulness of breathing meditation? What are the benefits of mindfulness in your life? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 13.08.19
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Stirring the Depths

Fri, 9 Aug, 2019 - 00:00
Maitrivasin talks about awakening deep powerful energies that move us along the path to freedom. By engaging warrior energy to tackle the doubt or distractions of habitual ways we bring all of our volition on the side of positive growth and progress towards Enlightenment. Part 3 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series based on the Bodhicaryavatara. Read chapter 4 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 06.08.19
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Making Our Mind Up

Wed, 31 Jul, 2019 - 00:00
The second step in bringing about the goal of Enlightenment is to firmly decide to do what is needed in order to achieve it. Moksatara draws out how making a commitment can support our spiritual life. She explores how the sevenfold puja can contact our highest values, leading to firm decisions which begin the path to freedom. Part 2 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Points for reflection and discussion: Do you resonate with the sevenfold puja? What decisions could you make this week to create conditions for achieving your goal? Read chapters 2 and 3 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 30.07.19
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The Power of Desire

Wed, 24 Jul, 2019 - 00:00
Vadanya begins the new theme with a talk on desire: how to really want to move towards Enlightenment. He introduces the Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva's legendary text on the guide to the path of awakening, which forms the basis for this series of talks. What attitudes must we develop if we are to begin on this path? By starting with desire and cultivating the five viniyatas (object-determining mental states) we can achieve any goal we choose. Part 1 in the 'Path to Awakening' Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Points for reflection and discussion: How does it feel to reflect on your future, wiser self? How good would it be to become like this? What immediate goal do you want to achieve, spiritually or otherwise? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 23.07.19
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Three Personal Talks: Realms of the Wheel

Wed, 5 Feb, 2020 - 00:00
The wheel of life shows the six realms corresponding to six kinds of mental states that can result from our actions. How can we recognise these states in everyday life and what can we do to live with a more fully human life? In this talk Satyajyoti, Pete and Dharmamayi share their personal experiences of three of these realms. Satyajyoti talks about the realm of the titans and her transformation of competitiveness into appreciation; Pete recalls his experience of the realm of hungry ghosts and some suggestions of how to navigate out of this desert landscape. Dharmamayi gives vivid expression to life in the hell realm and shares her personal antidotes to this state of intense mental distress. 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. Questions for reflection and discussion: If you wanted to leave the asura realm, which wisdom would appeal to your desire for perfection? Is there a particular Buddhist text that you value and respect? Which antidotes work best for you if you have entered the hell realm? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 4.2.20
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Animals, Humans and Heavenly Beings

Wed, 29 Jan, 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, Pradaya completes the tour of the third ring of the wheel of life, the six realms of worldly existence which depict the kinds of world we can live in according to our state of mind. His talk focuses on the worlds of animals, gods and humans, informing us on how to recognise which realm we're in and how to create opportunities for growth. The human realm is unique in being a doorway through which one may leave the endless cycles of the wheel and step onto the spiral path, the upward path of spiritual development which leads all the way to the boundless freedom and bliss of Enlightenment. In the words of Sangharakshita, 'our first task in the spiritual life is to become a happy, healthy human being'. 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. Questions for reflection and discussion: How much of your life is spent dwelling on the fulfilment of your basic needs? What helps you to be a happy, healthy human? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 28.1.20
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Big Egos, Addicts and Beings In Pain

Wed, 22 Jan, 2020 - 00:00
The third layer of the wheel of life depicts the six realms of worldly existence: the kinds of world we can live in according to our state of mind. Building on the fundamental truth of karma - the fact that actions have consequences - the six realms show how our experience of life, the world and other people is shaped in dependence upon the mental states that result from how we act. In this talk, Bodhinaga gives us a tour of three of these realms, helping us to recognise when we're in them and what the Buddha offers as a way to uplift our mental states and leave these worldly realms. The traditional language of the titan realm, the hungry ghosts and the hell realm could be translated in today's words as 'big egos, addicts and beings in pain'. By understanding which realm we tend to inhabit, we can choose the best path to overcome our habitual mental states and move towards a world where we can be healthy, happy and make spiritual progress. 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. Questions for reflection and discussion: Which of these three realms do you spend most time in? What is it that really nourishes you? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 21.1.20