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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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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
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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
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The Tumble Dryer of Karma

Wed, 15 Jan, 2020 - 00:00
Up and Down, Round and Round... The Tumble Dryer of Karma. The second ring of the Buddhist wheel of life shows beings moving up then down, rising in light then descending around in darkness, and describes the law of karma. Karma, literally 'action', means that actions influence whether we experience happiness or suffering as well as determining the kind of person who we become. In this talk, Moksatara explores what karma really means and how we can work with this law of the universe to leave behind the 'snakes and ladders' game of repetitive ups and downs, moving instead on a liberating path of growth. By understanding the importance of conditionality and ethics, we can take charge of our lives and move in the direction we want to go. 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 could you act to strengthen the stands of personality that you want to grow? How have your actions lead to positive or negative consequences this week? Do you feel happier and more connected when you act in line with the precepts? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 14.1.20
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The Tumble Dryer of Karma

Wed, 15 Jan, 2020 - 00:00
Up and Down, Round and Round... The Tumble Dryer of Karma. The second ring of the Buddhist wheel of life shows beings moving up then down, rising in light then descending around in darkness, and describes the law of karma. Karma, literally 'action', means that actions influence whether we experience happiness or suffering as well as determining the kind of person who we become. In this talk, Moksatara explores what karma really means and how we can work with this law of the universe to leave behind the 'snakes and ladders' game of repetitive ups and downs, moving instead on a liberating path of growth. By understanding the importance of conditionality and ethics, we can take charge of our lives and move in the direction we want to go. 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 could you act to strengthen the stands of personality that you want to grow? How have your actions lead to positive or negative consequences this week? Do you feel happier and more connected when you act in line with the precepts? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 14.1.20
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The Wheel, The Spiral and The Goal

Wed, 8 Jan, 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 first talk is an introduction to the theme from Vadanya, focussing on the wheel. He explores the symbolism of each of the four concentric rings which make up this rich representation of samsara, the never-ending repetition of habitual patterns in which it feels our life is lived for us. The scenes described within the wheel help us to recognise the states of mind we inhabit and offer guidance towards healthier realms from which we can make real progress. Ultimately the aim is not to conquer the world but to go beyond it altogether, escaping the wheel and enter upon the spiral path, the threefold path of ethics, meditation and wisdom. Questions for reflection and discussion: Have you weakened an unhelpful cycle in your life since coming to the Buddhist Centre? Which realms do you often inhabit and what helps you to become more human? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 7.1.20
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The Wheel, The Spiral and The Goal

Wed, 8 Jan, 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 first talk is an introduction to the theme from Vadanya, focussing on the wheel. He explores the symbolism of each of the four concentric rings which make up this rich representation of samsara, the never-ending repetition of habitual patterns in which it feels our life is lived for us. The scenes described within the wheel help us to recognise the states of mind we inhabit and offer guidance towards healthier realms from which we can make real progress. Ultimately the aim is not to conquer the world but to go beyond it altogether, escaping the wheel and enter upon the spiral path, the threefold path of ethics, meditation and wisdom. Questions for reflection and discussion: Have you weakened an unhelpful cycle in your life since coming to the Buddhist Centre? Which realms do you often inhabit and what helps you to become more human? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 7.1.20
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Tantric Scrooge

Wed, 18 Dec, 2019 - 00:00
With his cold personality, cynical speech and rationalist mind set, Scrooge is an unattractive and decidedly miserable character. Yet perhaps he isn't so unusual in these aspects - perhaps we are more like Scrooge than we would like to think! Fortunately, Vadanya's Vajrayana version of 'A Christmas Carol' has plenty of hidden tantric teaching and offers hope for even the most miserly 'bah humbug' character of all. Vadanya shows us how Scrooge carries his hard demeanour as a shell to protect against emotional pain from the past, until one Christmas when his inner Tantric guru can bear the spiritual stagnation no longer, and makes him leave this self-made prison behind. Through the shocking action of three ghosts, Scrooge encounters the Four Reminders and traverses the Five Aspects of the Dharma Life before being spiritually reborn as a happy man. Questions for reflection and discussion: Are there reasons for the ways in which you might be like Scrooge? Have you ever met your inner Tantric guru or noticed your daemon at work? Do you listen to your daemon? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 17.12.19
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Tantric Scrooge

Wed, 18 Dec, 2019 - 00:00
With his cold personality, cynical speech and rationalist mind set, Scrooge is an unattractive and decidedly miserable character. Yet perhaps he isn't so unusual in these aspects - perhaps we are more like Scrooge than we would like to think! Fortunately, Vadanya's Vajrayana version of 'A Christmas Carol' has plenty of hidden tantric teaching and offers hope for even the most miserly 'bah humbug' character of all. Vadanya shows us how Scrooge carries his hard demeanour as a shell to protect against emotional pain from the past, until one Christmas when his inner Tantric guru can bear the spiritual stagnation no longer, and makes him leave this self-made prison behind. Through the shocking action of three ghosts, Scrooge encounters the Four Reminders and traverses the Five Aspects of the Dharma Life before being spiritually reborn as a happy man. Questions for reflection and discussion: Are there reasons for the ways in which you might be like Scrooge? Have you ever met your inner Tantric guru or noticed your daemon at work? Do you listen to your daemon? Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 17.12.19