What is it to have a Big Future, how do prevailing cultural values influence us and our engagement with the Dharma? One answer is to engage as wholeheartedly as we are able to with building Sangha and sharing our lives with others. If we are less self preoccupied and more concerned about others we will find personal happiness and be a force for good in the world.
What’s in it for me? Our natural human tendency is to take, to grasp, to cling. If you can give though, there is hope, spiritually speaking. Generosity is an attitude of heart and of mind, an attitude of one’s whole being.
Sangharakshita describes the altruistic aspect of the Bodhisattva and the reconciliation of the apparent antithesis between the interests of others and of self by practising the first two of the six Perfections: dana (giving) and shila (ethics or ‘uprightness’).
Bodhisattvas work tirelessly and heroically to create a Buddhafield for the benefit of all beings. Padmavajra explores the opening verses of the Dhammapada and their far reaching implications including how we create not only our own happiness or suffering through our actions, but also how we create worlds, worlds of suffering or worlds conducive to human growth and even freedom.
Saddharaja explores self-sacrifice as a component of the Bodhisattva Ideal introduces Chapter 18 The Chapter on the Tigress. He goes on to explore compassion and altruism, and how we can develop these by letting go of attachment and hatred, and thereby gaining true freedom.
The third of four talks given during the Open Retreat at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in October 2019.
In the full talk entitled The Great Way, Ratnaprabha tells the Zen story of the maiden in the mud, explains the attitude of the Mahayana, the Bodhisattva, altruism and how Mahayana is not a school of Buddhism. He finishes with the grand vision of Vairocana’s tower from the Gandavyuha Sutra.