The Avalokiteshvara mantra featured during the Saturday night puja at the Big One 2019. Earlier in the day Moksatara reminded us in her talk on the theme of ‘Blueprint for A New Society’ of the importance of sangha, and how we can all become hands or arms of the thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha… communication with others and their help, and the inspiration of Sangha.
This interview was recorded in 2012.
In 1968 I was not born. My parents were working in London on Vogue magazine where my father was feature’s editor and my mother worked in fashion. Apparently my father was so shy to ask my mother out that he went into her office, an office of only...
This FBA Podcast is a talk by Mahamati entitled ‘Actualizing the 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara’. The third of four talks given on the Padmaloka May National Order weekend, Mahamati talks on actualizing the myth of the Order- symbolised in the 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara.
How do we have a creative response to suffering, without either getting overwhelmed or turning away? ThisFBA Dharmabyte, ‘Embodying Compassion in the World’, illustrates the keep kindness of the Buddha with the story of Kisagotami.
In this talk, given on a work retreat at Taraloka, Maitrisiddhi describes the Bodhisattva Ideal with the myth of Avalokitesvara. She explores the crucial interrelationship between keeping our own personal practice and inspiration at our hearts and...
Day 5 saw us exploring the topic of gender diversity - who walks past our doors and how can we open up our Buddhist Centres to everyone? Dassini from Scotland is joined by Prajnasahaya from Germany and Prajnaketu from England to recap the day for us.
It’s worth noting up front that the Indian and Spanish Order members scheduled to appear in this video were unexpectedly unable to take part, so the very small panel isn’t itself diverse in terms of inclusion...
A Sangha, or spiritual community, needs committed individuals practicing the Dharma in the context of their own particular lives in order to exist. The central myth of the Triratna Buddhist Order is the figure of the 1,000 armed Avalokiteshvara: the idea being that each...
An exploration in imagination and Sangha-building. Taking images of the 42 ‘major’ hands or emblems of Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin participants explore both the great variety of Bodhisattva activity and how they might themselves contribute to it.
Exploring the variety of enlightened activities
Introducing GuanYin / Avalokitesvara
Sangha-building, getting to know each others’ personal interests and strengths
Playful exploration and gaining of commitment to contribute to the mandala
Contextualize Avalokitesvara / GuanYin in the White Lotus Sutra