Nagapriya explores the emergence of the Bodhisattva Ideal in the Mahayana tradition by discussing the historical context in which this basic concept developed, its ties to early Buddhist texts, and what the bodhisattva’s life entails, on both the mundane and cosmic levels.
Taking inspiration from Sangharakshita’s 1995 book Transforming Self and World: Themes from the Sutra of Golden Light, Maitrisara reflects on how we approach the challenges of the world in a skilful way and with a Buddhist perspective. Excerpted from the talk Transforming Self and World given at Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 2023.
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There’s an inherent contradiction if you’re striving for insight in terms of seeing through the illusion of a permanent self. Dharmapriya shares a seminar quote from Sangharakshita about the philosophical underpinnings of the Bodhisattva Ideal in Triratna and the necessity of compassion in the quest for Enlightenment.
This is an exploration by Saddhaloka of the distinguishing role of Sangha, spiritual community, in the development and life of the Western Buddhist Order, and, in fact, in any kind of Buddhist spiritual life. Saddhaloka here is steady and thoughtful as ever…
Dharmadipa shares reflections on the third part of Dhardo Rimpoche’s Motto ‘Radiate Love’. Beginning with the significance of the Metta Bhavana meditation practice, he explores the Bodhisattva Ideal, connecting teachings from the “Mind Training” tradition with Shunyata and the Mahayana Sutras. Finally Dharmadipa explores how the three parts of the Motto hang together and support each other.
How do you become a Bodhisattva? Upon the Awakening of the Bodhi Heart (Bodhichitt-otpada). In this lecture Sangharakshita defines the Bodhichitta, differentiating here between individual will and the cosmic will to enlightenment that transcends individuals.
How do you become a Bodhisattva? Upon the Awakening of the Bodhi Heart (Bodhichitt-otpada). In this lecture Sangharakshita defines the Bodhichitta, and describes how one can prepare for its arising through the observance of Shantideva’s Supreme Worship and Vasubhandu’s Four Factors. Talk given in 1969 as part of the series entitled: Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal
The Bodhicaryavatara is an 8th century text written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk from the monastic ‘university’ at Nalanda, India. Dhammadinna offers a few thoughts on the Perfection of Patience, differentiating between types of anger and noting that Shantideva is referring to the sort of anger that is retaliatory and unskilful.
Padmavajra shares a story of meeting on the basis of Bodhicitta arising between people. He tells us how Shantideva takes to heart, ever more firmly, the Bodhicitta, through his lavish performance of puja and a searing confession of faults.