Tag: Bodhisattva Ideal

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
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Watch the First 10 Minute Talk in Padmavajra's New Series, 'A Garland of Red Lotus Flowers'

By Prajnahridaya on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 12:24

Watch the First 10 Minute Talk in Padmavajra's New Series, 'A Garland of Red Lotus Flowers'

By Prajnahridaya on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 12:24

So that you can get a taste of Padmavajra’s series of 50 short videos released over the coming 108 days, the first video is now available for everyone to watch.

Click here to learn more and subscribe to the entire series: https://bit.ly/RedLotusGarland

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

By Satyakirti on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51

The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

By Satyakirti on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51


“What is so special about me?” - Shantideva’s Perfection of Meditation

In the penultimate talk in his series devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter eight, the Perfection of Meditation (dhyana paramita). In this chapter, Shantideva tells us that in order to go deeply into meditation, we need to go into the solitude of body and mind, renouncing all worldly attachments and the usual way in which we relate to others. Having doing that, he shows how to develop an...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

“Like someone hankering for the pleasure and fruit of love-play”

Padmavajra’s seventh talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicarayvatara is an exploration of chapter seven, the Perfection of Vigour (virya paramita). In this chapter Shantideva, makes it very clear that without virya there is no Enlightenment. He tells us what virya is, as well as what opposes virya, which include, sloth, laziness and self-contempt. He explains that virya is developed through the application of six powers: desire; pride; delight; letting go; dedication; and self-mastery. “Having...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

A Bodhisattva's Mindfulness - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5

By Satyakirti on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 15:11

A Bodhisattva's Mindfulness - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 5

By Satyakirti on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 15:11

‘One should speak confident, measured words, clear in meaning, delighting the mind, pleasing to the ear, soft and slow, and stemming from love’

In his fifth talk devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter five ‘The Guarding of Total Awareness’. In this chapter Shantideva makes vividly clear the importance of mindfulness and awareness of purpose in the Bodhisattvas life. Shantideva tells us about the centrality and power of the mind and the need for scrupulous attention to every detail of our lives.

His discussion...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 2: Giving Ourselves Completely to the Buddhas

By Satyakirti on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 14:57

Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 2: Giving Ourselves Completely to the Buddhas

By Satyakirti on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 14:57

“And I give myself to the Conquerors completely, and to their sons. Take possession of me Sublime Beings. In devotion I become your servant”.

In his second talk on the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra tells us how Shantideva takes to heart, ever more firmly, the Bodhicitta, through his lavish performance of puja and a searing confession of faults. The talk was given in the shrine room on the weekly Padmaloka day retreat. It was given in honour of the anniversary of Sangharakshita’s founding of...

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Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Bodhicitta - The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation

By Satyakirti on Sat, 4 Apr, 2020 - 12:13

Bodhicitta - The Highly Potent Elixir of Transformation

By Satyakirti on Sat, 4 Apr, 2020 - 12:13

“Taking this image of the human form the Bodhicitta transmutes it into the priceless image of the Jewel of the Conqueror. Grasp tightly this highly potent elixir, known as the Bodhicitta, which must be thoroughly worked.”

In his first talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, given on a day retreat to the Padmaloka community, Padmavajra speaks of Sangharakshita’s evocation of the Bodhicitta. He goes on to talk about his discovery of the Bodhicarayavatara and what is known of the life of Shantideva. The main...

Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

Last but not least! How to become trainee bodhisattva, by Khemasuri

By mokshini on Sat, 25 Jun, 2016 - 20:39

Last but not least! How to become trainee bodhisattva, by Khemasuri

By mokshini on Sat, 25 Jun, 2016 - 20:39

For Buddhist Action Month 2016 we asked our friends from around the world to say what the Bodhisattva Ideal means to them…

Here’s Khemasuri, who suggests to the extent we practise the dharma we are all trainee bodhisattvas, and as part of that we’ll ’remember that all our actions have consequences and that we can always be agents for positive change”. In her talk she explores how we can be be positive agents for changing the world - she has some good quotes from Sangharakshita too,...

Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

Vidyamala: On Building Bridges To Buddhism In The World

By mokshini on Tue, 21 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

Vidyamala: On Building Bridges To Buddhism In The World

By mokshini on Tue, 21 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

For Buddhist Action Month 2016 we asked our friends from around the world to say what the Bodhisattva Ideal means to them…

Vidyamala is the inspirational founder of the Breathworks movement, introducing deep mindfulness practice for those suffering from chronic pain and stress. Here she explores how innovative approaches can revitalise the Dharma as traditional Buddhism finds its place in a world that desperately needs its message of wisdom and compassion.

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Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

Dayasara: On Buddhist Care Projects

By mokshini on Mon, 20 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

Dayasara: On Buddhist Care Projects

By mokshini on Mon, 20 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

For Buddhist Action Month 2016 we asked our friends from around the world to say what the Bodhisattva Ideal means to them…

Dayasara’s talk at his local Buddhist Centre evokes the case of a friend in need of the support of his community. It’s a great way to introduce the idea of more formal Buddhist care projects as part of the fabric of our idea of Buddhist sangha - and an active, practical, everyday way to practise the Bodhisattva Path.

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Buddhist Action Month 2016
Buddhist Action Month 2016

Amalaketu: 10 Steps To Sustainability

By mokshini on Sun, 19 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

Amalaketu: 10 Steps To Sustainability

By mokshini on Sun, 19 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

For Buddhist Action Month 2016 we asked our friends from around the world to say what the Bodhisattva Ideal means to them…

Amalaketu is spearheading a great drive to see all Triratna Buddhist Centres in the UK become sustainable spaces. Here’s his easy-to-implement 10-step guide to making it happen… What are you waiting for? :)

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