Saddhanandi says at the beginning of this talk that she’s concerned she won’t fully convey the depth of inspiration she feels about her theme, that of Tsongkhapa’s short text “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path - she shouldn’t have worried, she does it full justice.
Buddhism starts with the mind. Mind can be reactive, and stuck in it’s usual circles, or creative and free. Devamitra kicks off this series of lectures using Sangharakshita’s classic lecture, Mind Reactive and Creative, as the basis for an exploration of Enlightenment, the deepest of all human mysteries.
Prajnamati describes how a range of dharma practices can be seen as a finding of the point of freedom where a more creative option becomes apparent as an alternative to the more familiar reactive choices.
Dhammadinna shares from her personal history in chapters, small configurations of Order members meeting regularly as a form of Buddhist practice. Here she speaks about confession practice not being a formulaic act, but rather one that spontaneously and naturally arises on the basis of trust and confidence.
The first talk in Padmavajra’s wonderful series on the Dhammapada, the most popular of early Buddhist texts. All of the Buddha’s core teachings are here - held in heart and mind there’s more than enough in the Dhammapada to take us as far in our practice as we can imagine, and then on beyond…
Sangharakshita describes the process of moving from the psychological to the transcendental as represented by the eighth stage of the positive 12 nidanas - knowledge and vision of things as they really are.
Living ethically requires us to have imagination in how we treat others, and truly put ourselves in others’ shoes. Here, Sangharakshita discusses vertical imagination as seeing the world with the Divine Eye.
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.