By keeping our heart open, we communicate our values to all beings, offering an opportunity to break down polarisation in our world. Parami reminds us that a bodhisattva creates the conditions where all beings can see through the causes of conditions and therefore create the conditions for future happiness.
All the Buddha’s teachings flow from his greatest discovery, the law of conditionality, sometimes described as ‘dependent origination’. The Four Noble Truths, the Wheel of Life, the Middle-way, Nirvana and the law of karma all follow from this central principle.
Over the six weeks of the course we will delve into the ramifications of dependent origination in order to penetrate this teaching that is ‘profound, hard to understand, peaceful and sublime’. We will explore how it can point the way towards ending...
This striking image has many depths and hidden secrets. Do our present conscious actions build our future? An ambitious but brief look at the eight distinct aspects of consciousness to point towards an understanding of the Buddhist perspective on karma as this is depicted as driving this whole wheel of becoming. Be the Revolution course on the Wheel of Life with Bhadra. Week 2/6.
Dhammaratiilluminates the process of conditionality that is put in motion when engaged in Anapanasati meditation. Here he is introducing the fourth tetrad focusing on the first instruction of contemplating impermanence.
Padmasagara explores the glimpses of the Buddha’s liberating vision found in the Ariyapariyesana sutta, focussing on the Buddha’s description of Reality in terms of pratitya samutpada (conditionality) and his response to Brahma Sahampati’s request to teach the Dhamma. The talk also explores how we can begin to realise this vision for ourselves by responding to the Buddha’s exhortation: ‘let those who have ears release their faith’.
In this talk, Moksatara explores what karma really means and how we can work with this law of the universe to leave behind the ‘snakes and ladders’ game of repetitive ups and downs, moving instead on a liberating path of growth. By understanding the importance of conditionality and ethics, we can take charge of our lives and move in the direction we want to go.
“Everything arises in dependence on conditions”. Even if you are relatively new to Buddhism you might be familiar with this concept (often summarised as ‘conditionality’) and even if you are not, it makes sense, in the way that the law of gravity makes sense. But do we live as if we believed that everything arises in dependence on conditions? Or do we secretly believe that if we can sort out the world around us, fix it somehow, nothing bad will...
Viveka explores the theme of racism from the perspective of the Dharma and what the Buddha had to say about complex conditionality. A timely look at understanding - and ultimately undoing - the patterns that lead to prejudice and bias, of all kinds.
Specifically, this talk investigates:
- Opening to the inter-personal, organizational, and societal conditioning that perpetuates racial bias.
This FBA Dharmabyte is another excerpt from a 1968 talk by Sangharakshita called ‘Why does the Dharma exist?’. Dharma is the experience of reality, and also the expression of that experience in the form of the Buddha’s teaching, especially the law of conditionality. It is the raft that carries you to Enlightenment, the further shore; it is whatever helps you to develop spiritually.
Paramabandhu explores in great breadth and depth the profound and central teaching of the Buddha: conditionality.
Drawing especially on incidents from the lives of the Buddha and his disciples in the Pali Canon, he highlights seven points that we should be particularly aware of when looking to understand this important teaching.
Talk given in the Dublin Buddhist Centre on Friday 17th May 2018.