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.
This FBA Podcast is called ‘The Buddha Beyond Siddhartha’ by Dassini. The first half of the talk looks at the Buddha’s early life and his battle with and the defeat of Mara. Then Dassini looks at the traditional Buddhist concept of time, and the division of time into Kalpas, inconceivably lengthy periods of time.
The talk concludes by looking at the Dharma niyama, the order of conditionality through which the attainment of Enlightenment is possible.
Sangharakshita reflects on William Blake’s concept of the “devouring” aspect of mind and how it relates to the chain of conditionality in today’s FBA Dharmabyte entitled ‘Blake’s Idea of the ‘Devouring’ Aspect of Mind’.
In the last session of the This Being retreat, Dhivan moves from the three marks of existence to the Middle Way and ends with Nibbana. The latter he beautifully translates as blowing out the flame of compulsion, hostility and confusion. He also addresses the issue of not-self. This is the last full day of the retreat and nearly the end of the uploads here from this retreat. I will hopefully post the This Being That Becomes round chant we have...
Yesterday afternoon Nayaka led a meditation on the spiral path. Most important fact is that it unfolds naturally. ie without wilfulness. In this recording Nayaka gently shows where there could be an opening to the spiral path in our experience.
This session started with the word joy on the flipchart. After that Dhivan asked us to name something that had come up for us with the retreat as condition. As we went round, it was very moving to hear how the retreat was supporting people to work with past and current situations and helping them to set up more conducive conditions for the future. In this sessioin Dhivan emphasised the natural unfolding of the different steps on the spiral...
Today we’re exploring the underlying tendencies that give shape to our experience. We’re also going into the psychology of conceptual and perceptual proliferation and are presented with a model that explains how exactly we become a proverbial ‘tangle of string covered in mould and matted like grass’.