In today’s FBA Dharmabyte entitled Words and Experience Ratnaghosha talks about Milarepa’s final exhortation from “The Shepherd’s Search for Mind”, which provides a complete path, effortlessly combining devotion and meditation. He sees how wrong were the fears and hopes of his own mind.
Without arrival, he reaches the place of Buddha; Without seeing, he visions the Dharmakaya; Without effort, he does all things naturally.
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called The Heart of the Puja from A Personal Take On the Sevenfold Puja by Amarapuspa. Amarapuspa discusses the Going For Refuge section of the puja, and the Refuges and Precepts, with examples from her own personal journey towards letting go into the puja. We hear the story of Dhaniya the Cattleman and the session finishes with a series of led reflections asking “can we be inspired by...
Our FBA Podcast this week is entitled The Sevenfold Puja: Worship by Maniraja. The Sevenfold Puja - drawn from the Bodhicaryavatara - is the main devotional ceremony of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
This talk is the second in the series on the Puja, given Manchester Buddhist Centre.
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a full description of The Sevenfold Puja. From the talk entitled Poetry and Devotion in Buddhism: the Sevenfold Puja by Sangarakshita. The central problem of spiritual life is the mobilisation of our emotional energies, so that what we know can be put into practice. Energies may be blocked, wasted or too coarse, and the Buddhist puja takes us through a series of devotional moods to help liberate them.
2.30am alarm is ringing! Why is my alarm going off at this time of the night!! Ah yes I remember. So I crawl out of bed stagger around and remember to pack matches and jam jar candles. Along with jars of popping corn, oats and soya milk. Some white flowers from the garden and a swan feather and a white peacock feather. I remember to pack the incense but later recall I didn’t pack any charcoal discs…
To mark the great festival of Buddha Day (Wesak), when we celebrate the Enlightenment and its opening up of the path that leads to the end of suffering, here’s a wonderful mythologically minded conversation with Sthanashraddha, self-confessed ritualist and all-round lover of beauty and of the Dharma as an aesthetic choice in itself.
Sthanashraddha’s considerable elegance of being and of mind comes through beautifully as we hear his magical tale of a dawn adventure to meet the goddess of the Malvern springs...
The central problem of spiritual life is the mobilisation of our emotional energies, so that what we know can be put into practice. Energies may be blocked, wasted or too coarse, and the Buddhist puja takes us through a series of devotional moods to help liberate them.
The Birmingham Buddhist Centre sangha, led by Vipulakirti, have recorded their own versions here. Musical notation and an article about how to approach mantras and their chanting will follow soon from him, but, at the bottom of this page, you’ll find a short explanation about the mantras and the musical “principles” behind them.
With many thanks to Vipulakirti and all the chanters!
These searches on The Buddhist Centre Online yield considerably updated resources:Chanting | Mantra