Here Suryaka offers reflections on the third verse of Triratna’s Sevenfold Puja, Salutation, by exploring the range of possible responses we can have to Buddhism, from contentment with worldly life, to intellectual agreement with Buddhism, or to the wholesale devotion exemplified by Shantideva. This is the third talk in a series at the Manchester Buddhist Centre on the Sevenfold Puja, 2010.
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Devotion and prayer, ritual and freedom, engagement and tradition, Bodhidasa explores the fascinating meanings behind our common traditions in modern Buddhism - from tea and tim-tams to puja, chanting and offering. Sourcing the Pali canon, Bodhidasa discusses the Three Fetters, and the pitfalls of superficiality, habit and vagueness that can hinder our progress on the path. How do we relate to blessing and purity in the spiritual life? Through a sense of reverence and engagement with symbol,...
Samantabhadri explores what it was like to meet the Buddha, the fully Enlightened human being. She then discusses ‘garava’ as devotion for the whole richness of our Dharma Lives, including positive emotions for all beings.
Saccanama explores shraddha, often translated as ‘faith’, as the emotional counterpoint of wisdom. It’s not a foundation for insight to arise, but rather it’s the equivalent of perceptual, cognitive insight experienced through reverence, worship and devotion.
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Here Sangharakshita explores how Buddhism, being the most rational of religions, appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so. Examples are four ‘myths’ from the Buddha’s biography, here correlated with four of Jung’s archetypes.
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.