With his usual warmth, clarity and good humour, Prajnaketu explores the mental events of hatred and love with great detail and personal reflections.
“Not by hatred are hatreds ever pacified in the world, by love are they pacified, this is the eternal law.” ~ Dhammapada
In the presence of suffering or pain, our sense of self is often diminished as we come to realize our efforts to control our experience to avoid pain don’t work. On the contrary, wishing ourselves and others well...
Bodhisattvas work tirelessly and heroically to create a Buddhafield for the benefit of all beings. Padmavajra explores the opening verses of the Dhammapada and their far reaching implications including how we create not only our own happiness or suffering through our actions, but also how we create worlds, worlds of suffering or worlds conducive to human growth and even freedom.
Padmavajra calls on the radical early teaching of the Buddha to activate love as skillful and wise response to those we perceive as causing us harm.
The second talk in Padmavjara’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…
Nirvana is described as great bliss, that arises when grasping at self and other has vanished. A stream of uninterrupted creative activity, the Buddha is the supreme example of this. Here Padmavajra offers a deep dive into the Dhammapada, verses 277-279, on impermanence, dukkha and insubstantiality.
Singhamati invites us to put on Dharma tinted glasses as she explores the very famous summary of the Buddha’s Teaching, found in verse 183 of the Dhammapada, and draws on Sangharakshita’s wisdom as found in the Dhammapada seminars from the 1980’s. It’s a simple, clear teaching offering us the possibility of taking it to heart, living from a more Dharmic perspective with less suffering and greater freedom!
By Suchandra on Tue, 24 Feb, 2015 - 14:30Before every talk Dhammachari Subhuti and Dh. Maitriveer Nagarjun reading out Verse 153 and 154 from Dhammapada, Jara Vagga. Verse 153 Anekajatisamaram Sandhavissam anibbisam dukkha jati punapunam Many a birth have I undergone in this (process of) faring on (in the round of conditioned existence), seeking the builder of the house and not finding him. Painful is (such) repeated birth: Verse 154 Gahakaraka ! ditthos’ si, punageham na kahasi, Sabba te phasuka bhagga, gahakutam visankhitam, visankharagatam cittam, tanhanam khayamajjhaga O house-builder,...
In the second of our puja evenings Vidyatara led a Dhammapada Puja with a two part Shakyamuni mantra and the Indian Shakyamuni mantra. Here they are, along with the shrine salutation and the Refuges and Precepts.
By Candradasa on Wed, 26 Feb, 2014 - 16:52The first of two videos today, each taking a different experimental path to exploring the life and teachings of the Buddha and why they are relevant to us today.