Munisha gave this Buddha Day talk to the Swedish sangha, via Zoom, in May 2020, in the early months of the Covid 19 pandemic. The talk is in English with occasional brief translation of terms into Swedish. Excerpted from the talk entitled Becoming Noble, for Stockholm Buddhist Centre, 2020.
This is a great introduction to the basic Buddhist methods of working with doubts based on unhelpful confusion, in meditation and in general practice. Padmadaka explores the relationship between doubt and suffering, and highlights the ways in which we can have and hold our genuine questionings, while working through the habits and tendencies that can hold us back in...
Padmadhara reflects on the importance of gratitude in the spiritual life, providing some of his own reasons for being grateful, as well as drawing inspiration from another Song of Milarepa on the theme. As the talk starts, Padmadhara lists teachers and friends of his to whom he is grateful.
Excerpted from the talk Milarepa - Gratitude and Dukkha - The First Noble Truth...
With inspiring candour, Devamitra speaks from his own experience on the importance of valuing and facing our adversities (duhkha), explaining how that naturally leads into faith, and into the joy of gratitude. He also briefly introduces his new book on his experience as a cross-dressing Buddhist. Excerpted from the talk From Adversity to Gratitude and Beyond given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2016.
Nagabodhi speaks about the process of developing awareness throughout the day and how this relates to vedanā – or hedonic tone. He explores how if we can notice the raw experience and whether it’s pleasant, unpleasant or neutral, then we have freedom not to act in the usual habitual ways.
Life is a delightful, complex, messy business. How do you respond to the existential human predicament? Do you wonder how best to balance your spiritual longings while honouring our ordinary human life? Here, Manjunaga offers reflections on the tendency to skip over the messy bits of ourselves (aka spiritual bypassing) as occupational hazard in the spiritual life.