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.
Continuing with our Bodhisattva theme, our next FBA Dharmabyte this week is called “The Diamond Sutra as Zen Master.” Listen to Abhaya in an an intriguing discussion of the sutra as Vajrapani and as a zen master. From the talk“The Diamond Sutra”where Abhaya leads us on the crazy paving path through the profoundly paradoxical – a text guaranteed to turn your world upside-down. Some very funny parts to this talk – and some...
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte Vajrapani: The Power Aspect is an excerpt from “The Bodhisattva Hierarchy” by Sangharakshita. After a full explanation of the importance of being receptive to those more developed than ourselves, we are introduced to the ten stages (bhumis) of the Bodhisattva path and to the four principal types of Bodhisattva who embody this path. Here we meet: Vajrapani.
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Dakinis: Forces To Be Integrated,” is an excerpt from the previously unreleased talk from 1979 entitled simply “Padmasambhava” by Sangharakshita. In this short excerpt of the full talk, rather famously, given off-the-cuff at the London Buddhist Centre, Sangharakshita gives us a lively description of the dakini as a force to be integrated.