Lokeshvara in lovely form, as befits his subject, sharing some thoughts around the idea of friendship (specifically kalyana mitrata in the Buddhist tradition) as a full spiritual path in and of itself.
His five perspectives go easily beyond any cliches about the importance of friendship. What we get instead is a deeply felt and considered, always sympathetic and practical look at what it takes to transform ourselves by being a friend to others.
To locate the practice in the Triratna Buddhist Order he draws...
By viriyalila on Sat, 15 Feb, 2014 - 21:06We aim to express themes in our weekly FBA Podcasts and twice-weekly Dharmabytes. This month we’ve moved from the depths of consciousness, to reflections on Bhante as friend, from the Bodhicitta, to the Karyaniya Metta Sutta and the power of love. This theme may not be obvious to most, but for our podcast compiler, Viriyalila, this progression is all about faith, perhaps more personal than most of our themes, but a theme none the less. ...
In our first FBA Dharmabyte this week we hear from our founder and teacher, Sangharakshita as he describes his being “A Friend to the Order.” It’s 1990 and Bhante is making good his intention to follow up ‘The History of My Going For Refuge’ with another lecture looking at his relation to the rest of the Order titled “My Relation to the Order”.
The Triratna Buddhist Community is open to all those who wish to practise Buddhism.
Most people encounter Triratna through a meditation or Buddhism class at a Triratna centre. Everyone who has contact with Triratna is considered a friend. However someone who wants to make a particular connection with our community and see their Buddhist practice in that context can ask to become a ‘Mitra’ (which simply means ‘friend’ in Sanskrit).