Ratnavandana offers a personal sharing of her reflections on a six month solitary retreat where she was focussing on the Heart Sutra.
With Avalokitesvara as her guide, she was hoping to deepen her understanding of the emptiness of the five skandhas as well as exploring how to bring all the ordinary everyday activities of life into the realm of the sacred.
This excerpt includes a reading evocation on the Five Buddha Mandala.
Avalokitesvara plays a key role in the Heart Sutra. In our FBA Dharmabyte today, “Avalokitesvara in the Heart Sutra,” Taranita charts the history and symbolism of this archetypal figure across Buddhist history and cultures.
Our FBA Dharmabyte today is a short talk by Taranita entitled: “The Heart Sutra – Sunyata.” Sunyata is central to the Heart Sutra, and here Taranita discusses this subtle Buddhist teaching – often translated as Emptiness or Voidness. In doing so, amongst other things, he compares Christian transubstantiation with Buddhist insubstantiality.