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.
Drawing on her experience as a poet, Varasahaya discusses creativity, imagination, and the writing process as a spiritual practice. She reads some of her poems, and explains the process by which they came to birth, and what she learnt about letting go of self as she grappled with writing. Excerpted from the talk Writing As Spiritual Practice given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2017.
Love, compassion and wisdom are sewn into the fabric of existence. When these qualities arise in our own experience, can we recognise them, trust them, and allow them to transform us? And when do we dismiss them, or cling to them unhelpfully? From the talk Touching the Transcendent by Maitrisiddhi given on the June Women’s Area Order Weekend held at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2022.
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...
Yashobodhi talks about the relationship between thinking and insight. As long as we have a brain, we will have thoughts. Some of these thoughts are helpful. Some not so much. Becoming aware of thoughts is a good start. Whatever next?
This is a quietly passionate talk by Jinapriya on the quicksilver nature of the Enlightenment experience - impossible to pin down, utterly transformative. His main theme within the frame of such a big question - ‘What is Enlightenment?’ - is the struggle to live our lives in the present moment, especially in the face of pain. We are met with a thoughtful series of reflections, stories and images that all look to open up the gates of...
On this retreat Vessantara will guide us through practices that will penetrate to the the wisdom at the heart of this text. Through symbols and imagery we will bring about a mystic marriage of insight and imagination.
So, how do you practise a Mahayana sutra? Can you take it deep into your being, so that it’s vision affects your whole life?
At times in the spiritual life we may need considerable energy to overcome obstacles, such as negative emotions, psychological conditionings, rational thinking, and even the sense of ‘time’ itself. How, when, and where can we break through?
Vijayamala addresses the 2022 UK&IE Triratna Buddhist Order convention, exploring what breaking through and seeing the nature of reality means for us as an Order. The Buddha went forth to seek an end to suffering, to go beyond what binds us to the samsaric world. The theme of this event also encompasses ‘going beyond’ and the ways in which we are approaching that as an Order.