As soon as we bring awareness to our mind states they change. Vidyamala speaks to the importance of allowing for growth and integration in our practice. She speaks of the twin pillars of awareness and love and how mindfulness can lead to a deeper and deeper sense of connection with all of life and how kindness is a natural expression of that.
When the whole of oneself is present, something new comes into play - we become more than the sum of our parts. Here we have Ratnaguna describing the stages of integration and positive emotion in the Triratna system of practice.
We can find mandalas everywhere – in the East, in the West, in art, literature, even in dreams. Mandalas represent a resolution, or the beginnings of a resolution, of a conflict between the conscious and the unconscious.
Sangharakshita explores the symbolism of the mandala, circles of symbolic forms, found in the The Tantras (special scriptures of Vajrayana Buddhism) as a symbol of psychological and spiritual integration.
We often get ideas about the symbolism of the vajra as being tight and wilful. The language of determination can do that!
Jvalamalini looks at the importance of clarity of purpose for simplicity and meaning in life, and the powerful symbol of the vajra. This diamond-thunderbolt symbol is really more about integration then it is about powering through obstacles regardless of what the rest of our being is up to.
In this talk, exploring The Journey and the Guide, Vajragupta leads us through creating a personal mandala so that we can discover the shape of our lives. He discusses how to use a mandala to shine a light on changes we may wish to make in our day to day conditions. If you want to engage fully with this talk you will need a pencil and paper!
In this FBA Dharmabyte, ‘Enlightenment as a Real Possibility’, Ratnaguna describes the process of transformation in the context of the Five Aspects of the Spiritual Path - integration, positive emotion, spiritual receptivity, spiritual death, and spiritual rebirth.
I recently interviewed Dhammarati about an emerging project about the system of training in Triratna. It goes by the name of Sikkha (with a long a), which is a Pali word meaning ‘spiritual training’. It is about deepening our understanding of what and how we practice and teach within the Triratna community, and developing an explicit shared framework to talk about it.
Here, Dhammarati reflects on what is essential in Buddhist practice: a growth of awareness which leads to positive and rich emotion and a move away...