May 6th - June 24th, Sundays 9.30am-12pm “…in shining, glowing, beaming and radiance, the release of mind by universal friendliness far excels and surpasses… all worldly merit.” This year at Portsmouth Buddhist Center we’re following the seasons as a model for how to move through the different stages of a spiritual life. We’ve embraced the quiet beauties of the winter of things, then woken to spring and the idea of new life for the mind. Now as the days warm and...
This FBA Dharmabyte is the beginning of a heartfelt conversation between Samantabhadri and Dharmakarunya entitled ‘Metta, Contemplative Dialogue.’
The two good friends engage in a contemplative dialogue about Metta. This dialogue, spontaneous and unscripted, unfolds as a significant exploration of Metta. Metta as meditation practice, as an illumination of ordinary living and as a path to insight.
This series of five sessions will be a journey into focused positive emotion. We’ll be using the framework of the Metta Bhavana and modifying it to draw in the other Brahma Viharas and deeply explore individual relationships to create some extra intensity around the practice.
Our meditation sessions begin at 2:30pm ET / 7:30pm UK Session Dates: Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20, Mar 27, Apr 3
In this FBA Dharmabyte from Vajrapriya entitled ‘To Make the Imperfect Perfect is Enough to Love it’, he discusses the fact of suffering or dukkha as part of being human. What are we to do? We can love what is, and in doing so make the imperfect perfect.
In this FBA Dharmabyte, we hear from Parami, our international Order Convenor, about how dukkha is not living in harmony with truth of conditioned existence and how it is metta that is the volitional response to interconnectedness.
‘Living in Harmony With Truth’ is from the talk “The Awakening Heart” the first talk in the series of the same name. It touches on aspects of Sangharakshita’s ‘system of meditation’, and most specifically the area of positive emotion.
A gem of a conversation with Maitripala, from Melbourne (via Emerald City) in Australia, describing her beautiful practice of Metta Walks across the continent and the Buddhas In My Pocket project that has grown up around it. Her evocation of a modern day pilgrimage, engaging with strangers and sharing moments of deep connection and mutual kindness, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. A shining example of living out the image of Indra’s Net, where every...
Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Fri, 16 Jun, 2017 - 19:00
This is the last post from the week’s retreat on Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata. Thank you for following! It’s been very satisfying to know that we’re reaching some more people around the world and sharing some glimpses and content from what’s happening at Adhisthana.
You can find all of the posts and presentations from the week here.
We’ll be doing the same again from the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana retreat later on in the year; and...
Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Fri, 16 Jun, 2017 - 16:51
Lokeshvara speaks of the culmination of metta in Equanimity, and describes two ways of seeing Upekkha – as the outward radiation of goodwill that makes no distinction between living beings; and as the inner attitude of complete equanimity as life flows in, the attitude when abandoning the welcoming and rebelling of the worldly winds.
He expresses very personally, and insightfully, his own practice of developing this second aspect of equanimity, as a practice of ‘willingly inviting ruin”, referring to this poem by...
Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 23:46
There has been so much beauty today that I can’t do justice to, and wish I could. Such a high quality of communication between us all in our last discussion group, sensitive, alive and mirror-like to one another; sitting in our closing circle this evening, hearing each person rejoice and share what they had enjoyed and benefitted from during the retreat; the final Bodhicitta mantra in perfect harmony. A lotus-bed of many beings growing towards the light in our own...