Scientists themselves have increasingly seen the importance of ‘the observer’. Science is for human beings, so it needs to understand what it is to be human, what self-awareness is, and what the range of human needs are (scientists tend to stop at the survival (medicine), and material (technology) needs.) But above all because immediate experience is all we have! All else is inferred, models, theories, assumptions, attempts at communication etc.
So take mental processes seriously. And take seriously the mental processes of others — there is a real...
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?
Our deepest and truest nature, right now, is the Dharma. We can imagine – and ultimately experience – this as the total openness of the ‘Dharma body’, which is pure emptiness: empty of any divided-ness whatsoever.
Our world is literally made up from this total openness, together with the illuminating clarity of awareness and unlimited, spontaneous ‘compassionate energy’. Traditionally, the union of these is referred to as...
Surata wanders delightfully all over the subject of ‘freedom’ in the context of life in a Buddhist Order. He discusses freedom of mind, freedom of choice, freedom of heart, as well as the dangers of group behaviour in communities and the joys of sharing in an ideal. Personable and disarming as ever…
Early this year the Nature of Mind team filmed Subhuti in conversation with Maitreyabandhu about The Act of Awareness: A Buddhist View of Mind. Filmed with three cameras at Adhisthana, their conversation explored the essential Buddhist teachings about the mind and how to make the most of it. Subhuti’s insights are truly remarkable!
led by Maitreyabandhu & Jnanavaca 4th March | 7-8:30pm GMT, 8-9:30pm CET, 6-7:30am AEDT
‘Near death experiences have previously been considered unworthy of science but, now that these experiences are being seriously acknowledged and are a valid area for scientific study, it seems that we are on the threshold of expanding our current knowledge about the meaning of life and death.’
- Dr Penny Sartori
This interactive zoom seminar will explore the implications...
Viveka explores the fourth tetrad of the Anapanasati Sutta: “inquiry into the experience of wisdom” particularly applying the contemplations of impermanence, fading away, cessation and relinquishment to the experience of mind and awareness itself.
In addition to our regular work, this year the Abhayaratna Trust is focusing on mental health – an important area of wellbeing in the Order – through a series of interviews. This month, Advayasiddhi, a clinical psychologist based in Copenhagen, talks with the Abhayaratana Trust’s Utpalavajri.