Tantric Buddhism developed outside the monasteries in small groups gathered around magical, shamanic gurus. In this talk Vadanya explores what magic is and how we can bring mystery into the forefront of life as an act of ‘war against the ordinary’.
There is something profoundly natural and ordinary about death, and yet something quite mysterious. Where do we go? What actually happens? Who or what are we when alive? Nothing changed, from the Buddha’s point of view. Vimalavajri offers reflections on the ultimate unknown, the ultimate mystery, death, inspired by the glimpses of awakening depicted in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.
Even more storytelling! Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “The Mystery of the Buddha”, the beginning of a short talk by Khemasuri where she Khemasuri tells the story of Angulimala’s meeting with the Buddha. From a talk of the same title, “The Mystery of the Buddha”.