Sangharakshita takes us to the Vulture’s Peak, the summit of earthly existence, where the Buddha begins the White Lotus Sutra by speaking on infinity. With his words, (and the forthcoming myths, symbols and parables of the sutra), we are entreated to go beyond into the purely spiritual world of the transcendental.
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A wonderful first talk of the 2019 International Gathering, whose theme is ‘Alchemy of the Dharma’. The utterly delightful Ratnaguna takes us through the true miracle of transforming ourselves via the magic of a practice in which we also learn to let ourselves change.
This is a beautiful, reflective, funny take on the challenges of the Dharma life. Ratnaguna’s breadth of reference is itself a joy: taking in Greek philosophy, Hans Christian Andersen, and writings on the nearness of death to life...
This is a fascinating introduction to the mandala from Garava - the idea, the myth, the image, the symbol, the experience. His own practice as an artist affords him a respectful and generous perspective, from which we are able to simply sit back and learn.
Join us this year at PBC as we explore The Myth of the Path
In Buddhism generally, the goal of the path the Buddha unfolded is understood as Enlightenment, Awakening, Nirvana. That high ideal can be deeply inspiring to hear about, and it can seem a bit far off, or even too abstract for us to have a meaningful relationship with it. Sometimes it is the path itself that we connect with in a heartfelt way, as we have the opportunity to walk...
I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha… communication with others and their help, and the inspiration of Sangha.
This interview was recorded in 2012.
In 1968 I was not born. My parents were working in London on Vogue magazine where my father was feature’s editor and my mother worked in fashion. Apparently my father was so shy to ask my mother out that he went into her office, an office of only...
This FBA Podcast is a talk by Mahamati entitled ‘Actualizing the 1000 Armed Avalokiteshvara’. The third of four talks given on the Padmaloka May National Order weekend, Mahamati talks on actualizing the myth of the Order- symbolised in the 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara.
This is an excerpt from the first of four talks on the Cosmic Mythic Vision of the Mahayana. Here Jvalamalini explores the faculties of mythos and logos, how they’re conditioned by historical context, a suggestion from neuroscience about how imaginal practice might work, and how the integrated Imagination perceives wisdom beyond words.
2.30am alarm is ringing! Why is my alarm going off at this time of the night!! Ah yes I remember. So I crawl out of bed stagger around and remember to pack matches and jam jar candles. Along with jars of popping corn, oats and soya milk. Some white flowers from the garden and a swan feather and a white peacock feather. I remember to pack the incense but later recall I didn’t pack any charcoal discs…