Nagapriya explores the emergence of the Bodhisattva Ideal in the Mahayana tradition by discussing the historical context in which this basic concept developed, its ties to early Buddhist texts, and what the bodhisattva’s life entails, on both the mundane and cosmic levels.
Nagapriya takes an unusual angle as he speaks of the Dharma as a portal into the Buddha’s mind itself…
From the talk Cherish the Doctrine given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2022. Part 1 of a three part series based around the motto of the great Tibetan 20th Century teacher Dhardo Rimpoche - “Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love.”
Nagapriya talks via Zoom on Buddhist practice as a path towards the transcendence of our egocentric tendencies and motivations, which are the cause of our suffering, and the obstacles to our compassionate response to others. Transcendence is what is beyond our self clinging will, and by connecting with it we can begin to live our lives on the basis of a new logic. One motivated by the aspiration to benefit all beings through everything we do.