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The Luminous: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 23:46

The Luminous: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

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...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

The Essence of Wisdom and Compassion: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 23:16

The Essence of Wisdom and Compassion: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 23:16

The theme of today has been the connection between metta and wisdom - the realisation of metta. Saddhaloka gave a presentation this morning where he spoke of the dual aspects of the path – samata and vipassana, wisdom and compassion, merit and insight – and described how they are really a part of a single process. There is an aspect of seeing into the truth of things, where ultimately there is no knower, or known, or act of knowing, just...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

The Wise Have No Cause To Find Fault: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 21:07

The Wise Have No Cause To Find Fault: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 21:07

The third presentation on the Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata retreat, held at Adhisthana in 2017, on the theme of Metta and Bodhicitta.

Parami presented Hri and Apatrapya, the two Lokapalas, unfolding a single line in the Karaniya Metta Sutta: “One should not pursue the slightest thing for which other wise men might censure them.

Both Hri and Apatrapya express a positive sense of remorse and regret, one in relation to our own inner ethical sensitivity, the other in relation to the...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

Sustained by Spiritual Friends: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 22:35

Sustained by Spiritual Friends: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 22:35

Today, Parami presented Hri and Apatrapya, the two Lokapalas, unfolding a single line in the Karaniya Metta Sutta: “One should not pursue the slightest thing for which other wise men might censure them.” Both Hri and Apatrapya express a positive sense of remorse and regret, one in relation to our own inner ethical sensitivity, the other in relation to the ethical sensitivity we aspire to embodied by our spiritual friends and teachers. They are the guardians of our Dharma Life,...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

Love of the Good: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 23:12

Love of the Good: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 23:12

“A common misapprehension is to think of Insight and egolessness in abstract, even metaphysical, terms rather than as comprising concretely-lived attitudes and behaviour. But realising the truth of egolessness simply means being truly and deeply unselfish. To contemplate the principle of egolessness as some special principle that is somehow separate from our actual behaviour will leave it as far away as ever. If we find it difficult to realise the ultimate emptiness of the self - the solution is to...

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Buddhist Centre Features

Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata – Live at Adhisthana

Posted by akasajoti to Buddhist Centre Features on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 18:08

Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata – Live at Adhisthana

Posted by akasajoti to Buddhist Centre Features on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 18:08

Adhisthana is sometimes referred to as the ‘home’ of the Triratna Buddhist Order –  but, it’s situated in rural Herefordshire in the UK and we are an International community, so not all of us will be fortunate to be able to visit and go on retreat there! So, this week Akasajoti is sharing her experience of the Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata retreat, through daily stories, video posts, quotations, and the occasional pop song, exploring their theme of Metta and Bodhicitta.

She...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

The Ethical Foundations of Metta: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 17:43

The Ethical Foundations of Metta: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 17:43

The second presentation on the Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata retreat, held at Adhisthana in 2017, on the theme of Metta and Bodhicitta.

Dhammarati takes us through the ethical foundations of Metta expressed in the Karaniya Metta Sutta, drawing out their relationship with attha, or ‘the good’. Following a quote from James Hillman: 

Purpose in our lives doesn’t usually appear as a clearly framed goal, it appears more likely as a troubling unclear urge coupled with a sense of dutiful importance. This sense...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

What is Metta?: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 08:10

What is Metta?: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 08:10

The one who abides in love, and puts their faith in the teaching of the Buddha, will win through to the state of calm and blissful release.

The first presentation on the Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata retreat, held at Adhisthana in 2017, on the theme of Metta and Bodhicitta.

Saccanama evokes Metta through a variety of canonical and poetic sources, referring to the seminars which Bhante led on the Karaniya Metta Sutta, edited in Living with Kindness, as well as various suttas...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

The Great Secret of Morals is Love: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Sat, 10 Jun, 2017 - 22:33

The Great Secret of Morals is Love: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti to Adhisthana on Sat, 10 Jun, 2017 - 22:33

We close the first full day chanting Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu after an evening of radiating metta and practising the Seven-Fold Puja together, dedicating the merits of a days study, discussion, meditation and ritual.

Earlier today, in his presentation, Saccanama evoked Metta through a variety of canonical and poetic sources, referring to the seminars which Bhante led on the Karaniya Metta Sutta, edited in Living with Kindness, as well as various suttas from the Pali Canon. He described the crucial place of...

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