By Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 4 Jan, 2021 - 06:00
On Day 10 Parami recommends a scintillating title by Sangharakshita entitled simply Padmasambhava. Originally unreleased (because it was given off-the-cuff after Sangharakshita lost his notes!), this inspired talk sees Triratna’s founder intrigued by the Great Guru’s ability to transform the demons of the world, especially in the West.
Dharmachari Paramartha considers Urgyen Sangharakshita’s deep spiritual connection with Padmasambhava, the Lotus-born Guru and introduces the images of Guru Rimpoche at Urgyen House.
Urgyen House is a project dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of Sangharakshita’s collection of books, letters, papers, thangkas and artefacts as well as the building in which he spent the last years of his life.
Vidyasakhi introduces Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal, his consort and disciple attributed with recording the story of the Great Guru’s establishing Buddhism in Tibet. Offering her perspective as a literary critic, Vidyasakhi speaks from her heart about the mythical and historical dimensions of this significant bit of Buddhist history.
Subhadramati, with characteristic inspiration, shares a memory of Sangharakshita’s last public appearance before his death, and unfolds the significance this image for us as his disciples. She brings this into relationship with our practice of ethics, articulated through the three robes of Padmasambhava.
Prasannavira offers insight into the the essence of Padmasambhava – purity, love, skillful means. With a fearless embracing of experience, taking whatever appears as the Path, facing of inconvenience both personal and external deeper truths, we become the change we’d like to see in the world.