Here Sangharakshita recounts one of the stories from the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, that of The Episode of Untimely Flowers. Reflections based around the Buddha’s Parinirvana (‘death’), stress the importance of impermanence.
In this talk on the Buddha’s parinirvana, Vadanya explores how we can use our imagination to have a real living connection with the Buddha, and how we can make our own future potential for enlightenment a source of strength and guidance in our present lives.
The Buddha was a human being who by his own efforts discovered the path towards Enlightenment and was able to communicate this path for others to follow. His life is full of stories that that are of relevance for those of us today who wish to follow the path towards Enlightenment.
The Buddha’s Parinirvana marks the final passing of the Buddha two and a half millennia ago. It is an opportunity not just to contemplate on impermanence, but also to rejoice in the example of the Buddha’s life and in the precious opportunity our own lives present us with.
Here is the talk given at the Sydney Buddhist Centre’s Parinirvana day event. It explores four moments from the last days of the Buddha’s life and draws out some reflections that make this festival day more than just about the death of the Buddha.
By Ujumani on Mon, 16 Feb, 2015 - 20:14Pour commencer les célébrations de la fête du Parinirvana, de la mort physique du Bouddha, nous avons passé une soirée à regarder The Triumph of Life. C’est un opéra qui raconte le dernier jour de la vie du Bouddha. Le livret en a été écrit par Sarvananda et Satyadaka, et la musique composée par Amalamati - tous des membres de l’Ordre bouddhiste Triratna. Il a été joué par une troupe et un orchestre composés essentiellement d’amateurs de la Communauté bouddhiste...
By viriyalila on Sun, 28 Dec, 2014 - 18:20Parinirvana Day will be held on Sunday, February 15, 10 - 1 pm at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center. This day, held on the full moon of February, marks the death of the Buddha.
Strange as it may seem, Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha. His death came when he was eighty years old and had spent some forty years teaching after his Enlightenment. What is more, the notion that all things are impermanent is central to Buddhist teaching...
By Rijupatha on Tue, 12 Aug, 2014 - 20:24This week’s FBA Podcast is entitled: “Make Yourself An Island.” Reflecting on her favourite lines from the Paranibbana Sutta, Jvalamalini explores how to become an island in the midst of the eight worldly winds, especially how to steer through praise and blame, and fame and infamy by developing true individuality, and spiritual receptivity.