Parami touches on aspects of Sangharakshita’s ‘system of meditation’, and most specifically the area of positive emotion. Parami is an ideal guide for this sort of material, steeped as she is in study and practice engaged within the light of the ‘Bodhichitta’, and the Bodhisattva Ideal itself.
When the whole of oneself is present, something new comes into play - we become more than the sum of our parts. Here we have Ratnaguna describing the stages of integration and positive emotion in the Triratna system of practice.
In answering the question ‘What is Buddhism?’, Sangharakshita identifies higher evolution - the development of higher states of consciousness - with the twelve links in the progressive trend of the Buddha’s teaching of conditioned co-production.
In this excerpt we hear about the unification of all our emotional energies in the state of bliss.
May all beings be well and happy, without fear, without jealousy, may they be full of love, faith and joy. Positive emotion is an essential part of the higher evolution.
Speaking in a marquee on the June 2012 Women’s National Order Weekend at Taraloka and in a landscape dedicated to the Five Jinas, Samantabhadri explores positive emotion in our system of practice. Her themes are: pliancy and loosening boundaries; the imagination; insight; our collective life; the shade and the light of our spiritual lives.
In this FBA Dharmabyte, ‘Enlightenment as a Real Possibility’, Ratnaguna describes the process of transformation in the context of the Five Aspects of the Spiritual Path - integration, positive emotion, spiritual receptivity, spiritual death, and spiritual rebirth.
This Dharmabyte podcast is delivered by Subhuti entitled ‘The Importance of Intention In the Stage of Positive Emotion’. This excerpt from the talk of the same name was given during a retreat on the system of meditation.
Subhuti emphasises the importance of intention in the metta bhavana; it is not a practice about feeling good, but transforming our responses; a karmic action which then has a result of feeling happier and more positive.