Our FBA Podcast this week is entitled The Sevenfold Puja: Worship by Maniraja. The Sevenfold Puja - drawn from the Bodhicaryavatara - is the main devotional ceremony of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
This talk is the second in the series on the Puja, given Manchester Buddhist Centre.
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called A Potent Practice. Amrta talks personally about the practice of puja and also asks us what importance do we place on it in our movement. Is it a secondary practice or a means to awakening the Bodhi Heart!?
Given on a men’s regional Order weekend at Padmaloka September 2010, entitled Thoughts on Puja.
Can ritual help us put the conditions in place through which bodhicitta may arise? In this week’s FBA PodcastUsing Ritual to Cultivate Bodhicitta Vijayasri explores our reactions to the idea of ritual and how rituals can become meaningless. We then look at the concept of ritual as “entering into a realm of the imagination where we encounter Buddhas and Bodhisattvas”.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in April 2016...
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a full description of The Sevenfold Puja. From the talk entitled Poetry and Devotion in Buddhism: the Sevenfold Puja by Sangarakshita. The central problem of spiritual life is the mobilisation of our emotional energies, so that what we know can be put into practice. Energies may be blocked, wasted or too coarse, and the Buddhist puja takes us through a series of devotional moods to help liberate them.
In this week’s FBA Podcast, Bhadra introduces the archetypal magician, Padmasambhava, in a talk called The Art of Ritual and Descent, given at a day for men in Bristol, UK. He uses episodes from the magician’s life to illustrate how engaging the imagination through ritual and being willing to make the journey of descent are key elements of a fruitful practice.
The ‘Big One’ is well known for its Saturday night puja! This time we ventured out into the dark for a bonfire as part of a special ritual led by Kusaladevi. Here are some amazing photos taken by Akasajoti and Sanghadhara capturing the scenes around the fire.
Sunday the 16th September at the North London Buddhist Centre was multifaceted: * Celebrating Padmasambhava Day, * Holding four Mitra ceremonies (Afra, Charlie, Laura and Remi), * Rejoicing in the outgoing chair, Visuddhimati, * And inaugurating Ratnaprabha as the new chair.
Look out for the ceremonial Vajra (a brass thunderbolt symbolising transformation).
Ratnaprabha will kick off with a series of public lectures on Saturday mornings at 11:30, inspired by the Buddha’s teaching to the Fire Worshippers, “The World is...
2.30am alarm is ringing! Why is my alarm going off at this time of the night!! Ah yes I remember. So I crawl out of bed stagger around and remember to pack matches and jam jar candles. Along with jars of popping corn, oats and soya milk. Some white flowers from the garden and a swan feather and a white peacock feather. I remember to pack the incense but later recall I didn’t pack any charcoal discs…
To mark the great festival of Buddha Day (Wesak), when we celebrate the Enlightenment and its opening up of the path that leads to the end of suffering, here’s a wonderful mythologically minded conversation with Sthanashraddha, self-confessed ritualist and all-round lover of beauty and of the Dharma as an aesthetic choice in itself.
Sthanashraddha’s considerable elegance of being and of mind comes through beautifully as we hear his magical tale of a dawn adventure to meet the goddess of the Malvern springs...