With inspiring candour, Devamitra speaks from his own experience on the importance of valuing and facing our adversities (duhkha), explaining how that naturally leads into faith, and into the joy of gratitude. He also briefly introduces his new book on his experience as a cross-dressing Buddhist. Excerpted from the talk From Adversity to Gratitude and Beyond given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2016.
At the heart of the spiral path is conditioned co-production which at heart means “changingness”. This “changingness” can be creative (leading to more and more beneficial mental states) or reactive (cycling from pleasurable to painful mental states). Subhadramati describes how the spiral path uses a creative “changingness” to grow out of our habitual habits and into liberation.
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This course runs over six Wednesdays 16 June to 21 July, 7-9pm
The Buddha has presented us with an inspiring path to liberation. The key stages on the journey are characterised by a progressive chain of positive mental states, such as bliss and serenity. Given the right conditions, each stage unfolds naturally from the previous, taking one closer to a realisation of how things really are and ultimately to liberation.
Over the six weeks of this course we will explore this inspiring trajectory through...
Practising Buddhism (so much harder than understanding it) involves breaking the chain of the twelve negative links, or nidanas, by moving onto the spiral path, here described in its twelve stages. What is our usual reaction to things that are pleasant, things that are painful and things that are neutral? Sangharakshita gives us a clear description of the beginning of the Spiral Path, that of our response to Dukkha.
Vadanya launches a series of talks on three great Buddhist symbols that describe the way things are: the wheel of life, the spiral path, and the ultimate goal of Enlightenment. Together they form a guide to escape from the ultimate vicious circle into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.
Here, Vadanya explores on the wheel by describing the symbolism of each of the four concentric rings which make up this rich representation of samsara, the never-ending repetition of habitual...
By Rijupatha on Wed, 3 Jul, 2013 - 16:07In this issue of the Vajra Bell newsletter:
• “Buddhist Roots in the Wild West: The History of Triratna in America” by Dh. Viriyalila • “Sustaining Faith on the Spiral Path” by Barry Timmerman • Dhardo Tulku Rinpoche Visits Aryaloka - recap and background from Dh. Viriyagita • “A Pilgrimage to Japan: An Artist’s Tour for Buddhists, a Buddhist Tour for Artists” by Lois Sans • Reflections on a recent men’s community retreat • Aryaloka arts: exhibits by textile...