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.
Subhadramati and Vajrashura, from London (UK) and Dublin (Ireland), reflect on the practice of spiritual friendship and the value of community, in the fifth in a series of informal, personal, conversations between Public Preceptors about the Eight Guidelines for Ordination Training.
The Eight Guidelines offer a framework through which Order Members and Mitras can reflect on and communicate about their going for refuge and process of training for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this series, members of the Preceptors’...
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.
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Subhadramati delivers in this exposition on the aspect of ethics that springs out of empathy. As you reflect on others’ their suffering starts to become your suffering – it’s important to find that responsiveness and encourage it to flourish. From this, compassion bursts forth from the heart like a rose.
Sangharakshita tells us that the Enlightenment of the Buddha isn’t cold and detached, but sees everything as beautiful because it sees with a mind and heart of Metta.
For our International Buddha Day celebration, Subhadramati evokes this aspect of the Enlightenment by telling a story of a pivotal moment in the Buddha’s life, which precedes the dawning of his enlightenment experience, where he recollects a memory of sitting beneath a rose-apple tree in his youth. She...
We often think that our best defense is to protect ourselves with a barrier between ourselves and the world. On the contrary, the dakini has the complete realization that in the end there is nothing to defend. In enlightenment all we were ever defending was a pattern of defensiveness, you realize there was nothing to defend.