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, 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.
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.
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.
A series of personal exchanges with Subhuti about the central issues of life. Subhuti is among the most prominent and experienced of Western Buddhists. He has spent the past forty-odd years practising the Buddha’s teachings and travelling the world helping make it possible for others to do the same.
Hosted by Subhadramati during his Presidential visit to the London Buddhist Centre, which he was instrumental in founding in 1978.