Padmadhara reflects on the importance of gratitude in the spiritual life, providing some of his own reasons for being grateful, as well as drawing inspiration from another Song of Milarepa on the theme. As the talk starts, Padmadhara lists teachers and friends of his to whom he is grateful.
Excerpted from the talk Milarepa - Gratitude and Dukkha - The First Noble Truth...
We’re on the road this week with a festive episode of the podcast to celebrate Vidyamala: the extraordinary inspiration behind Breathworks who has just been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List. She has been honoured for her Services to Wellbeing and Pain Management as Co-founder of Breathworks, an organisation which teaches mindfulness-based approaches to people coping with pain, illness and stress.
Here Samantabhadri expertly and imaginatively tackles the theme of Wisdom, using the verses in the third section of Tsongkhapa’s short text on the “Three Principal Aspects of the Path.” Dharma themes of the laksanas, suffering, niyamas, self - and no-self - are interwoven with more personal reflections, and with thought-provoking quotations - “…. emptiness, activity and compassion are not three things, but one thing looked at from three different points of view….”
Maitreyabandhu reminds us that the Buddha was cautious to describe things that were best directly experienced. The Lakshanas are not a metaphysical description of reality. Impermanence, insubstantiality and suffering show us there is something wrong with our perception.
Forty years of friendship around meditation, the Dharma, and a common interest in the workings of the ‘psyche’ - the human ‘soul’ - mark out this first pilot episode for a new series of live podcasts. Join Paramananada in conversation with a set of friends to explore and share together their ‘Sources of Inspiration’.
Our first guest is Atula (Richard Huson), psychosynthesist and good friend to many in the Triratna Buddhist Community. Atula has made it his life’s work to consider the...