The social and political landscape is changing. Societies are, on the one hand, fragmenting whilst, on the other, unifying within a growing culture of consumerism and individualism. How can we create a community that is unified and diverse, exemplifying real values and being a force for good in the world? Suryagupta, current chair of the London Buddhist Centre, inspires us all to shine the light of the Dharma in the world.
How do we construct our world? Collective experiences impact on our personal views and experiences. Mahayana texts offer us the opportunity to interrupt our usual way of perceiving and thinking about the world. Suryagupta explores the extraordinary character, Vimalakirti, and his teaching of The Great Love – the love that is great compassion, the love that is never exhausted, the love that is giving, the love that is morality, the love that is tolerance, the love that is happiness.
On 25 June, from 19.00-21.00 (UK), Subhuti will be in conversation with Suryagupta, the Chair of the London Buddhist Centre, on the topic of race, caste and Buddhism. They will explore the themes personally, arriving at a distinctively Dharmic approach to race and Buddhism, with time for you to ask questions via the chat facility on their YouTube Livestream. All are invited to join the LBC Sangha for what promises to be a memorable and significant evening.
On Sunday 19th, Suryagupta hosted a conversation with Subhuti on ‘Life, Death and Dying’ for the London Buddhist Centre, themes that are very much with us right now.
It was an insightful and meaningful conversation, and Subhuti invited us to work as positively as we can with the challenges that the Coronavirus pandemic brings - so we hope the reflections in the interview give you inspiration to take your practice deeper.
Here’s a rousing talk from Suryagupta, the Chair of the London Buddhist Centre, on 20th January 2020 exploring what vision is, how it can manifest in our lives, and what a Buddhist vision looks like.
Taking Martin Luther King’s ’I Have a Dream’ speech as a starting point, referring to examples from the life of the Buddha and sharing her own personal stories, Suryagupta draws out some of the key aspects of perfect vision and explores how we can make our initial...
Suryagupta shares the story of Shantideva, the monk who gave us the exposition of the Bodhicaryavatara, The Way of the Bodhisattva. Born of his direct experience this text is the basis of our Sevenfold Puja where we ritually evoke the many qualities of the Enlightened mind.
Here’s Suryagupta in conversation with Subhuti about his life and practice. Subhuti has been the President of the London Buddhist Centre for over 30 years and was part of the original team who built the LBC in the 1970s.