A wonderful second pair of talks, bringing to life Sukhavati, the great Pure Land or Happy Land of Amitabha.
Talk 3: The Deathless Buddha - Possible Roots of Sukhavati in the Pali Canon In this fascinating talk, Ratnaguna shows us remarkable resonances between the Sukhavativuyha sutras and two late Pali suttas - the Mahaparinibbana sutta and Mahasuddassana sutta, and suggests the Sukhavativuyha sutras may have arisen from the distress of the Buddha’s followers after his Parinirvana.
Another beautiful day in the pure land! On my way home, I sighed - “oh it’s all so lovely!”.
Today our sutra reading was sections of the text describing the land of Sukhavati, which is the Dharma aspect of the text. (Yesterday focused more on the Buddha - including beautiful descriptions of bodhisattva activity)
I found the description of the river particularly beguiling - the sound of the river is both soothing, and conveys the Dharma. It conveys the Dharma by murmuring the only,...
Here are the two wonderful Dharma talks by Ratnaguna from the first day of the retreat this weekend, along with a led visualisation bringing the Pure Land of Sukhavati, made of all precious things, to life. As a treat to conclude, we also get the Bristol sangha chanting a beautiful, resonant version of Amitabha mantra.
Talk 1: Why hear the Pure Land Sutras?
An introduction to the three Pure Land sutras and to understanding the practice of Mahayana sutras in general. Other...
On this retreat Ratnaguna will guide us on a journey into Amitābha’s Pure Land, Sukhāvati – a mythical realm where the ground is golden, trees are made of jewels, heavenly musical instruments play ravishing music, and magical birds sing the Dharma. It is...
European Buddhist Union Conference 2018 - call for papers “Spreading wisdom and compassion in European societies” April 13/14/15 Benalmádena, Malaga, Spain
The European Buddhist Union (EBU, www.europeanbuddhism.org) organises a conference event every 2 years. Following the “Buddhism in Action” conference in Berlin in 2016, there will be the another such event in April 2018.
The theme of the conference event is “Spreading wisdom and compassion in European societies”, with their specific socio-political, cultural and economic features.
The theme of today has been the connection between metta and wisdom - the realisation of metta. Saddhaloka gave a presentation this morning where he spoke of the dual aspects of the path – samata and vipassana, wisdom and compassion, merit and insight – and described how they are really a part of a single process. There is an aspect of seeing into the truth of things, where ultimately there is no knower, or known, or act of knowing, just...
Join us at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center this Sunday, August 21, 10AM - 12PM, as we continue our exploration of the Threefold Path, or Three Trainings – ethics, meditation and wisdom. Following a period of meditation, Rijupatha will lead our discussion of Wisdom and its role in the spiritual life. All are welcome, including newcomers to meditation and Buddhism.