The 2019 Generation X Dharma Teachers’ Conference takes place this weekend at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon, USA.
This year those attending this biennial North American conference include three members of the Triratna Buddhist Order: Candradasa from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA; Vimalasara from Vancouver, Canada and Singhasri, an American who lives London, UK.
There’s no conference website but the attached booklet gives all details of the programme and those attending from a wide variety of Buddhist traditions in North America. The main topic is ethics,...
Here you can download handouts for a six-week course introducing the various schools of Mahayana Buddhism. The handouts were provided by Achala from New Zealand. Please note that Achala says they all need further improvement!
This is what Achala said about his intentions when designing this course:
I tried to construct a course such that it:
covers what an average human being needs to effectively practice Buddhism.
doesn’t not have a scholastic bent (so a few Pali/Sanskrit terms seemed reasonable but not so many as
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a curious exploration entitled “Meeting Another’s ‘Environment’.” Sharing the teaching of Lin Chi on ‘environment’ and how we meet a whole container of history, memories, emotions when we meet another. With stories about Hakuin, the Samurai and the Order Member Saghasen in India, this little excerpt packs a punch!
Are you looking at the wall? Or is the wall gazing at you? Another cracking take on Zen – the sutras, the experience, the dangers and the fruits… Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called: “Dogen on Practice as Enlightenment” by Padmavajra. This is from the third in an excellent 8-talk sequence by Padmavajra on Zen Buddhism titled: “Wall Gazing“. The series is full of colourful stories and challenging insights from the...
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “The Wisdom Hearer”, is an excerpt from the fabulous talk “The Sound of Reality” by Padmavajra. In this section we hear Hakuin’s poem of Awakening along with Padmavajra’s reflections on the nature of sound, impermanence and insubstantiality. Vanish into emptiness and silence!