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About an event coming up at Adhiṣṭhāna that should be of interest to readers of the Western Buddhist Review:
‘From here to the beyond…’: Studying the ‘Spiral Path’ in Early Buddhist Discourses
Led by Dhīvan and Sāgaramati
9–16 Dec 2018
This study retreat marks the first led by the newly-initiated Triratna Scholars’ Network and will offer an opportunity to go behind the scenes, as it were, of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma, to look at the sources and texts connected with the ’Spiral Path’. We will examine closely the sources of this teaching in early Buddhist discourses and beyond, in relation the core teaching of dependent-arising. The path factors, from faith through concentration to liberation, offer a map of for spiritual growth and development through a vision of natural unfolding. But how does this map of experience relate to other accounts, such as the cessation of conditions, or the development of the seven awakening factors? The retreat will offer the opportunity to answer such questions through the study of various early Buddhist texts in translation. We will enter the world of textual scholarship in Pāli and other languages, in which the Dharma comes alive in its historical context. And, most importantly, we will connect this scholarly exploration of the path factors with meditation and reflection on the Dharma.
This event will be suitable for Order members and mitras who would like to engage in text-based study of the Dharma. It will be of particular interest to those considering learning Pāli or Sanskrit, or thinking of engaging in the scholarly study of the Dharma. It will be a great way to network with scholars and the scholarly-minded in Triratna. For more details and to book see the Adhiṣṭhāna website. And please pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.