In this short personal talk given on the Men's Sub35 weekend entitled 'Steering to the Deep', Viryanaga parallels the Buddha comparing the Dharma to the mighty ocean in the Udana. In this talk Viryanaga recounts some of his experience and reflections of sailing on the strange and wonderful ocean, and compares this to his initial encounters and deepening within the Dharma.
Padmasagara expounds themes from Sangharakshita's Taste of Freedom lecture in a richly mythic and very practical talk. He explores themes from Homer's Odyssey to illustrate the quest for true Freedom offered through the Dharma Life.
In this talk Sanghanistha shares his reflections on one of Sangharakshita’s aphorisms and how this acts as a blueprint for a life that embodies the archetype of the king. A life lived knowing change and directing change by taking responsibility for ourselves as agents of karma, a life lived helping others to also do this and come together to transform the world around us so that it upholds and encourages the highest values.
This was the final talk given at the ‘Awakening...
Where does genuine authority come from? How can we harness our potential to bring order to our lives and the world? In this engaging and personal talk Prajnaketu explores how the practice of Buddhist ethics awakens the King in all of us. This talk was given at the ‘Awakening the King’ Young Men’s Retreat, April 2016.
This talk introduces the archetype of the King, and the qualities it brings to the life of a man. We’re led through a short active imagination, bringing the King to mind, and we then hear how the Buddha is the ultimate of all Kings. This talk was given at the ‘Awakening the King’ Young Men’s Retreat, April 2016.
Drawing upon the myths in the life of the Buddha Satyapara explores the role the body plays when we take up Buddhist practice. She describes the Buddha as a child under a rose apple tree being deeply in touch with his surrounding and when calling upon the earth he gains confidence in his practice and overcomes his doubts. With this stories Satyapara invites us to trust our body. Given in Cambridge in the Young Peoples Evening.
Prajnaketu leads the Ghent sangha through an experience of ‘flow’ and describes how Buddhism offers a systematic path to ever more satisfying and absorbing mental states, taking the mind beyond the limitations of contemporary psychology and articulating a response to evil in the world. Given on the 22nd of March.
Questions and answers with the Essen Young Buddhists on what’s happening in the Oxford Sangha now; simplicity vs activity; being a Buddhist in the world… and German engineering. With a German translation from Rainer Pretz.
Prajnaketu talks about his experiences of starting a Sangha in Oxford and links it to the principles of generosity, kindly speech, beneficial activity and exemplification: Buddhist qualities that can literally change the world. Given at the Essen Young Buddhists Night and with a German translation by Rainer Pretz.