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15 Jan: Bhadra introduces our theme for the year
An edited overview of the theme with particular emphasis on what we mean when we talk of awakening in relation to the heart.
22 Jan: Bhadra on the heart
An edited version of the talk opening up the idea of heart in Buddhist practice and its relation to the precepts
29 Jan: Taranita looks at Vessantara’s 20 suggestions for dealing with overwhelm (part 1)
Read Vessantara’s original article here
5th Feb: Part 2 of Taranita’s talk on Vessantara’s 20 suggestions for dealing with overwhelm.
12 Feb: Satyalila on meeting the buddha through imagination
5th March. ‘A Case of Dysentry’. An example of the awakened heart in action from the Life of the Buddha. Bhadra focuses in this talk on the risk of an attitude of utilitatrianism that might undermine Spiritual community.
11th June. The dialectic of Wisdom and Compassion. Simhanada explores the dynamic relation between these apparently separate aspects of the enlightened Mind.
18th June. ‘The Mystery of Bodhicitta’. Bodhicitta as the meeting of the universal and the individual. Bhadra explores this mystery as a path from group, to individual, to the higher third and culminating in the Greater mandala of purposelessness
25 June An introduction to the Heart Sutra. Taranita gives the first talk in our mini-season of six on the Heart Sutra. Listen here
July: Three talks Satyalila gave at our Women’s Mitra Nights in July on responding to our suffering, burning world. Listen here
9 July: Week 3 of the series on the Heart Sutra. Kulajalini continues her exploration of the emptiness of the six sense consciousnesses and the five skandhas.
16 July: Week 4 of the series on the Heart Sutra. Kulajalini completes her exploration of the emptiness of the six sense consciousnesses and the five skandhas.
23 July: Week 5 of the series on the Heart Sutra. Taranita and Prajnaparamita introduce three of the main protagonists from the heart Sutra: Avalokiteśvara, Śariputra and Prajñāpāramitā.
3 Sept: Launching a new term of Sangha nights, Bhadra, Naravira and Satyalila talk about ‘What Sangha means to me’ in three short, personal talks. Encompassing a wide range of themes including authenticity and individuality, the elements and the Bodhicitta the talks are distinctly different yet they resonate significantly with each other.
10 Sept: MItras Cath Dixon, Jay Williams and Tim Mason add their perspectives to the question ‘What Sangha means to me’. Three diverse talks share the wide range of their collective Sangha experience – from first encounters, to deep strong friendships, from Buddhist Centre to Buddhafield and beyond and how one’s relationship with Sangha can evolve and deepen over the years and decades.
1st October: Bhadra talks about “Weaving Sangha through Dana”, looking at the giving of truth, the giving of turning up and the giving of money to weave a dynamic and thriving Sangha. Dana creates the foundations of confidence in the power of the Dharma to transform the world.
22nd October: Bhadra introduces some of the Dharmic principles that are the basis for the “Crucible of communication” weekends and their relation to the deepening of Sangha
26th November: Continuing our theme of Sangha, Merry Clarke, Jen Harvey and Eli Cullum each give a short talk on the topic.