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19 May: Ethics as the path to Liberation. Advayamati talks about the principle of Right Action. He emphasises that Buddhism is a path of intentional action not just a set of ideas to believe or assert. It is a path that transforms by acting in ways that transcends the dichotomy between self and other. It is a path that has at it’s core the taste of freedom; of liberation.
12 May: Action in Practice: Remembering to act (or not act!) – Satyalila shares and reflects on a simple daily practice which can support us on the path of transformation. A talk on the Four Reminders.
10 May: Four Maras and four symbols of the Buddha’s wisdom.
Bhadra retells the well known story of the attack of Mara on the eve of the Buddha’s enlightenment. He describes the four personifications of the constrictive forces of Mara and describes four symbols that illustrate the wisdom that liberated the Buddha
5 May: Why Worship the Buddha? Why Ritual? Suryadaya explored the place of ritual within Buddhist practice as we approach the main event in the Buddhist calendar, Buddha Day, which is traditionally celebrated with ritual and devotion.
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3 May: Naravira introducing our theme for Buddha Week, Being with the Buddha
28 April: Introducing ‘Action’: Satyalila introduced our next phase of exploring the Buddha’s Noble Eightfol Path. Moving from a focus on ‘vision’, we go on to explore ‘transformation’ in the sense of ‘action’ in three distinct but complementary ways: action in terms of ethical practice, action in terms of ritual (‘acts’ of body, speech and mind) and action in terms of activism.
14th April. Ambedkar and the Dharma Revolution. A Talk by Nagabodhi
Nagabodhi talks about the life of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, himself born an untouchable but rose to become the great India reformer and first law minister of the post colonial India. He historically converted, along with many hundreds of thousands of his followers, to Buddhism in 1956, following the Independence of India from the British. At the time of this mass conversion, Buddhism had all but died out in India. The radical act of Dr. Ambedkar was part of a movement to free millions of former untouchables from thousands of years of social degradation and entrapment within the caste system. It also started a Dharma revolution in India, the reverberations of which are continuing today. Nagabodhi has worked with the large Triratna community that exists in India and which has been, through Sangharakshita’s connection with Dr. Ambedkar, part of this Dharma and social revolution. Nagabodhi has also written about this incredible phenomena in his book Jai Bhim: Dispatches from a Peaceful Revolution.
7th April Celebrating the wonder of Sangha. Talk by Bhadra
To celebrate the founding of the Triratna Sangha 53 years ago Bhadra focuses on Sangharakshitas emphasis on Going for Refuge to the three jewels and how he envisioned the Sangha Jewel as practically establishing conditions for the lightning flash of insight to arise. Bhadra ends the talk with a series of helpful questions related to the nature of our personal faith in Sangha
31 Mar: The first Puja of our online Sangha Nights via Zoom. We don’t have an audio recording, but we do have the text of the Amitabha Puja, that was led by Taranita, plus the readings of Rumi’s ‘Be Clear Like a Mirror’ and Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche’s ‘Self and Others’.
17 Mar: The first of our online Sangha Nights via Zoom meeting. Naravira talks on Envisioning the Dharma.
3 Mar: Taranita talks on Envisioning the Buddha.