n Tibetan spiritual life, the practice of body-based meditation
has been revered throughout its history as a vital tool for
cultivating spiritual awareness and physical well-being.
Today, in a world overabundant with stimuli, these “embodied”
practices are more relevant and useful than ever. An excerpt.
Beliefs that prevent me from seeing
Determining our destiny is a myth; the sense of self is a fiction
we construct to endow the chaos of our lives with a semblance
of rational consistency; what stories do we believe?; order
vs chaos; what beliefs do I hold and what do they prevent
me from seeing?; participant's experience; spectrum of possibilities
between extremes; no truth, just what happens
In this talk, Stephen Batchelor uses a poem from the Dhammapada
to elucidate the correct relationship with the self; that the
self is something to be cultivated, fashioned and carved like
a field, an arrow, and a block of wood. Stephen challenges
us to not fall into
the typical idea of the self as an illusion, but to recognize
that it is the very thing we work with on the spiritual path.
Quoting from the Buddha, he shares a story from the end of
the Buddha’s life when he was asked whether there is or is
not a self. The Buddha refuses to
answer either question. Stephen tries to answer both.
Buddha is saying we live in a fantasy world. This world that
we think is normal and real, with apples and carpets and flowers
and people and dogs, he says, is a complete fantasy world.
We're making reality up and it's all we've ever done. But when
everything appears incredibly solid and real, it's hard to
see that it's all an illusion.
Tibetan Buddhism Archive
“We spend our lives being seduced by the outside
world, believing completely that happiness and suffering come
from ‘out there’. But in fact, our experience depends on us.
We have full responsibility for our lives. The more we are
aware, the better we become at making skillful choices.” Venerable
Sangye Khadro will challenge our concepts of seeking satisfaction
in a material world-not as a method of escape from the world,
but as a way of balancing our material well being with our
inner well being to create a harmonious world.
explains how Buddhism is, contrary to popular thought, not
a religion based on any type of faith or belief. Rather,
Buddhism is a way of understanding the true nature of reality
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Rather than talking about non-attachment or non-grasping,
we can talk about creative engagement.
Roshi Joan Halifax and Richard Freeman talk about the interplay
of Buddhism and yoga.
Both disciplines share strong mental and physical practices.
Roshi uses stories from Buddha’s life and her interactions
with the Lacandon Indians of Chiapas Mexico to illustrate.