Category Archives: The Dharma

Questions to ask a Buddhist

Study course in Buddhist philosophy

Questions to ask a Buddhist. This is designed to be a study course that takes Buddhism seriously on a philosophical level by studying its arguments with an eye to seeing which arguments hold up well and which fail to be fully convincing. It is not meant to be an exegesis of Buddhist scriptures or a doctrinal history of particular schools, but a systematic discussion of issues. The principal sources of information on the issues discussed are Indian Buddhist treatises, but there are occasional discussions of those issues as they were treated by Tibetan and East Asian Buddhists, as well as by non-Buddhists in various cultural settings. Although all of what is dealt with here with has been discussed by Buddhists in the distant past, it is hoped that the topics chosen have universal appeal and are still of philosophical interest today. While many of the arguments studied were initially made long ago, an attempt has been made to illustrate them with examples that people living in today’s world can readily find relevant. In short, this course is based on the conviction that if Buddhist philosophy was ever worth examining seriously to assess its merits and shortcomings, it still is.

Richard P. Hayes (Dayāmati Dharmacārin, TBO) received a doctorate from University of Toronto’s Sanskrit and Indian Studies department in 1982. He taught comparative religions and Indian philosophy at University of Toronto before taking a position in 1988 in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, where he taught intermediate and advanced Sanskrit and several courses in Buddhist thought. He returned to his native New Mexico in 2003, teaching Asian philosophies in the Department of Philosophy at The University of New Mexico until his retirement in 2013. He now lives in Jemez Springs, NM.

 

Questions to ask a Buddhist

The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb – Talk1, Part 1

The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb – Talk1, Part 1

The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb – Talk1, Part 1 from thebuddhistcentre on Vimeo.

Dhammachari Suvajra spent many years with our sangha in India. In response to comments about the relevance of Sangharakshita’s teaching to Ambedkar devotees, he draws out eight of Bhante’s main contributions to Triratna and links them directly to the Buddha and Babasaheb.

In part one of his first talk, he highlights Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels as the most central act that defines our sangha as Buddhist and thereby links us all as a worldwide community.

 

Meetings with Dhardo Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita’s main teachers. (part one)

Meetings with Dhardo Rimpoche (part one) from Clear Vision Trust on Vimeo.

In 1987 Clear Vision filmed Dhardo Tulku Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita’s main teachers and friends, whose life profoundly influenced how the FWBO/Triratna Buddhist Community developed. Two fascinating programmes resulted.

In part one Dhardo Rimpoche talks about: his discovery as an incarnate Lama; the early years of training; his gurus; why he journeyed to India; developing a monastery at Bodh Gaya; major turning points in his spiritual life and the importance of meditation.

Watch part two here vimeo.com/30390744

Sailing the Worldly Winds

A six 6 week series led by Samayasri and Savanna
Feb 23rd – April 5th
6:15pm to 8:30pm Midtown

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Feeling thrashed about by the business of living? Thus is our human experience, says the Buddha. The winds of gain and loss, pleasure and pain, fame and infamy, and praise and blame all blow about us at any given time… and yet, we can turn them into spiritual opportunities.

Savanna and Samayasri join forces to share some of the traditional teachings and well as their personal perspectives on working effectively with the “eight worldly concerns”.

The series will loosely follow the book “Sailing the Worldly Winds” by Vajragupta in 2011. Watch a short intro video of the theme by him here.

Location:
Tournesol Wellness 26 East 36th Street
between Madison and Park Avenues in the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City.

More info . . .

‘Where Faith and Wisdom Meet’ – Kamalashila

‘Where Faith and Wisdom Meet’ – Kamalashila from Clear Vision Trust on Vimeo.

Kamalashila speaks on ‘Where Faith and Wisdom Meet’ in which he “hopes to get us thinking about the volitional side of what dharma practice looks (and feels) like – pre and post insight. Maybe we don’t think of ourselves as a devotional type, but have certain responses and observances that don’t get expressed ritually, but are still about our respect for the ideal”.

A talk given at the Triratna Buddhist Order Men’s UK & Ireland Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, 6 February 2016. The weekend was exploring Reverencing the Buddha: Devotion and Spiritual Life, through a programme of meditation, puja, discussion groups and two talks.

Meditation and Buddhism January 6th Four Wednesdays 7–9pm

January 6thFour Wednesdays 7–9pm Meditation and The Four Noble Truths

Wake Up become conscious See your Habits. Once seen they can be Changed.

The course is four weeks long, each week starts with a short talk about some aspect of meditation followed by a talk on The Four Noble Truths.
The class runs from 7pm to 9 pm.

Location:
The Lucid Body House
230 Lexington Ave (between 33rd and 34th St.) NYC, NY 10016

TO REGISTER:
 Pay in Advance $80
 Pay on the first night $100

Notes:
With all of the activities, you are free to participate or to just sit and listen – nothing is compulsory.
If you cannot afford the course cost please let us know, and we will make arrangements for you to join us.