The origin of the Triratna system of practice
Jul25

The origin of the Triratna system of practice

25th July 2016 – Talk on how the spiritual system that is used within the Triratna Buddhist Community has developed throughout Buddhist history.    ...

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The Buddhaland: a heaven with a difference
Feb02

The Buddhaland: a heaven with a difference

Manchester Buddhist Centre newsletter Feb-Mar 2013 THE BUDDHALAND – A HEAVEN WITH A DIFFERENCE … By Mahabodhi                 The Lord Buddha, thus surrounded and venerated by these multitudes of many hundreds of thousands of living beings, sat upon a majestic lion-throne and began to teach the Dharma. … the Lord Buddha shone, radiated, and glittered as he sat upon his magnificent lion- throne. Thereupon, the Licchavi bodhisattva Ratnakara, with five hundred Licchavi youths, each holding a precious parasol made of seven different kinds of jewels, came forth from the city of Vaisali and presented himself at the grove of Amrapali. Each approached the Buddha, bowed at his feet, circumambulated him clockwise seven times, laid down his precious parasol in offering, and withdrew to one side. As soon as all these precious parasols had been laid down, suddenly, by the miraculous power of the Lord, they were transformed into a single precious canopy so great that it formed a covering for this entire billion-world galaxy. The surface of the entire billion-world galaxy was reflected in the interior of the great precious canopy, where the total content of this galaxy could be seen: limitless mansions of suns, moons, and stellar bodies; the realms of the devas, nagas, yakshas (mythical beasts) … all the great oceans, rivers, bays, torrents, streams, brooks, and springs; finally, all the villages, suburbs, cities, capitals, provinces, and wildernesses. All this could be clearly seen by everyone. And the voices of all the Buddhas of the ten directions could be heard proclaiming their teachings of the Dharma in all the worlds, the sounds reverberating in the space beneath the great precious canopy. At this vision of the magnificent miracle affected by the supernatural power of the Lord Buddha, the entire host was ecstatic, enraptured, astonished, delighted, satisfied, and filled with awe and pleasure. They all bowed down to the Tathágata, withdrew to one side with palms pressed together, and gazed upon him with fixed attention. The young Licchavi Ratnakara knelt with his right knee on the ground raised his hands; palms pressed together in salute of the Buddha, and praised him with the following hymn: (The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti: A Mahayana Scripture, Trans. Robert A F Thurman, 2006)     Building the Buddha Land is the title of a lecture in a series by Sangharakshita on the Mahayana Buddhist scripture called the Vimalakirti Nirdesa. A Buddhaland is the sphere of influence of a Buddha, and in the Mahayana conception of things there are many world systems and, correspondingly, many Buddhas overseeing them. Dayamala in her talk introduced this vivid text...

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