The Paths to Enlightenment Course by Various Speakers

It is said that there are 84,000 paths to Enlightenment. The Buddha taught one Truth – one Dhamma or Dharma – but taught innumerable ways for us to penetrate this Truth. As the Buddha’s teachings spread out of India, into all corners of the world and passing through the passage of time, the Buddha’s teachings as it is practiced today appears to have taken different forms and expressions.

This course on The Paths to Enlightenment traverses through the history of Buddhism and the major Buddhist traditions as they exist today. For two months on each Tuesday evening, we will explore the teachings of the major traditions.

For those seeking their path, this would give an overview of the Buddhist traditions. For those already practising in one tradition, this course could give a further dimension to one’s practice by allowing an open appreciation to another practice than one’s own. For the Buddhist community generally, this is an opportunity for dialogue and exchange between practitioners of each tradition.

Audio Details
1) 30 May: Introduction to the traditions/ Buddhist interpretations (Bhante Pandit)

 

2) 6 June: Introduction to Theravada Buddhism (Justin & Rina)

 

3) 13 June: Introduction to Theravada Buddhism (Jim Teoh)

[coming] 20 June: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Robert Tomic)
[coming] 27 June: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Robert Tomic)
[coming] 4 July: Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism (Jonathan Shearman)
[coming] 11 July: Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism (Jonathan Shearman)
[coming] 18 July: Introduction to Secular Buddhism (Winton Higgins)
[coming] 25 July: Introduction to Early Buddhism (Bhante Jason)
[coming] 1 August: Dialogue between the traditions (Facilitated by Tina Ng)

Forgiveness for Everyone: a meditation course with Jeff Oliver

Forgiveness is an important spiritual practice; an act of generosity to others and oneself; an act of letting go of the past so as to open up to the here and now. As Jeff Oliver says, “Many people think they need meditation but what they really need is self forgiveness!”

This meditation course explored forgiveness through guided meditation and relaxation, followed by an overview of the technique of forgiveness.

The course was led by Jeff Oliver, who authored “Forgiveness for Everyone”. This is Jeff’s second book, which lays out a practical guide for practising forgiveness with a foundation of mindfulness and wisdom. You can access this ebook free of charge here.

Jeff grew up at Shelly Beach, Australia, and trained as a Buddhist monk for 9 years in Burma. Throughout that time, he learnt many great qualities of the heart, of which forgiveness is one of the most important. Jeff has been teaching meditation for over 20 years and he found that forgiveness is perhaps the greatest foundation and preparation for meditation and for being a great person, living in peace and harmony and with a loving heart.

The four faces of love: A meditation workshop with Ayya Aranya Devi

The Buddha taught meditations on love, compassion, joy and equanimity. They are called the four immeasurable minds, because our capacity for love and transformation is unlimited, measureless, vast.

We begin with kindness and acceptance for ourselves and find that this gently opens our hearts to include the whole world. We discover that we can be confident actually, because there is space for every kind of experience in our hearts.

Only the second part of this talk is available in this recording

About the teacher
Ayya Aranya Devi began practicing meditation in 1995. She was ordained in the Burmese Pa auk tradition in 2010, and she spent 2 & 1/2 years on retreat in Tusita monastery, a Pa auk branch from Malaysia. She has also studied with Bhante Sujato, does some odd jobs for suttacentral.net and has been an itinerant nun for the last 3 years. She likes finding ways to teach people how to find their true heart in meditation, since this leads to joy and to peace.

Basing Your Spiritual Practice In Gladness – by Ayya Santacari

Ayya Santacārī Bhikkhunī is the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of South Australia. She visited Sydney from Adelaide for a short period of time, and she gave a public talk at the Metta Centre on the importance of basing our Buddhist practice in gladness. Ayya Santacari’s talk references various Buddhist scriptures, and was an open space for sharing, discussion and reflection on our spiritual journey.

Ayya Santacari is a Buddhist nun, practising meditation for over 24 years. During that time she has learned and practiced many methods and approaches such as mindfulness, vipassana, tranquility, samatha, jhana and open awareness. Ayya Santacari has undertaken retreats in Adelaide, NSW, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and the USA. She has learned from esteem teachers such as Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Pa Auk Sayadaw, Sayalay Ariya Nani, Ayya Tathaaloka Theri, Ayya Sobhana Bhikkhuni, Ajahn Sujato, Ajahn Brahm, and Patrick Kearney.

Buddhism and Social Change by Tina Ng

Tina Ng asks whether its possible to be a Buddhist Lawyer or is it just a oxymoron? She explains how applies the Brahma Viharas – the four immeasurable qualities of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equinimity to her work in transforming the lives of those she works with through her work at Metta Legal

This talk was given at the Working at the Margins – Buddhist Practice for Social Change conference held at the Griffith University Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue

Healing the Heart by Venerable Wellawatte Seelagawesi Thero

When there is a wound on our body, we often tend to it, but when there is a wound in our hearts, we may dismiss it or not tend to it as we don’t know how to do so. Yet every day, we store emotional pain in our hearts and harbour harmful thoughts in our mind that aren’t properly acknowledged and cared for.

In this special session with Buddhist healer, Venerable Wellawatte Seelagawesi, we explore ways to understand our suffering, and ways to transform it.

Venerable Seelagawesi is the resident monk and spiritual guide at the Nissarana International Meditation Center in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He has spent numerous years teaching, healing, and guiding practitioners on the noble path at the Nissarana Centre, as well as giving talks and retreats internationally.

Body, Elements, Love, Mindfulness with Ayya Aranya Devi

We will be exploring the teachings on meditation given by the Buddha in the Mahārāhulovāda Sutta (the scripture where the Buddha gives advice to his son, Rahula) and putting this teaching into practice with guided meditation in this three-hour workshop. Join us as we explore body-based awareness with the four elements meditation, and meditation on loving-kindness.

In this sutta, the Buddha gives pragmatic guidance that leads us from ordinary, analytical thinking into the heart of awareness. This practice teaches us to let go of concerns and to get out of our own way, so that our meditation can unfold naturally, bringing us to wellbeing, wholeness and liberation. Read the whole sutta here.

Ayya Aranya Devi began practicing meditation in 1995. She was ordained in the Burmese Pa auk tradition in 2010, and she spent 2 & 1/2 years on retreat in Tusita monastery, a Pa auk branch from Malaysia.

She has also studied with Bhante Sujato, does some odd jobs for suttacentral.net and has been an itinerant nun for the last 3 years. She likes finding ways to teach people how to find their true heart in meditation, since this leads to joy and to peace.

Turning Inwards and Seeing into the Nature of the Mind – Ven. Dr. Vimokkha Medhino

Ven. Dr. Vimokkha Medhino (Phra Preeyong Arphonsuwan) shows how to go inwards in the practice of Samatha and Vipassana to develop a clear knowing mind through pragmatic approach.

Through simple explanation using right techniques in the practice, one can develop seeing into the nature of mind in daily life activities.

Ajahn Vimokkha is the Abbot of Wat Pippaliwanaram in Rayong. He obtained an M.A. (Buddhist Studies) and Ph.D.(Buddhist Studies) from Mahachulalongkorn University (MCU).

He has vast experience in insight meditation gained from his practicing under various renown meditation masters and from his own astute and intuitive exploration. He has been engaged by numerous organizations both in Thailand including Dhammasathan Chulalongkorn university and abroad such as Buddhist associations in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore.

His style of teaching meditation is as approachable, candid and experiential.

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