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Living Backwards

by Vadanya (2019)

Tantric Buddhism begins at the highest point: Enlightenment. Vadanya explores the yidam visualisation practice, a defining feature of Tantric Buddhism which enables us to live from our future potential rather than letting the past govern how we are.

By keeping constant mindfulness on a Buddha or Bodhisattva that embodies Enlightenment for us, we can bring the future into our present experience and live filled with confidence, joy, wisdom and awareness. In a sense, Vajrayana practitioners are like magicians: living backwards, transforming and liberating their minds.

This sangha night theme explores the scary, exhilarating, radical and challenging nature of the true Dharma. Over the course of these talks we will be forging a Western tantra to bring the spirit of Vajrayana teachings into our here and now.

Questions for reflection and discussion:
Is there a Buddha or Bodhisattva figure that you connect with?
How would your future self advise you to act today if you could hear them?

Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 12.11.19