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The Dharma and Denial

by Manjuka (2006)

"One cannot be what one should be merely by closing one's eyes to what one is." Manjuka's timely talk uses this aphorism by Sangharakshita to explore the often overlooked area of how Buddhist practice can, when misunderstood, lead to an ignoring of suffering in experience, rather than the transcendence of it through applied awareness and compassion. It's strong stuff - and its images encourage us to move beyond easy discourses of salvation to a grasp of the Buddha's teaching that is altogether more subtle and more likely to yield real change in our lives.

N.B. This talk was given to an invited audience of members of the Western Buddhist Order and assumes a degree of familiarity with the order and its history. The word 'Bhante' refers to Urgyen Sangharakshita, the order's founder.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, Men's National Order Weekend, February 2006

Total running time: 30:04