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Giving Up Asceticism and the Rose Apple Tree

by Nagasiddhi (2021)

In this fourth talk from the ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ retreat, Nagasiddhi traces the period after the Buddha’s going forth: as he masters meditation then turns towards extreme asceticism in his quest to overcome dukkha. Having taken himself to the brink of death, the Buddha-to-be finally realises that he must find his own ‘middle way’ to liberation.

Talk given online in April 2021.


This talk is one of a series given by Nagasiddhi at Rivendell Retreat Centre during the April 2021 home retreat ‘In the footsteps of the Buddha’ hosted by the Buddhist Centre Online. This magical week-long retreat explores the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to awakening using dharma talks, meditation, storytelling, puppetry and art.

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This talk is part of the series In the Footsteps of the Buddha.