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Evoking Shakyamuni

a series of talks by Various

*** Note: this series has a mix of 'Order only' and 'open to all' talks - if you are an Order member please log in to access all eight talks.***

An online retreat led from Adhisthana in 2020 by a team who all took the Shakyamuni sadhana at ordination: Saddhanandi, Saddharaja and Maitreyaraja.

Using the Dhaniya Sutta as a study text in which to come face to face with the Buddha, as Bhante says:

‘…it represents Everyman confronted by something quite existential: confronted by higher and further possibilities of human existence. So the Buddha meets, or confronts, or challenges Dhaniya as the complacent person, the self-satisfied person, the successful person confronted by a higher spiritual challenge; confronted by what it is possible to be or to do… it is not easy to be touched by the Dharma when you’re satisfied in life, or self-satisfied, but it isn’t necessarily easier to be touched by it when you are unsatisfied. In other words, you’ve got to be really disillusioned and not just disgruntled.

This confrontation is not only specific to meeting Shakyamuni, it is one of the universal themes of the spiritual life – an individual path of aspiration, of following a noble quest, of responding to the kalyana and a confrontation with a vision. It is a path that involves choices and a deepening relationship with one’s ideals and values. So, this retreat is intended to be relevant to all, whatever your sadhana.'