Viryaja, Toowoomba, Australia
Ratnaghosha, FBA Chairman
Colum, London, UK
Ratnavyuha, Auckland, NZ
Sangharakshita, Birmingham, UK
Vidyamala, Manchester, UK
Buddhasiha, Ipswich, UK
Suvarnagarbha, Cambridge, UK
A significant new series of talks by Vishvapani to launch his book ‘Gautama Buddha – Life And Teachings Of The Awakened One’ (Quercus, 2011). Now available exclusively on Free Buddhist Audio, this superb five-talk series highlights various key themes woven into the legendary accounts of the Buddha’s life and the historical records of his great vision of reality that have come down to us through the ages.
Bringing a broad cultural awareness and a depth of personal practice to bear on his subject, Vishvapani's biography of Gautama takes us into the world he inhabited, offering glimpses of the Buddha's personality and exploring his relationship with nature and his own society as evidenced in the earliest Buddhist texts. The insights afforded into our own conditioning and cultural context are both profoundly revealing and challenging.
The talks are supplemented by a bonus recording of a fascinating discussion between Vishvapani and renowned psychologist Dorothy Rowe on ‘Buddhism, Science and Reality – How Can We Understand Ourselves?'
Essential listening by any standards.