What…indeed the whole Bodhicaryāvatāra boils down to is this: With the help of urgent expostulations and rather subtle arguments Śāntideva is trying to talk us into being at least a little bit more unselfish – into considering the sorrows and sufferings of others as our own, and being sensitive to them as we are to our own. In other words, he is trying to talk us into devoting ourselves – in the Bodhisattva spirit – to helping relieve the whole mass of human suffering without going too much into whether it’s your suffering, or my suffering, or anybody else’s suffering. There’s a big…cloud hanging over the whole human race, and it needs to be dispelled by the united efforts of us all.”
These rousing final words of Sangharakshita’s 1973 seminar The Endlessly Fascinating Cry echo down the years to us here in 2021. The seminar has as its subject Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra – the great guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life dating from around 1300 years ago. Given when the Order was only 5 years old, the seminar explores many themes that can help us unlock our full potential as members of the spiritual community. On this retreat we will focus particularly on the chapters on patience and energy and discover all the ways in which the material is still relevant to us as Order members 50 years later and how we can harness our own joy and energy to help dispel that cloud.
Along with talks, study groups and puja there will also be the opportunity to do The Offering of the Mandala practice which symbolically connects us with the richness of what both what we’ve been given and what we can offer to the world.
Mining for hidden treasure: This event is based on material from seminar transcripts. Read further on how we approach this material here.
The Endlessly Fascinating Cry
Led by Candraprabha + Bodhivamsa
This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order
Start Date: 6th Aug 2021
End Date: 13th Aug 2021
Event Type: Residential
Price: £273 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £196 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))
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