In 1978 the translation of the Padma Ka’i Thang (‘The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava) was published and quickly entered the bloodstream of our Sangha, with so many of us deriving tremendous inspiration from its extraordinary contents. Crucial to our reading of the text, were Bhante’s profound insights contained especially in a lecture given at the London Buddhist Centre in 1979, in which he read a number of extracts of the ‘Life and Liberation’ to illustrate the nature of ‘the Guru Principle’.
On this retreat, Padmavajra, following Bhante, will explore various aspects of the ‘Life and Liberation’. There will be talks, discussion groups, ritual readings from the book, puja and daily practice of the Padmsambhava Sadhana.
It is said that Padmasambhava has vowed to be with his disciples in times of great darkness, when the world seems to be sinking into the night. It is then, in particular that he shows his love, his awareness and his great transforming power.
Bhante says it best:
“Reading The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava one gets the impression not only of a vivid and powerful spiritual ‘personality’ heroically battling with the forces of evil but also of a stream of impersonal spiritual energy which is conterminous with historical Buddhism itself and which, intervening in the course of events age after age, and assuming a variety of forms, brings under its control all the swirling emotional-psychic energies which at one or another level of mundane existence obstruct the liberating influence of the Dharma… One indeed gets the impression that …the text sees not only the history of Buddhism but the whole course of mundane existence in terms of a conflict between the forces of light and the forces of darkness – a conflict in which the forces of light are concerned not simply to conquer but to transmute and transform.”
Check out Padmavajra’s extensive series of short talks called Lightning Flashes from the Blue Beyond recounting the Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava.
Life & Liberation of Padmasambhava
Led by Padmavajra
This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order
Start Date: 8th Oct 2021
End Date: 15th Oct 2021
Event Type: Residential
Price: £273 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £196 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))
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