What it Means to be In Training

“Now, Kalamas, one who is a disciple of the noble ones — his mind thus free from hostility, free from ill will, undefiled, & pure — acquires four assurances in the here-&-now”.

On this retreat we’ll be delving into two very different Pali suttas: the very well known Kālāma Sutta and the lesser known Bhaddāli Sutta.

The Kālāmas from Kesaputta approach the Buddha because they are doubtful and uncertain about what to do. Many holy men have passed through their town before the Buddha, all teaching different things and all disparaging the teachings of other holy men. How can they decide which one to follow? The Buddha gives them a tool that helps them to come to a decision, based on their own experience. He follows this by teaching them how to practice the 4 Brahma Viharas, and the four assurances that his own disciples have. By the end of his discourse they become lay followers of the Buddha.

Bhaddāli is a long-standing bhikkhu, but not a very good one! He refuses to follow a training principle (sikkhapadam) laid down by the Buddha, and later realises that was a mistake. The Buddha then explains to him the consequences of not following the training, and describes what it means to be ‘one in training’ (sekkha).

Urgyen Sangharakshita led seminars on both of these suttas, and we’ll be looking at what he said in those seminars. We’ll also look at more contemporary translations of the suttas, and we’ll practice the meditations as taught by the Buddha in them.

What it Means to be In Training

Led by Ratnaguna and Team

This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Start Date: 29th Oct 2021
End Date: 5th Nov 2021
Event Type: Residential
Deposit: £78
Price: £273 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £196 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))

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