Moksatara and Maitrivasin share a talk on meditation, solitude and ‘the supreme mystery’. Moksatara expounds the Bodhicaryavatara’s teaching on hindrances to solitude, explaining how solitude can remove distractions and refine the pleasure we experience in meditation. Maitrivasin then explores approaches to the metta bhavana, sharing his personal experiences of walking in the shoes of others and developing empathy which is insight into the interconnectedness of all beings.
Part 9 in the ‘Path to Awakening’ Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre.
Points for reflection and discussion:
Would spending some time in solitude or on retreat benefit you?
Could the ‘supreme mystery’ of exchanging self and other be part of your metta bhavana meditation?
Read chapter 8 ‘Meditation’ of the condensed Bodhicaryavatara (available on the Sangha Night section of the website at the time this talk was uploaded) to accompany this week’s talk.
Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 24.09.19