Vadanya begins the new theme with a talk on desire: how to really want to move towards Enlightenment. He introduces the Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva’s legendary text on the guide to the path of awakening, which forms the basis for this series of talks. What attitudes must we develop if we are to begin on this path? By starting with desire and cultivating the five viniyatas (object-determining mental states) we can achieve any goal we choose. Part 1 in the ‘Path to Awakening’ Sangha night series at Sheffield Buddhist Centre.
Points for reflection and discussion:
How does it feel to reflect on your future, wiser self?
How good would it be to become like this?
What immediate goal do you want to achieve, spiritually or otherwise?
Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre 23.07.19