The wheel of life shows the six realms, corresponding to six kinds of mental states that can result from our actions. How can we recognise these states in everyday life and what can we do to live with a more fully human life? In this talk Satyajyoti, Pete and Dharmamayi share their personal experiences of three of these realms.
Satyajyoti talks about the realm of the titans and her transformation of competitiveness into appreciation; Pete recalls his experience of the realm of hungry ghosts and some suggestions of how to navigate out of this desert landscape. Dharmamayi gives vivid expression to life in the hell realm and shares her personal antidotes to this state of intense mental distress.
This series of talks explores three great Buddhist symbols that describe the way things are: the wheel of life, the spiral path and the ultimate goal of Enlightenment. Together they form a guide to escape from the ultimate vicious circle into the complete freedom and fulfilment of Awakening.
Questions for reflection and discussion:
If you wanted to leave the asura realm which wisdom would appeal to your desire for perfection? Is there a particular Buddhist text that you value and respect?
Which antidotes work best for you if you have entered the hell realm?
Recorded at Sheffield Buddhist Centre on 4.2.20