Friday, 25 September 2009

Palaka at Haylands Farm

On Sunday the 4th of October, Palaka is returning to the Island to lead a Dharma study day at Haylands Farm in Ryde. We will be starting at 10:00 a.m. and winding up at 4:00 p.m. bring vegetarian food to share.

The theme of the day is an exploration of the personal significances to be found and used in the symbolism of the '6 Realms' that appear in the 'Wheel of Becoming'.

Palaka says,

"What seems particularly relevant to me at the moment is the figure of the Buddha that appears in each of these realms (that of the gods, the titans, the hungry ghosts, the hells, the animals and the human realm - been in any of these yourself??). The teaching is that we can escape from the experience of emerging and re-emerging in these realms and that the escape is through the human realm. So a key question will be, 'How can I experience myself as more and more fully human?' In a way, the Buddha figures are answering this for us, offering ways towards experiencing more and more awareness. And so it's certainly not all about meditation! And it certainly is about the real significance of meditation and the 'spiritual life'."

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