This Sutta is closely related to the Four Noble Truths: the first Truth being that there is suffering - old age, sickness, separation, and death. But, the Buddha doesn't stop there! He found out that, even though these inevitably exist, there is a way out of suffering them. The Sutta is a reminder that we,… Continue reading Episode 58: Upajjhatthana Sutta – Subjects for Contemplation
Being a Buddha may not be what you imagined... is a Buddha reserved for one man, Shakyamuni? Does he have to lay on his right side and appear as calm as in deep sleep? Does a Buddha wear long orange robes, engage in Tantric Green Tara visualisation, or sit on a cushion for hours a… Continue reading Episode 57: Being a Buddha and Loving Your Enemy
Good afternoon, and welcome to the Curious Bodhi Podcast! On our show, we are talk about one of the most mysterious and misunderstood terms in Buddhism. This is the notion of "not-self" or Anatta. The Buddha taught the Middle Way between eternalism and nihilism. In Zen, they say: "if your mind is leaning [to the… Continue reading Episode 54: Understanding “Not-self” in Buddhism
It is quite a bold statement to utter that Dharma is "the best path" in any capacity! Dharma is more like a best path for those who want to explore it. Dharma is offered via the Buddha's teachings within a vast network of writings, which began with the Three Baskets. The best part of the… Continue reading Episode 52: Dharma Doors: Is Dharma the Best Path?
Shambhavi is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula: a non-profit community with spots in both Oregon and California. Shambhavi is a long-time practitioner of Trika (or Kashmiri) Shaivism. What is this ancient and beautiful tradition? Similar to other direct realisation paths, like the Tibetan Dzogchen, and even Advaita Vedanta, this path takes everyday experience and… Continue reading Episode 49: Trika Shaivism and Waking Up — Interview with Shambhavi