In this beautiful talk on the supreme qualities of the Buddha, Venerable Canda encourages us to relate to these expansive qualities in a way that helps us see them within ourselves. Venerable encourages us to take the Buddha as our first teacher in the sense that we are taking refuge in his enlightenment experience and wisdom. The nature of the world with its three characteristics of existence (impermanence:anicca, dukkha:suffering, anatta: non-self), the Buddha is the embodiment of the solution to these problems. Drawing inspiration from the suttas, Venerable rouses a sense of awe and inspiration in each of the qualities of the Buddha followed by a guided meditation and insightful Q&A.
This teaching is part of a special 8-day online retreat called “Why We Suffer & How We Get Free,” given by Ajahn Brahmali and Ven Canda in support of Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project. The teachings explore two of the Buddha’s famous causal sequences, Dependent Origination and Dependent Liberation, which together reveal the entire course of human experience, through this world and beyond to Nibbana.
Anukampa is a UK Charity and pioneering project that is raising funds to develop the first Theravada Bhikkhuni Monastery in the UK, where women can train towards full ordination. Donations of any amount are very gratefully received to help us achieve this noble aim, welcome you as guests and continue to spread the priceless Dhamma teachings.
Ajahn Brahm is the Spiritual Adviser of Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project: https://anukampaproject.org/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNIW229Hx4MOF_ahakA67EA/featured
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