Talks from the Triratna Buddhist Order European Men's Convention held at Adhisthana August 14-19 2014.
The men’s convention, the first to be held at Adhisthana, was based on Milarepa's final exhortation from ‘The Shepherds Search for Mind’ which provides a complete path, effortlessly combining devotion and meditation. Each day took a portion of the text and opened it out.
Day one (1st full day): Setting the scene & dhyana as the natural human state “When your body is rightly posed, and your consciousness absorbed deep in meditation, You may feel that thought and mind both disappear; Yet this is but the surface experience of Dhyana. By constant practice and mindfulness thereon, One feels radiant Self-awareness shining like a brilliant lamp. It is pure and bright as a flower, It is like the feeling of staring Into the vast and empty sky. The Awareness of Voidness is limpid and transparent, yet vivid. This Non-thought, this radiant and transparent experience Is but the feeling of Dhyana”.
Day Two: Devotion “With this good foundation, One should further pray to the Three Precious Ones.” “Dear son, the Virtue-seeker, bear this instruction in your consciousness”
Day Three: Bodhicitta “With the power of kindness and compassion, And with the altruistic vow of the Bodhi-Heart, He can see direct and clear The truth of the Enlightened Path, Of which nothing can be seen, yet all is clearly visioned”.
Day Four: Silent meditation day “…And penetrate to Reality by deep thinking and contemplation. He thus can tie the non-ego Wisdom With the beneficial life-rope of deep Dhyana”.
Day Five: the Goal “He sees how wrong were the fears and hopes of his own mind. Without arrival, he reaches the place of Buddha; Without seeing, he visions the Dharmakaya; Without effort, he does all things naturally”.