The Noble Eightfold Path is the Buddha’s methodology to lead us out of suffering. I will offer dharma talks on the entire spectrum for the remainder of Pine Gate’s Winter Study Session – beginning with Right View and the 4 Nutriments. This will be a series of foundation teachings, as everything in Buddhism comes around for this visit to the Eight Fold Path. Recommended reading is Thich Nhat Hanh’s “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” Part Two: The Eightfold Path. The dynamic nature of the Eightfold Path will be highlighted by emphasising how Mindfulness and Concentration are crucial to kick start the process by transforming Views into Insight. The views we hold strongly are often attitudes, perceptions and attachments that are capable of cascading through the other components of the Eightfold Path so that Thinking, Speaking and Action are modelled on wrong views. Right View is no view – rather it is insight, which is why Mindfulness and Concentration are required to start the engine of the Noble Eightfold Path.
“Heads up from Lisa!
Please see from minute 17:30 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfPJ6T-5Z9w
I think Thay was sending you a message!”
I was invited to an interview with Robert Sharpe on his radio show to highlight my two recent books – Redemption and Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with His Muse. Available at www.ianprattis.com However, the discussion began with Friends for Peace Canada, an organization I founded at the outbreak of the Iraq War. It then turned into a fascinating tapestry that covered Peace, Planetary Care and Social Justice, dharma and youth culture, universal energy and transformation – basically a litany of my life journey. Robert was very skillful in bringing out my views on karma, past lives, the future of the species and my training with Thich Nhat Hanh, Native American sages and with the Vedic tradition in India. This comprehensive conversation could have carried on for hours. Thankfully it is limited to one hour – so if you have the time and patience I encourage you to listen in – and please send in any questions that may arise.
Robert also asked about the next book – the end point of a trilogy. Here I take characters from the prior books and place them in the future on a new planet. One from the 18th century gets there by shamanic means, Three characters from the 21st century arrive by space ship. This new adventure explores the future while looking back at the conditions that crippled the earth,