A Relational Dhamma Integrates the Arahat and Bodhisattva Visions of the Buddhist Path (and why this matters to our living Dhamma path)

With Gregory Kramer Nathan Glyde recorded on March 3, 2019.

Found our teachings useful? Help us continue our work and support your teachers with a donation. Here’s how.

Gregory writes: “The early Buddhist vision of the arahat ideal is sometimes taken to imply that individual awakening is the sole aim of the Path whereas the later Buddhist vision of the bodhisattva ideal centers on the liberation of all beings. The gap between practice aimed at solitary awakening and practice aimed at liberation of all beings sets up a false dichotomy that is potentially alienating and confusing. How should I be living and practicing to fully realize the potential of the Buddha’s teachings?

In this talk I’ll address how a relational understanding of the human experience necessitates a relational understanding of the Buddha’s teachings and introduce interpersonal meditation practices that emerge from these teachings. By incorporating the understanding of our deeply relational nature into our Dhamma path, we heal the unnecessary gap generated by conflicting individual, relational, and social perspectives on life, practice, and awakening. Personal freedom, unconstructed intimacy that manifests as love and compassion with another, and a just, equitable and flourishing society are all part of the Dhamma.”

Listen to the audio version below, or click here to download the mp3.

Discover more from the Dharma Library

  • Embodying cultural diversity: dancing with the basket of virtue

    Our Sangha has been predominately white since it branched off from the Asian countries. This Dharma talk offers a path for deeper inquiry and greater insight into how we can embody cultural diversity. The Eight Noble Truths will guide us toward a healthier way of conducting ourselves in the arena of cultural diversity, taking a…

    Read More

  • Honoring our ancestors, healing our ancestors.

    As we prepare for Halloween and All Souls Day, we explore how we can practice the wisdom of interbeing to help us nurture the wholesome seeds our ancestors transmitted to us and transform the unwholesome habit energies we have received from them.

    Read More

  • Daily Meditation Recordings, with Caverly Morgan – Week of May 4

    We’re very grateful to have Caverly Morgan hosting our Daily Meditation Series for North America. To find out more about Caverly, and to view her past recordings and contributions to Sangha Live, click here. Monday, May 4 Releasing ownership, releasing suffering Wednesday, May 6 Seeing through the veil of the conditioned mind Friday, May 8…

    Read More

  • The beauty of the spontaneous movement of life

    Nowadays, for most of us, life is so full, so fast and dispersed in so many directions: jobs, partners, children, family, house, everyday duties, mobile phone, internet, responsibility, stress, tiredness, worries … and when we find a small space, we fill it with hobbies, friends, sports, TV and every other little thing we usually don’t…

    Read More

  • Confidence in the Dhamma, Confidence in Yourself

    As we attune to the truth of impermanence (anicca) the very preciousness of life itself begins to penetrate our awareness: the flowers will not last forever, our dear friends will come and go, those we love will grow old. Even how we chop our vegetables matters if we wan’t to be touched by the the…

    Read More

  • Sometimes Bodhisattvas need a rest!

    The life of a bodhisattva can be tough. There is immense suffering on our planet at this moment in history. It can be joyful work, but it can also be difficult to live a life aligned with values such as serving others with compassion. How can the wisdom of the dharma help? Join Nina La…

    Read More