Meditation in the Theravada Abhidhamma

Acclaimed scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi guides us expertly through the study of meditation in the Theravada tradition. In ten lessons based on the Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Abhidhammattha Sangaha), he examines chapter 9, “The Compendium of Meditation Subjects.” This important chapter can be considered the culmination of the entire Abhidhamma system as it offers a framework for the practice of meditation leading to realization—a concise overview of the whole path explained in detail in the Visuddhimagga, or Path of Purification, by the great fifth-century scholar Buddhaghosa. In his signature lucid style, Bhikkhu Bodhi explores two aspects of classical Buddhist meditation: samatha (serenity) and vipassanā (insight), aimed respectively at samādhi (concentration) and the realization of the paths and fruits. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of the entire terrain of Buddhist meditation, from beginning to end.

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Lama Tsultrim Allione: Path of the Sacred Feminine

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In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Lama Tsultrim Allione, teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and author of Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Lama Tsultrim is also founder and spiritual director of Tara Mandala Retreat Center in southern Colorado. In this rich conversation, you’ll hear Lama Tsultrim tell stories from her remarkable spiritual journeyfrom her ordination by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa as a young woman, to her studies with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Years later, after starting a family and the tragic death of one of her children, Lama Tsultrim began a path toward the sacred feminine, and began researching the role of women in Buddhism. She talks about giving up her vows after being a nun, how motherhood became a form of spiritual training for her, as well as her experiences as a feminist Dharma practitioner. Lama Tsultrim addresses the urgency of women’s issues in both Buddhism and in the world large, as well as remedies for healing through spiritual practice.

About the Interviewee

Lama Tsultrim Allione is an author, internationally known Buddhist teacher, and the founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala Retreat Center. She is the author of Women of Wisdom, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, and her most recent book, Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Her writings and teachings come from her sublime Tibetan lamas as well as her experience as a Western woman and mother. Lama Tsultrim continues to guide Tara Mandala, as the resident lama, as well as thousands of students around the world. She was named Buddhist Woman of the Year in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Bio and images courtesy Lama Tsultrim Allione and Pietro Bulgarelli

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