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The Dharma of Faerie Tales (Course)
Tue. 23 May 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEST
The Dharma of Faerie Tales
Date: Tues 25 April - Tues 23 May
Time: 7pm - 9pm
with Bhante Pandit
Ground your meditation and enlightenment practice in the gripping motifs of these five stories…
Faerie Tales are not just children’s stories. They are not just morality tales and they are not aimlessly gruesome and bizarre by turn. Good Faerie tales follow clear story devices that become obvious when pointed out. These motifs present dharma to the psyche in the most powerful way possible – direct to the unconscious mind. They are waking dreams that structure the mind subliminally and provide models for living.
Modern society has lost the art of understanding Faerie Tales, and opted instead for bland morality tales for children. European Faerie stories are an ancient art, and date all the way back to the Aryan people who took the message of Enlightenment across half the globe.
The Buddha used story to make his point. All great teachers did. But here, for the first ever time, we will use Western Faerie tales to convey the Buddha’s teaching of liberation. You won’t find this information in any other place!
These 5 talks are with Pandit Bhikkhu, an Englishman ordained as a Buddhist monk for 20 years. Each story directly relates to the path of meditation.
Come guide your practice with these ancient tools!
25th April – The Three Languages
Religion deals in lofty ideals – Gods and heavens; creation of the world, and stories of great men. It says of itself ‘I am the truth’. Spirituality starts at the other end of the scale. It starts with the understanding ‘I suffer’. From that stand point, it is possible to be humble. ‘I don’t know’ is better than the most fanciful concepts. It is the beginning of real practice.
2nd May – The Strange Musician
This haunting and stark story is one of the most beautifully crafted of all Faerie Tales. But it needs some deciphering to access its wisdom. It deals with the most important question – not of ideology, but of ‘what needs to be done’.
9th May – The Name of the Helper
(Rumpelstiltskin and related story) Who can forget the image of the enraged gnome Rumpelstiltskin stamping his foot? The story carries a common motif – that of finding the name of the demon. This is pure Vipassana – what the Buddha called ‘Disentangling the Tangle’.
16th May – Jack and the Beanstalk
One of the most silly memories of people who were ever children! But it is not quite what it seems. Embedded within is the secret to the mystic path of all cultures. Yes, really!
23rd May – The Grateful Beasts
The most Mahayana of all stories, this powerful story reverses the usual motifs, and we enter into the paradigm of desire transformation. But not before the eyes are put out and the legs broken. This is the empowerment of self-mastery, in a living, lucid dream.
Pandit Bhikkhu is a British born ordained Buddhist monk who lives and works from Bangkok. While Pandit was searching aimlessly one day for something to read in a quiet library, he came across a book on Buddhism, and was inspired to investigate further on the topic. After having completed a number of meditation retreats in the UK, he entered the temple at the age of 24, and finally taking full ordination in Thailand in 1996. Since then he took a degree in Psychology and is completed a Masters in Buddhist Studies at Mahaculalongkorn University, just north of Bangkok.
Having had experience in meditation styles of Mahasi Sayadaw, Ajahn Chah, Dhammakaya and some Tibetan, Pandit Bhikku claims no lineage other than Buddhism. His own approach uses reflection on the six senses to hold the mind in empty alert awareness, but there are various techniques that are useful at different times in one’s practice. So long as you are making an effort, with the right goal in mind, progress will be made.
All Sessions by Dana.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?”
This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course (e.g., administrative & venue costs). You are welcome to ask for a receipt for your dana which is tax deductible.