Dharma Life Skills 2 – Personal Mandalas

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Dharma Life Skills: Episode 2

Building a Dharma Roadmap with Personal Mandalas

Written by Mitra Kim

The Dharma is a path that leads toward Enlightenment, but like all good road trips there are several points along the way. This week in our Dharma Life Skills Discussion we will pause to consider where we are now and where the next leg of the journey will take us!

With reference to Vessantara’s talk “Entering the Mandala,” we will undertake the art project he describes around 30 minutes into his talk, by drawing our lives as Personal Mandalas. What is at the center of our lives? What is important to us? What do we spend a lot of time doing and thinking about currently?

After drawing out our own Personal Mandalas we will discuss them in terms of the Dharma by asking questions like:

  • How integrated are our lives? Are there areas that are disconnected from each other?
  • How does the central point of our Personal Mandalas hinder or support our practice?
  • Does looking at our lives in these terms help us see something that we haven’t noticed before?

After that we will think about whether there are any small changes we can make the journey toward Enlightenment a little more direct. Hopefully we will leave with a new perspective on our path and one helpful change to try out in the coming week.

We hope to see you there on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:15 pm!

If you haven’t heard Vessantara’s talk, you can find it on here on Free Buddhist Audio.

If you want to learn more about the Mandala of the Five Buddhas referenced in his talk, there are several other Podcasts you can find by searching for you can find more resources by clicking here.

 

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