The Buddhist concept of samvega is the complex emotional response that comes from realising the precarious nature of our existence. It arises when we glimpse the reality of the endless cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death. But samvega is not pessimistic nihilism. Rather, it is a positive and awe-inspiring realisation that helps propel us along the spiritual path.
Join Bhante Akaliko for a guided meditation and a discussion about the transformative effect of samvega and how we can use it in our practice.
The online link will be available closer to the start date.
Bhante Akaliko is an Australian monk in the Theravada forest tradition. He first encountered Buddhism as a teenager and spent over twenty years practising in different traditions before taking full ordination with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor. Venerable Akaliko’s teaching brings the Buddha’s timeless wisdom to today’s problems, helping people find peace and happiness in their lives.
All Sessions are by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a 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.