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.
Bhante Akaliko will present a prerecorded talk, followed by a guided meditation and a discussion, live via Zoom, about the transformative effect of samvega and how we can use it in our practice.
Please be sure to register so we can email you the links before the class.
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. Part of the dana you give goes to the teacher, to help him continue his efforts to spread the Dhamma. And part of the dana you give goes to maintain the Library so it can offer more teachings on the Dhamma in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers to continue to spread the Dhamma.