“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön

 

The 3 Aspects of Faith – Prasadachitta

Dec 11, 2022

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Prasadachitta talks about the appeal of Buddhism and the concept of 'Stream Entry' — the initial point at which one is drawn to Buddhism and enlightenment. He shares what drew him to Buddhism and how it relates to the concept of faith. Then he explores how expanding our thinking about what is possible and worthwhile can enliven and broaden our practice. 

He explains that Stream Entry involves the falling away of: 

  • Doubt and indecision
  • A fixed identity
  • Superficial rights and rituals

He also responds to the question of the role of worship in Buddhism, that what we worship and appreciate is actually the value of the dharma.  
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Prasadachitta was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2011 and he became the Chair of the San Francisco Buddhist Center in April 2022. He was born on a “back to the land” commune in rural Northern California and that background has inspired his engagement with others in building the SFBC’s rural meditation center called Dharmadhara. He also helped to establish a community of sangha members who support the retreats there. He supports himself as a documentary filmmaker and photographer but his real life’s work is training others who want to practice Buddhism within the Triratna Buddhist Community.

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