In March 2009 EnlightenNext's Director of Education, Jeff Carreira, gave a presentation relating the development of American Philosophy to the spiritual teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment. During the presentation he shared the ideas and lives of some of America’s most celebrated visionaries and examined how consciousness and culture developed during times of enormous change and creative growth.
In Tibetan Buddhism it's taught that the three principles of the path - renunciation, bodhicitta and a correct understanding of emptiness - are the basis of the our spiritual progress. What exactly are these attitudes and how can we apply them to our lives right now? Are they just some outdated Tibetan trip that no longer fit with life in the west? And why are they supposed to be the basis for entering the tantric teachings?
"A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha will lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn