About Way of Bodhi
The Way to inner freedom, peace, compassion and responsiveness.
‘Way of Bodhi’ is about embarking on a journey of life with inner freedom, peace, wisdom, compassion and responsiveness. It goes beyond the limits of religions and dogmas, to discover the Buddha within - our own innately perfect qualities.
Peace, happiness and excellent qualities naturally flourish if we abandon dogmatic positions and learn to clearly see the nature of ourselves, the world and our co-inhabitants of the world. When the warmth of wakeful awareness (bodhi) melts the boundaries of dogmas, there is the great expanse of wisdom and kindness. Awakening is not a distant goal. It can be discovered in every moment. Awakening is not at the end of the Way, it is in walking the Way. By living with wakeful awareness and insight, we can turn every moment of life into another instance of freedom, openness, clarity, simplicity, peace, loving kindness and compassion.
The Way that the Buddha taught is not about finding perpetual refuge elsewhere. It is about growing up and standing on one’s own feet. Buddhism does not teach a rigid roadmap to follow religiously. Rather, it teaches how to observe and develop insight, and thus to melt away whatever dogmas and concepts obstruct ones awakening (See Way of Bodhi - An Open Way). The Way is cultivated through (i) the wisdom gained through observation, analysis and understanding, (ii) the meditations that brings pliancy and deepen the wisdom, and (iii) the wise conduct that extends wisdom and inner qualities into outer action. (See Living in Spacious Awareness).
The cultivation of wisdom is not by learning a new dogma, but in unlearning all layers of them, to reality as it is. There are varieties of views through which one can set out on the journey on the Way, depending upon how much of dogmas one has unlearned. There are also varieties of meditations and possible modes of conduct depending upon one’s level of understanding. Many such Ways are taught in the practice traditions such as Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Zen, Mantrayana, Paramita-yana, Theravada, etc. And, one sets out on one’s journey by figuring out the Way that most suits one’s own temperament. The role of a guide is in imparting knowledge for the journey and in helping in the process of making the right selection throughout the journey.
At ‘Way of Bodhi’, through discourses, writings, dialogues and personal discussions, we facilitate people to embark upon their journey to inner peace, wisdom and noble qualities. “Way of Bodhi” is based in Bangalore, India, and we also give discourses in others part of India such as Kerala.
May people of all religions, atheists and agnostics equally benefit from ‘Way of Bodhi’ in turning their lives into expression of wisdom, compassion and openness! May all be able to cut across the clinging to various doctrines and walk free from religion in the light of direct wisdom! May there be happiness and peace in the world!
-Yogi Prabodha Jnana & Yogini Abhaya Devi