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Parables from the White Lotus Sutra - The Return Journey

Parables from the White Lotus Sutra - The Return Journey

Wednesday 27 March 2024 3:31pm – 5:31pm

Part of the Parables from the White Lotus Sutra series. 

The White Lotus Sutra is a popular and ancient text originating over 1000 years ago. It uses the entire cosmos for its stage, employs a multitude of mythological beings as actors and "speaks almost exclusively in the language of images as it explores Buddhist faith and practice. It has a cast of thousands and doesn't always make rational sense, rather like some modern sci-fi dramas. In this series we will be looking at a number of very evocative parables which are contained within the text.

In this second week Mark will be exploring the parable of ‘The Return Journey’ and the questions and teachings which this parable has contained within it.

It tells the story of a son who leaves his father to travel widely. Unfortunately the young man does not do well and through the years becomes poor and destitute and lacking in self confidence. meanwhile his father thrives in business, amassing untold riches as he grows older but missing his son who he loves. Eventually the son, ragged hungry and fearful, arrives back in his fathers town looking for work. He sees this rich merchant dealing with his customers but doesn't recognises him. The father however recognises his son but when he sends his servants after him, the son is frightened and fearful of being imprisoned so he runs away. The wise father has to tread very carefully but eventually comes up with a plan to put his son at ease and restore a deep connection with him.

As with all the parables there are deep and helpful messages contained in this story which we will be exploring on the night

 All over 18 are welcome. Newcomers are very welcome.

No need to book, just turn up.

The evening is freely given but we would very much appreciate a donation of £8-£12, or whatever you can give, to help cover our costs. York Buddhist Centre depends for its existence almost entirely on donations from those who use it. No one is paid at YBC. Please support us if you can.