Meghiya was an impetuous attendant of the the Buddha determined to pursue the practice of meditation at any cost, even if it means leaving his master unattended.
By telling the story in his own words Kamalashila breathes life into a character whose basic attitudes are relevant today.
Throughout his tale Kamalashila elaborates on many issues relating to meditation and the human condition, as well as concluding with foundations upon which meditation can be truly effective.
In this talk, strongly influenced by his own practise of Brahmacharya, Kamalashila speaks about renunciation and Going Forth.
With reference to the field of the Bodhicitta he touches on areas such as Brahmacharya, the mystery of embodiment, and vows as effect rather than cause.
The Buddha's response to Meghiya's impetuous desire for spiritual development is as applicable today as it was in the Buddha's time. Using the Meghiya Sutta to illustrate, Kamalashila speaks about the need to work against the basic gravitational pulls of greed hatred and delusion. He looks, in particular, at the importance of commitment, the contemplation of the 'unlovely', and the cultivation of Metta.
Part of the 1998 Sangharakshita Lectures