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Loving What Is

by Vajrapriya

Here's a great, down to earth yet thoroughly uplifting talk on 'Metta' or 'Loving Kindness' by the excellent Vajrapriya. Complete with a lovely introduction and summary by the similarly splendid Jnanavaca.

This was given on the Padmaloka men's weekend event in January 2008.

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1. Who Vajrapriya is and what his name means (3:13) 
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2. The panther is right behind you - Ways of looking at metta (3:60) 
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3. The 5 members of the buddha family- their positive and negative aspects; a) the mirrorlike Vajra-family (4:37) 
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4. b) The generous Ratna-family - jewelborn, wishfulfilling and sunny (1:20) 
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5. c) The red Padma-family, warm and loving (1:38) 
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6. d) Amoghasiddhi - the green Buddha and head of the Karma-family; the 'Action' Buddha (3:33) 
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7. e) Vairochana - the white, the central Buddha, spacious head of the whole buddha family (2:40) 
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8. 'Metta'-physical - a different model of Metta, Vajrapriya's personal ways to work with patterns (3:14) 
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9. The fear of suspending all judgements and criticism, the distorted mirror still thinks it is objective (4:25) 
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10. Techniques to work with patterns; a) mindfulness and awareness, learn from your inner responses and reactions (5:26) 
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11. b) Metta-bhavana, a laboratory of awareness, finding out where metta flows easily and if there are any blocks (5:04) 
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12. c) Conscious appreciation and rejoicing, noticing the positive aspects of the people around you (1:36) 
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13. d) What causes hatred. The short buddhist answer is dukkha, grasping dukkha as dukkha (5:05) 
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14. e) Loving what is, dukkha as part of being human, to make the imperfect perfect it is enough to love it (3:33) 
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15. f) The final technique, negative mental states as a failure of perspective; to understand is to forgive (3:05) 
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16. Let the heart and mind be as spacious as possible, summary of the talk, the kinesthetic essence- open up, be spacious (2:49) 
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17. One more practice- puja - open up to a larger reality, applause and gratitude (2:43) 


Total running time: 58:01

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