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The Great Love and the Goddess

by Padmavajra

This is the second of two talks exploring the Mahayana Sutra called The Vimalakirti Nirdesa. With great passion and imaginative exploration, Padmavajra focuses on the theme of Great Love from chapter 6 of the sutra. He describes how the bodhisattva, due to his understanding of the profound impermanence of all things, wanders through a landscape of wonder seeing all beings as magical creations or mirages. He sees all beings as cleansed of limiting views and as a mass of beautiful potential. Out of this insight arises Great Love or Maha Maitri which is said to provide a refuge for all beings, has no klesas, is generous and is a wake up call.

Towards the end of the talk Padmavajra evokes the goddess figure who appears in chapter 7 of the sutra and suggests that her extraordinarily beauty embodies this Great Love.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2009

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