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Encounters with Enlightenment

by Saddhaloka

Saddhaloka is the author of a book of re-tellings of stories from the Pali Canon, the oldest collection of texts about the life and teachings of the Buddha. Here Saddhaloka talks about the tradition of storytelling in Buddhism, and recounts some of his own favourites. His obvious love of the tales comes shining through - sit back and enjoy...

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2001

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1. Saddhaloka's first encounters with the Buddha; Nanamoli's Life of the Buddha; Bringing the Buddha alive in stories (5:03) 
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2. The Pali Canon; passing down and compiling the teachings; changes to stories over time; the Dhammapada (4:47) 
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3. Best-known stories brought together; humour and lightness in the scriptures (2:27) 
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4. The Story of Little Ugly (2:45) 
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5. The Story of an Insulting Brahmin (4:50) 
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6. The Story of Contradictor (3:25) 
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7. The Story of Rahula; deliberate lying and an empty ladle (3:34) 
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8. The Story of Sona's Sore Feet; tuning the lute (5:47) 
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9. The Story of the Buddha's Sneeze (2:59) 
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10. Ensuring the prosperity of the Order; seven teachings (5:47) 
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11. Stories from the Buddha's Final Days (2:54) 
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12. Hopes for 'Encounters with Enlightenment' (1:32) 


Total running time: 45:50

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