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Initiation into the Alchemy of Love

by Padmavajra

This is the first in a great three-part series on 'The Alchemy of Love', Padmavajra's exploration of the transformative magic that is Bodhichitta practice. A short introduction to the theme here - setting the context for the series and introducing us to Shantideva, whose treatise on Bodhichitta practice (the Bodhicharyavatara) forms the basis of the wonders to be explored

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

This talk is part of the series The Alchemy of Love.

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1. Reading from the Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva; bowing to the Buddha; novelty and over-familiarity; a surge of inspiration (7:06) 
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2. Every moment favourable; Dogen - only alive right now; a precious opportunity; inspiration of the Buddha; the Great Work (5:15) 
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3. Capitalist tyranny and alchemy; Bodhichitta as elixir, agent of transformation; Wisdom, Love and Compassion perfectly conjoined (4:34) 
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4. Starting where we are - working with ordinary experience; working Bodhichitta into our consciousness - awareness and friendliness (2:22) 


Total running time: 19:17

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