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Death and Desire

by Padmavajra

This is the second in a great three-part series on 'The Alchemy of Love', Padmavajra's exploration of the transformative magic that is Bodhichitta practice. Using Shantideva's 'Bodhicharyavatara' as a root text, he brings us face to face with the big questions implicit in any life that seeks to embrace change and impermanence as facts of Reality. An excellent, strong talk - good medicine for hard times.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

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

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1. Shantideva's legendary laziness; his nickname - 'Lazy Bum' (3:34) 
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2. Attempt to humiliate Shantideva - presentation of the Bodhicharyavatara; praising the Bodhisattva (5:03) 
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3. Shantideva's practice; Manjughosha - Shantideva's vanishing; reappearing as a yogin; living the teaching amongst the people- not underestimating people (4:30) 
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4. Importance of the Bodhicharyavatara; Bodhisattva ideal as spirit of the WBO; a manual for spiritual practice; need for patience in the sangha (3:45) 
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5. The alchemy of happiness - ordinary human experience; What do we know? Inevitability of death - the meaning of life (3:59) 
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6. Confession of faults - powerful expressions of human situation; small-mindedness in the context of life and death; a reading of the confessional verses (2:46) 
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7. Rebirth - facing the existential situation; asking what life is for - facing the actual (2:26) 
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8. Padmavajra's father's death - in the realm of the dead; finding meaning in acknowledging death and meeting heart to heart; life too short to waste (2:37) 
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9. Fleeting nature of all experience - everything immediately becoming memory; painting never captures a thing in itself; experience like quicksilver - vivid experience without essence like a dream (3:25) 
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10. Two aspects of Bodhichitta; vision of emptiness as key to spiritual alchemy - life itself as transformation (2:54) 
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11. To look at change is to begin the Great Work; questions about life bringing about change - anything could happen (3:00) 


Total running time: 37:59

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