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This is the first in a five part series by Padmavajra on all aspects of the Metta Bhavana practice and 'The Great Love' in Buddhist discourse and practice - from metta (loving kindness) itself to Bodhichitta. His starting point here is to source notions of love in traditional teaching from the Pali Canon and in the great Mahayana sutras. A refreshing take on metta and how to cultivate it in your life.
Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004
|1.||The Great Love - Maha Maitri; Sangharakshita's teaching of the metta bhavana being revolutionary; importance of metta bhavana (3:56)|
|2.||Centrality of emotion; catching up with what we know - transforming emotion; alchemy (2:21)|
|3.||Metta leading to insight; Karaniya Metta Sutta; liberation of the heart (1:48)|
|4.||The honesty of the classic, five-stage metta bhavana; aim of the practice; imagination - artist of your mind; friendliness to all life (3:31)|
|5.||No end to love; ecstatic, spontaneous emotion - expressed in deeds; story of Burmese gentleman (2:58)|
|6.||Ideal of metta daunting; importance of bhavana - a tendency rather than a state; gentle and irresistable; starting point is friendly feelings; any positive emotion is extraodinarily important, what you concentrate on, that you become (4:48)|
|7.||Breaking down the boundaries - metta like a surging river; need to acknowledge our feelings; honesty of response - non duality; maha maitri; the great love as an expression of emptiness (4:37)|
|8.||Vimalakirti Nirdesha Sutra - reading of conversation between Manjughosha and Vimalakirti; maya-like nature of all things - beings are highly maleable; fixing people causes suffering (4:01)|
|9.||Manjushri's question; Vimalakirti describes the great love (2:50)|
|10.||Quote from Sangharakshita on love and emptiness - love as a force affecting a miraculous transformation; quote from Rumi on love; seed of self-transcendence in friendly feeling (3:21)|
Total running time: 34:11