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This is the fourth in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. A fascinating take on the relationship between form and imagination acts as backdrop to a deeper consideration of several chapters. Topics range from the Vedas to the heights of Victorian artistic and aesthetic discourse - but, again, the sutra leads us beyond all boundaries...
Talks given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004
This talk is part of the series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits.
|1.||Summary of chapters 1-4; reading of chapter 5 - Buddhahood and the 32 marks (3:31)|
|2.||The possession of marks (lakshana sampad); Vedic myth - the cosmic man; the wheel-turning monarch; the Buddha's humanity (4:56)|
|3.||The Buddha and his marks in the Pali Canon (2:44)|
|4.||The Buddha's marks in the Mahayana; the Merit Body of the Buddha; other bodies (3:42)|
|5.||How do we view and resonate with the ideal of Enlightenment? The person of the Buddha - personhood (3:12)|
|6.||The effect of the Protestant Reformation on images; images of the Buddha; significant images (5:19)|
|7.||Engaging imagination and emotion; visualisation - connection (4:28)|
|8.||Looking deeply into the form of the Buddha; Ruskin on Apollo; entrances to the inconceivable (4:47)|
|9.||The marks bounded by time, space and perception; doorways to the Dharmakaya - no marks as marks (2:03)|
Total running time: 34:42