This is the ninth in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. A quiet talk rooted in a thoughtful consideration of the Perfection of Patience. Forbearance in Reality is all and leads naturally, beautifully, to a wiser seeing of things, and a response that always allows for dignity.
Talks given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004
This talk is part of the series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits.
|1.||The last days of a retreat; the path of transformation (2:40)|
|2.||The story of the sutra so far - chapters 1-11; Conze's and Red Pine's thoughts on the first half of the sutra; the nature of the second half (9:58)|
|3.||The Bodhisattva's practice of patience (kshanti); the teaching as terrifying (4:01)|
|4.||A Jataka tale - the Buddha as the Bodhisattva Kshantivadin teaching patience to the wives of the King of Kalinga (7:11)|
|5.||Love and anger; forbearance and non-retaliation; forbearance of body - cosmetic surgery, impermanence and the six elements (8:08)|
|6.||Forbearance with things - with nature, what we make and build (Basil Fawlty's car); appropriation to appreciation (4:41)|
|7.||Forbearance with other people - feeling let down and retaliating; the Bodhisattva aspires to forebear; the imperfect as paradise - no justification for reactions (13:25)|
|8.||Self-respect and personal dignity in our responses - Dr Ambedkar's example; non-passive forbearance; unsupported loving kindness; no moral judgement - forgiving life itself (10:38)|
|9.||The ultimate patience of Wisdom - seeing the true nature of things (2:59)|
Total running time: 1:03:41