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Amitabha

by Saddhaloka

This is the fourth talk in a six-part series on the figures on the Wheel of Life. Saddhaloka introduces us to Amitabha, the red Buddha of the West who represents and inspires the highest love of all...

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, winter retreat, 1997

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1. Stepping off the Wheel of Life - unfolding magic and mystery; entering the Mandala - Akshobya, Ratnasambhava; travelling on - dwelling on images (7:19) 
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2. Reminders of the Buddha; the stupa and living presence (6:50) 
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3. The jewel of the Mandala; Amitabha, the red Buddha of the west; more than a name - looking beyond (4:09) 
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4. A reading from the Surangama Sutra - the world of the Jinas (Conquerors) (3:21) 
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5. Amitabha - Infinite Light, Amitayus - Infinite Life; the west - sunset; Sangharakshita's vision; Amitabha's mudra (gesture) of meditation; the lotus (10:01) 
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6. Amitabha's robe and begging bowl; acceptance (4:16) 
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7. The peacock of Amitabha; eating snakes, transmuting poison; the blue throat and thousand arms of Avalokiteshavara (4:01) 
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8. All-distinguishing Wisdom; the seed syllable HRI; hiri (positive shame) and otapa (positive blame) (4:12) 
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9. The Pureland of Sukhavati; Dharmakara's vow; the Pureland School (3:52) 
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10. Faith as metta (maitri - love) directed towards an ideal; depth versus intensity (5:08) 
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11. The Way of the White Clouds by Lama Govinda - a verse on Amitabha (4:60) 


Total running time: 58:09

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