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The Symbolism of the Tibetan Wheel of Life

by Sangharakshita

The Wheel of Life, described here in all its wealth of detail, is not really a painting but a mirror, giving one successively more profound insights into yourself, and revealing the next step in escaping the endless round.

Talk given in 1971.

This talk is part of the series Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment.

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1. Introduction (9:30) 
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2. What is the Tantra? What is a symbol? (7:15) 
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3. Historical development of the Tantra (5:23) 
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4. The hub and second circle of the Wheel of Life (4:42) 
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5. The third circle of the Wheel of Life (10:25) 
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6. The outer circle and outside the Wheel (3:34) 
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7. The Wheel of Life as a mirror (10:58) 
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8. The Six Worlds (6:50) 
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9. The Buddha of the World of the Gods (6:28) 
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10. The Buddha of the World of the Ashuras (7:21) 
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11. The Buddhas of the World of Pretas and the World of Tormented Beings (4:07) 
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12. The Buddhas of the World of the Animals and the World of Men (2:42) 
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13. Good seeds, bad seeds, and Buddha seeds of the Six Worlds (8:14) 
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14. A final look into the mirror (6:52) 


Total running time: 1:34:21

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