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The Symbolism of the Cosmic Refuge Tree and the Archetypal Guru

by Sangharakshita

Revealing the Three Esoteric Refuges of Tantric Buddhism, this lecture then describes the practices of Prostration and Guru-Yoga.

Talk given in 1971.

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

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1. A definition of the spiritual life (7:06) 
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2. Escape and escapism (10:10) 
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3. Hinayana and the Three Refuges (5:29) 
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4. Mahayana and the Three Refuges (6:21) 
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5. Vajrayana and the Three Tantric Refuges (4:56) 
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6. The Guru (2:13) 
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7. The Yidam (6:29) 
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8. The Dakini and Daka (3:48) 
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9. The Cosmic Refuge Tree (3:27) 
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10. The five lotuses (8:09) 
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11. The central lotus and the Archetypal Buddhas (4:29) 
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12. Symbolism of the Cosmic Refuge Tree (3:55) 
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13. The Prostration Practice (6:21) 
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14. Prostration (4:54) 
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15. Variations between the Tibetan Schools (6:21) 
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16. Lineage (5:34) 
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17. Guru Yoga (12:51) 


Total running time: 1:42:33

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