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The Symbolism of Offerings and Self-Sacrifice

by Sangharakshita

In this lecture we are shown how the symbolism of ritual offerings originated in the Hinayana and Mahayana, and later flowered with the Tantric offerings, particularly the offering of the Mandala.

Talk given in 1971.

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

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1. The Buddha's gift of communication (18:32) 
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2. Making offerings to the Buddha (6:16) 
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3. Symbolism of offerings in the Hinayana (9:59) 
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4. Symbolism of offerings in the Mahayana (13:12) 
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5. The Buddha as Transcendental Guest (7:54) 
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6. Symbolism of offerings in the Tantra (9:43) 
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7. The Five Secret Tantric Offerings (2:25) 
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8. What is a Mandala? (14:26) 
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9. Offering of the Mandala (2:33) 
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10. Two simpler forms of Mandala Offering (5:08) 
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11. Self-sacrifice: the Chöd Practice (13:31) 


Total running time: 1:43:39

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