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The Symbolism of the Five Buddhas, ‘Male’ and ‘Female’

by Sangharakshita

The Buddha was born as we are born, and through his achievement symbolises human Enlightenment as a possibility for us all. But the Buddha is also said to have three 'bodies' (trikaya), and one of these bodies multiplies in Tantric Buddhism into numerous symbolic forms, notably the five Buddhas 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 'jungle' of the Tantra (15:02) 
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2. Bodhi (11:37) 
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3. Trikaya - Three Bodies (10:08) 
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4. The Five Buddha Mandala: (10:57) 
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5. Vairochana (12:19) 
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6. Akshobya (4:19) 
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7. Ratnasambhava (2:03) 
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8. Amitabha (4:47) 
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9. Amoghasiddhi (1:53) 
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10. Yab-Yums and sexual symbolism (9:48) 
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11. Akashadatesvari (1:53) 
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12. Lochana (1:31) 
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13. Mamaki (1:14) 
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14. Pandaravasini (1:37) 
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15. Tara (1:54) 
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16. Wrathful Forms - the Five Herukas (3:53) 
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17. Forms as aspects of Enlightenment (1:53) 


Total running time: 1:36:48

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