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The Word of the Buddha

by Sangharakshita

This lecture describes the various levels on which Enlightened Consciousness seeks to communicate itself to those who are unenlightened.

Talk given in 1972.

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1. What we celebrate on Dharmachakra Day (6:45) 
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2. Bahiya's request (6:01) 
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3. Teaching the Five Ascetics (9:54) 
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4. Buddhavachana and the oral tradition (6:50) 
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5. The highest level of Buddhavachana; the Buddhamind and the mantra OM (8:10) 
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6. Archetypal images, conceptual thought, and words (6:56) 
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7. Levels of transmission: i. Jinas; ii. Vidyadharas; iii. Acharyas (4:04) 
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8. Earliest sacred scriptures: the Vinaya ('monastic code') (5:27) 
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9. Dialogues and discourses of the Buddha (3:31) 
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10. Anthologies of sayings of the Buddha (4:38) 
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11. Abhidharma collections (2:13) 
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12. Mahayana Sutras: i. Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 lines ii. 'White Lotus of the True Teaching' iii. Lankavatara Sutra iv. Lalitavistara Sutra v. Gandhavyuha Sutra (7:21) 
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13. Tantras (1:03) 
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14. Three collections of the scriptures: i. Pali Tipitika ii. Chinese San Tsang iii. Tibetan Kangyur (2:47) 
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15. Manjughosha (Vagishvara) and the Buddha (5:28) 


Total running time: 1:21:08

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