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The Meaning of Parinirvana

by Sangharakshita

A lecture celebrating the anniversary of the Parinirvana or 'death' of the Buddha. It outlines six basic meditation practices crucial to the attainment of the 'Deathless': Enlightenment.

N.B. Last few words missing.

Talk given in 1972.

This talk is part of the series Parinirvana Day.

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1. Going for Refuge; important Buddhist festivals (10:54) 
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2. Meditation: i.integration, ii. experience of superconscious states, iii. Insight (13:44) 
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3. The Five Defilements and their remedies (4:57) 
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4. i. Distraction - mindfulness of breathing (4:55) 
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5. ii. Hate: the Metta Bhavana (1:49) 
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6. iii. Craving - three methods: recollection of impurity, recollection of death, recollection of impermanence; notes on the recollection of death (16:01) 
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7. iv. Ignorance: contemplation of the chain of conditioned coproduction; the twelve links (nidanas) (9:23) 
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8. v. Conceit (mana): contemplation of the six elements (9:60) 
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9. The stupa (6:39) 
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10. Does the Tathagatha exist or not after death? Nirvana with and without remainder; artistic depictions of the scene; why commemorate the Buddha's death? (10:21) 


Total running time: 1:28:43

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