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The Four Great Reliances: Criteria for the Spiritual Life

by Sangharakshita

Concluding his exposition of the Sutra, Sangharakshita explains that traditionally one should rely on: i. the Dharma, and not on any person; ii. the meaning, not the expression; iii. the discourses of explicit, not implicit meaning; iv. Transcendental Awareness, not discriminative consciousness.

Talk given in 1979.

This talk is part of the series The Inconceivable Emancipation - Themes from the Vimalakirti Nirdesha.

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1. Stupa worship (10:26) 
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2. General context: reincarnations (7:07) 
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3. Seeing the Tathagatha (5:12) 
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4. The story of Bhaisajyaraja (4:31) 
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5. Dharma worship (6:02) 
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6. Criteria for the spiritual life (6:53) 
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7. The Four Great Reliances (2:15) 
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8. i. On the Dharma, not on any person (10:31) 
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9. ii. On the meaning, not the expression (5:60) 
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10. iii. On discourses of explicit rather than implicit meaning (7:15) 
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11. iv. On Transcendental awareness, not discriminative consciousness (3:47) 
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12. Conclusion (3:21) 


Total running time: 1:13:20

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