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The Twenty-Four Nidanas

by Sangharakshita

In this masterly lecture to an American conference audience, Sangharakshita reminds us of the basic conceptual formulation of the Buddha's enlightenment experience. The twelve negative and twelve positive nidanas ('links') represent two trends - reactive and progressive - within the same conditionality.

Talk given in 1994.

This talk is part of the series Two Lectures to a Conference on the Nature of Reality – Buddhism as Transformation.

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1. Extreme experiences (8:13) 
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2. Teachers and teachings (7:37) 
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3. 'The One Who Knows' (4:39) 
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4. The Dharma as a raft (7:33) 
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5. The gap between unenlightened and Enlightened (3:21) 
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6. A vision of lotuses (6:41) 
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7. Brahma's request (4:26) 
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8. Red, blue and white lotuses (9:42) 
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9. Expressing Reality (7:07) 
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10. Conditioned co-production (5:11) 
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11. A finger pointing to the moon (3:58) 
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12. Cyclic conditionality (10:35) 
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13. Spiral conditionality (12:46) 
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14. Making an effort (2:32) 
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15. Past, present and future (3:58) 
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16. From cyclic to spiral conditionality (4:41) 


Total running time: 1:43:00

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