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On the Threshold of Enlightenment

by Sangharakshita

This lecture describes dhyana (meditation), and prajna (Wisdom), the fifth and sixth perfections.

Talk given in 1969.

This talk is part of the series Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal.

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1. Recapitulation of series (6:44) 
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2. Introduction: meditation (dhyana) (4:12) 
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3. The language of concepts and of images (9:55) 
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4. The Four Dhyanas of the World of Form: 1st Dhyana (6:38) 
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5. The 2nd to the 4th Dhyanas (4:34) 
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6. Similes for the Four Dhyanas of Form (5:19) 
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7. Progression of the superconscious states (3:57) 
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8. The Four Formless Dhyanas (5:47) 
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9. The Three Gateways to Liberation (6:06) 
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10. The Bodhisattva's practice of dhyana paramita (7:33) 
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11. Wisdom (Prajna); the Four Degrees of Emptiness (Shunyata) (7:58) 
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12. The 3rd and 4th Shunyata (3:49) 
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13. The Heart Sutra's concluding mantra (4:28) 
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14. The Five Wisdoms (10:56) 
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15. Hui Neng on Samadhi and Prajna (5:49) 


Total running time: 1:33:45

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