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The Bodhisattva Hierarchy

by Sangharakshita

After a full explanation of the importance of being receptive to those more developed than ourselves, we are introduced to the ten stages (bhumis) of the Bodhisattva path and to the four principal types of Bodhisattva who embody this path.

Talk given in 1969.

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

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1. A journey through the Bodhisattva Ideal (8:33) 
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2. The 'Bodhisattva Hierarchy' (6:02) 
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3. Direct and indirect relationships with Reality (7:33) 
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4. The Jewel Ornament of Liberation on spiritual friends (5:04) 
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5. The three great spiritual emotions of the Buddhist spiritual life: i. shraddha ('faith') ii. compassion iii. love (6:24) 
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6. The ten Bodhisattva Bhumis (3:48) 
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7. The Novice Bodhisattva (10:24) 
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8. Bodhisattvas of the Path (2:39) 
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9. Irreversible Bodhisattvas (3:55) 
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10. The first three of the Ten Fetters (8:43) 
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11. How does the Bodhisattva become irreversible? (7:14) 
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12. Bodhisattvas of the Dharmakaya: (4:41) 
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13. Avalokitesvara - the Compassion aspect of Enlightenment (3:48) 
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14. Manjusri - the Wisdom aspect (1:49) 
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15. Vajrapani - the Power aspect (2:04) 
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16. Tara - the quintessence of Compassion (2:20) 
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17. Vajrasattva - the aspect of Purity (3:07) 
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18. The Bodhisattva ordination (4:02) 


Total running time: 1:32:10

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