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The Drama of Cosmic Enlightenment

by Sangharakshita

After considering the Sutra's history and the meaning of its title, Sangharakshita provides a summary of its dramatic structure, with brief explanations of the significance of certain details.

Talk given in 1971.

This talk is part of the series Parables, Myths and Symbols of Mahayana Buddhism in the White Lotus Sutra.

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1. Summary of lecture 95; introduction (9:05) 
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2. What does Saddharma Pundarika Sutra mean? (9:04) 
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3. The White Lotus Sutra as a literary document (4:18) 
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4. The Structure of the Sutra (6:33) 
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5. Oral transmission: literal and esoteric (6:07) 
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6. The opening scene at Vulture's Peak (6:25) 
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7. Approaching the Truth gradually (10:49) 
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8. Proclamation of the Great Way as the One Ultimate Way (3:58) 
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9. Parables of the Sutra (4:46) 
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10. The Parable of the Magic City (4:46) 
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11. The appearance of the Stupa and of the Buddha 'Abundant Treasures' (14:41) 
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12. Vows to protect and preserve the Sutra (7:29) 
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13. The cosmic principle of Enlightenment (4:24) 
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14. Concluding episodes (6:46) 


Total running time: 1:39:11

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