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Contemplating the Qualities of the Tathagathas

by Samantabhadri

This is the last of four talks exploring Vasubandhu's Four Factors. In his treatise Generating Bodhi Resolve, Vasubandhu describes them as able to generate the resolve to cultivate and accumulate the bases for the Arising of the Bodhicitta. Sangharakshita writes about them in these books - The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism and The Bodhisattva Ideal.

Samantabhadri gave this talk on a meditation retreat for women who have asked for ordination. The complete set of talks are as follows and each one finishes with a led reflection on the theme.

Factor 1: Reflecting on the Buddha, by Saddhanandi

Factor 2: Contemplating the Faults of Existence, by Dhammadassin

Factor 3: Contemplating the Suffering Beings, by Kulaprabha

Factor 4: Contemplating the Qualities of the Tathagathas, by Samantabhadri

Given at Taraloka in February, 2010.

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1. That Which We Contemplate, We Become (7:03) 
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2. A Little Bit of Reality (5:24) 
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3. The Nearness of Tara (6:01) 
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4. Cultivate and Accumulate (4:53) 
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5. Those Who Really Did It (8:47) 
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6. Led Reflection (30:17) 


Total running time: 1:02:25

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