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The Awakening Heart

by Parami

This is the first talk in the series of the same name. It touches on aspects of Sangharakshita's 'system of meditation', and most specifically the area of positive emotion. Parami is an ideal guide for this sort of material, steeped as she is in study and practice engaged with in the light of the 'Bodhichitta', and the Bodhisattva Ideal itself.

This is a companion talk to Kulaprabha's 'We Know What You've Studied, But What Have You Seen?'

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1. Weak good overcomes strong evil by Bodhicitta mind-heart; volition toward interconnectedness; how Parami changed her life (5:57) 
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2. Bhante's blueprint for a new world: FWBO changes view of both self and the world (3:27) 
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3. Bodhisattva Ideal is interconnectedness; Buddha's response to dukkha was to vibrate with all beings; all things arise and cease depending on conditions (5:10) 
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4. Four Noble Truths: conditioned coproduction - impermenence, insubstantiality and suffering; a leaf as example of the process of change (5:07) 
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5. Sunyata is the true basis for the leaf; interconnectedness of all things (5:31) 
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6. Dukkha is not living in harmony with truth of conditioned existence; metta is the volitional response to interconnectedness (4:24) 
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7. Levels of compassion: situational response to suffering; metta bhavana and bodhicitta; unconditional compassion dissolves all separation (8:19) 
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8. Ethics of interconnectedness; engaged Buddhism (2:59) 
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9. Buddhist precepts and Western ethics of duty, utility, virtue (5:42) 
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10. Mahayana ethics: compassion and wisdom; maximizing connectedness; energizing effect of engaged ethics as a tool for living (4:52) 
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11. Bhante's talk on geo-ethical perspective; peace and non-violence; love for indivisible humanity; Shantideva on universal compassion (8:08) 


Total running time: 59:36

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