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Rambles Around the Yogachara: Talk 4

by Subhuti

This is the last in a brilliant four-part series by Subhuti on the Yogachara school of Buddhist philosophy, which provides a comprehensive psychological overview of the workings of 'consciousness'. What can we do about the veils of our basic delusions? Where do ethics come into all this? Time to steep ourselves in reality again for another session with Subhuti as he grasps the slippery snake of the mind and tries to help us see which end is which!

Please note, theses 'rambles' were given without notes and may contain quotational misrememberings and inevitable slips of the tongue!

Talk given at London Buddhist Centre, 2003

This talk is part of the series Rambles Around the Yogachara.

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1. A different way of experiencing things; how our illusory view comes about and what to do about it; the alaya vijnana and bijas (seeds) (5:29) 
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2. The eight vijnanas (consciousnesses); mamas (mind) and its relation to the other vijnanas; the trisvabhava tradition (5:17) 
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3. The twofold veil - klesha (emotional attitude) and jneya (understanding); the nature of alaya in this light (7:34) 
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4. Manas (mind) related to the twofold veil; the six senses and morality; gross and subtle veils; sahati (inborn) and prakriti (acquired) veils (8:04) 
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5. The gross veils - manas and morality; the outer consciousness and dualistic language; listening; working on the kleshas and jneya - conditioning (9:34) 
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6. The subtle veils - meditation; attachment and literalism in Dharma practice; reflection in meditation (8:44) 
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7. Working on the mind (manas) - getting at the innate views; looking at the levels of experience (verses 26-30) - not mistaking ideas for Reality (5:02) 
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8. *NB Poor sound quality* Wisdom (Prajna) - the nature of progress; its relations to the precepts and ethical behaviour (8:31) 
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9. The difference between just having ideas about Reality and reflection on it; beyond suffering; the sudden versus gradual dialectic (9:13) 

Total running time: 1:07:28