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Standing on Emptiness: View, Meditation, and Action

by Dhammadassin

A lovely, thoughtful exploration of the traditional Buddhist path of ethics, meditation and wisdom, using poetry and the ideas of contemporary science to evoke the mystery that lies at the heart of practice. Dhammadassin's beautifully weighted talk challenges us to look at how we think and how we act, and is rooted in a moving fidelity to experience as the ground of our inspiration. One to be treasured!

Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order women’s national Order weekend, August 2004

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1. Giving a talk on view, meditation and action - dedicated to Paula Radcliffe (3:45) 
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2. Reginald Ray on 'truth'; the territory of our lives - Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche on samsara (conditioned existence) (3:33) 
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3. Tibetan Buddhism on view, meditation and action; learning to recognise the nature of reality; meditation as not good for the ego; action as the activity of the Dharma (6:01) 
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4. A total path; the unity of view, meditation and action - descending with the view, ascending with the conduct; two dreams (3:59) 
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5. Study, faith, ritual and metaphor; objective and subjective takes on view - the secret of your blood; Asanga on the idea of 'being'; how simple can we bear our life? (6:16) 
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6. Careful study - Atisha's recommendations; something else by Nagarjuna; softening around view; thinking as exploring experience to a purpose; Yeshe Tsogyal on the naturalness of your experience (7:14) 
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7. Faith - taking a stand and testing things out; Padmasambhava on the arising of Faith; faith in conditionality (pratitya samutpada); John Donne on mutual causality; George Bernard Shaw (5:54) 
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8. Joanna Macy - co-igniting consciousness; scientists talking about the world; faith in effort (4:31) 
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9. Ritual, metaphor and poetry; communication as exchange - connections which enrich; metaphor as a form of projection; revealing the ritual in the world (6:04) 
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10. Conclusion - a poem at the heart of the world; A High Blue Day on Scalpay by Kenneth White (1:52) 


Total running time: 49:09

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