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The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits: Talk 3

by Padmavajra

This is the third in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. A wee detour now into the world of the Bodhisattva and the six Perfections of Wisdom, especially dana - generosity. Padmavajra takes a look at how this forms an essential basis of Buddhist practice and of life.

Talks given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

This talk is part of the series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits.

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1. The six Paramitas in Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita); giving - dana (generosity) (4:51) 
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2. Dana (generosity) in the sutra; the Bodhisattva's gifts (4:12) 
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3. The Bodhisattva unsupported by anything; conditions for practice (5:25) 
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4. Problems with dependent practice - particularly with generosity (dana) (4:22) 
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5. Unsupported practice - generosity without reason; the Buddha's Parinirvana; Lin Chi on giving (4:21) 
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6. Why, therefore and because - ghosts of a reason-bound world; the Bodhisattva and immeasurable merit; merit (punya) as positive momentum (5:32) 
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7. Punya skandha as body of merit; the two accumulations - merit and wisdom; the Buddha-field - enriching the world (4:45) 


Total running time: 33:28

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