This is the sixth in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. Down to the nitty-gritty now, with a useful and considered introduction to the nature and workings of perception itself. With a special emphasis too on moving from a utilitarian attitude to other people towards a genuine sense of relationship founded on loving kindness.
Talks given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004
This talk is part of the series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits.
|1.||summary of the sutra so far (4:41)|
|2.||Perception (samjna) - general introduction (5:10)|
|3.||Perception (samjna) - a definition, how it works; nama-rupa (name and form); the importance of labelling (7:04)|
|4.||The need to go beyond mental labelling; prapancha - mental proliferation, an intensely practical concern (6:51)|
|5.||How do we cleanse the doors of perception? Use and using; effect on environment; from perception to wisdom (samjna to prajna) (6:57)|
|6.||The Arts and the practice of mindfulness (3:39)|
|7.||Using people and the development of metta (loving kindness); other people as shunyata - Cezanne's old man; Sangha - Alred of Riveaux (9:29)|
|8.||Appreciating the sutra as useless; reading chapter 7 - the Buddha did not know or teach anything (7:10)|
|9.||The language of experience - Enlightenment as the end of experience; living the Dharma (5:10)|
|10.||The un-put-together (asamskrta) and the Holy Persons; prabhava - drawing strength; Ratnakara's verses to the Buddha (8:06)|
Total running time: 1:04:17