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The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits: Talk 6

by Padmavajra

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.

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1. summary of the sutra so far (4:41) 
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2. Perception (samjna) - general introduction (5:10) 
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3. Perception (samjna) - a definition, how it works; nama-rupa (name and form); the importance of labelling (7:04) 
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4. The need to go beyond mental labelling; prapancha - mental proliferation, an intensely practical concern (6:51) 
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5. How do we cleanse the doors of perception? Use and using; effect on environment; from perception to wisdom (samjna to prajna) (6:57) 
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6. The Arts and the practice of mindfulness (3:39) 
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7. Using people and the development of metta (loving kindness); other people as shunyata - Cezanne's old man; Sangha - Alred of Riveaux (9:29) 
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8. Appreciating the sutra as useless; reading chapter 7 - the Buddha did not know or teach anything (7:10) 
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9. The language of experience - Enlightenment as the end of experience; living the Dharma (5:10) 
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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