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The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits: Talk 7

by Padmavajra

This is the seventh in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. What is the Buddha like? Especially in the properly disquieting world of the Diamond Cutter? Padmavajra doesn't have the answers - but he does deliver some thoughts founded on his own experience, and echoed in the words of the sutra.

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. A brief summary - the nature of the Buddha (2:12) 
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2. The Buddha's question about merit; puja - making offerings and gratitude; the Mandala Offering; chod practice and the Heart Sutra (6:46) 
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3. Diamond Sutra logic; giving the Dharma - a quote from Sangharakshita, Wisdom Beoynd Words; the Bodhisattva as Dharma teacher (8:19) 
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4. Keeping another dimension alive; the transformative aspect of the Dharma - Dr Ambedkar and social change in India (4:35) 
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5. Life with and without the Dharma (3:25) 
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6. Buddhas born from the Dharma; special qualities (dharmas) of a Buddha (5:02) 
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7. All things as the Buddha's special qualities (2:45) 
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8. Stages on the way to Enlightenment - the Arya Pudgalas (Holy Persons); the nature of attainment - metaphors from the Pali Canon (6:29) 
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9. Discussions about Stream Entry; coursing un-self-consciously in the Dharma (7:48) 
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10. Subhuti's words on himself as an Arhat (Stream Entrant); moments of faith (3:37) 

Total running time: 50:58