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The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits: Talk 8

by Padmavajra

This is the eighth in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. The sutra asks more and more of us the deeper we look; it encourages us to see our world differently. The whole universe passes before our eyes - where will we abide?

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 first ending of the sutra; the path of emptiness and interconnectedness (4:45) 
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2. Chapter 10 - the Buddha as Bodhisattva in previous lives, Jataka tales; St Jehosaphat (4:54) 
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3. The cosmic origins of Jataka - the Buddha Dipankara; the story of Sumeda (5:30) 
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4. The story in the sutra; transmission, blessing and initiation (5:46) 
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5. Reflections on an ordination - appreciation rather than appropriation (3:33) 
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6. The creation of Buddhafields; Dharmakara and Sukhavati - surrendering to the vow (4:53) 
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7. The Buddha's seeing in Enlightenment; vision into actuality - spiritual community (4:01) 
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8. Purelands in Mahayana Buddhism; the impermanence of what we care for - sitting loose; Padmaloka - the Realm of the Lotus; the Pureland wherever you are; Rumi in Bombay (6:12) 
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9. Unsupported mind, unsupported heart; the Bodhisattva abides nowhere; the vast body of the Bodhisattva mind; meditating on Vajrasattva (8:39) 
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10. Chapter 11 - demonstration and illumination of the sutra; the Buddha Mind - Dharmakaya; creating shrines and sacred places (3:18) 
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11. Subhuti's tears - true perception; Sangharakshita on the sublime (3:05) 


Total running time: 54:36

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