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The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits: Talk 9

by Padmavajra

This is the ninth in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. A quiet talk rooted in a thoughtful consideration of the Perfection of Patience. Forbearance in Reality is all and leads naturally, beautifully, to a wiser seeing of things, and a response that always allows for dignity.

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 last days of a retreat; the path of transformation (2:40) 
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2. The story of the sutra so far - chapters 1-11; Conze's and Red Pine's thoughts on the first half of the sutra; the nature of the second half (9:58) 
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3. The Bodhisattva's practice of patience (kshanti); the teaching as terrifying (4:01) 
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4. A Jataka tale - the Buddha as the Bodhisattva Kshantivadin teaching patience to the wives of the King of Kalinga (7:11) 
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5. Love and anger; forbearance and non-retaliation; forbearance of body - cosmetic surgery, impermanence and the six elements (8:08) 
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6. Forbearance with things - with nature, what we make and build (Basil Fawlty's car); appropriation to appreciation (4:41) 
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7. Forbearance with other people - feeling let down and retaliating; the Bodhisattva aspires to forebear; the imperfect as paradise - no justification for reactions (13:25) 
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8. Self-respect and personal dignity in our responses - Dr Ambedkar's example; non-passive forbearance; unsupported loving kindness; no moral judgement - forgiving life itself (10:38) 
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9. The ultimate patience of Wisdom - seeing the true nature of things (2:59) 

Total running time: 1:03:41