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The Essential Revolution - Dhammapada Verses 1 & 2

by Padmavajra

The first talk in Padmavjara's wonderful series on the Dhammapada, the most popular of early Buddhist texts. All of the Buddha's core teachings are here - held in heart and mind there's more than enough in the Dhammapada to take us as far in our practice as we can imagine, and then on beyond...

This material is intended for use with the Dharma Training Course for Mitras (see our 'Study' section, year three).

Talk recorded at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2007

This talk is part of the series The Dhammapada - the Buddha's Way of Truth.

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1. Background to the Dhammapada - who is the Buddha (5:52) 
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2. An oral tradition; the place of the Dhammapada in the Buddhist texts (4:19) 
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3. Meaning of the term 'Dhammapada'; the importance of memorising the verses (3:27) 
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4. The Section of Pairs; where Buddhism begins - the centrality of 'Mind' (5:05) 
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5. "A wonderfully liberating moment"; the vast notion of mind and heart in Buddhism (6:49) 
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6. Experiences are led by mind (6:12) 
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7. The Yogachara school; a deep level of mind like a river; ecology of mind (2:31) 
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8. The ritual notion of purity versus purity of mind (4:57) 
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9. What is an impure or a pure mind; Purity as clarity, brightness, strength and beauty (4:58) 
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10. "Like a shadow that never departs"; pure mental states create happiness (5:24) 

Total running time: 49:34