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Mindfulness is the Way to the Deathless - Dhammapada Verses 7,8,21 & 23

by Padmavajra

The third 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. Who or what is Mara? (8:20) 
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2. Some well-known Maras; “Being like a mountain peak” (3:48) 
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3. “Mindfulness is the way to the Deathless” (9:07) 
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4. Two principle components of mindfulness; i. Recollection of what we are doing here and now (10:05) 
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5. ii. A sense of overall purpose (8:26) 
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6. “Absorbed in super-conscious states”; similes for the jhanas (dhyanas) (6:51) 
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7. The importance of super-conscious states as a basis for Insight (5:21) 

Total running time: 51:58