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The Ideal of Universal Awakening

by Nagapriya

This is the second talk in a five-part series by Nagapriya exploring Mahayana Buddhism.

This talk explores the emergence of the Bodhisattva Ideal in the Mahayana tradition. Nagapriya discusses the historical context in which this basic concept developed, its ties to early Buddhist texts, and what the bodhisattva's life entails, on both the mundane and cosmic levels.

Talk given at Manchester Buddhist Centre, 2009

This talk is part of the series Visions of Mahayana Buddhism.

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1. The Bodhisattva Ideal as the Mahayana goal of the Buddhist life (8:07) 
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2. Background in which the Bodhisattva Ideal emerged; arahant as ideal, escaping samsara, elevation of monastic life (9:38) 
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3. Expanding arahant ideal to Bodhisattva Ideal as a goal for all; seeds of the Mahayana in early texts (6:53) 
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4. Character of a bodhisattva; reading from Vimalakirti Sutra; bringing cosmic significance to mundane existence (10:53) 
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5. The distinct moments and stages of the bodhisattva path; bodhicitta and puja practice; the Bodhisattva vow (12:14) 
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6. The Six Perfections; Reading from the Bodhicaryavatara; ten stages, or bhumis, of the Bodhisattva path (7:27) 
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7. The Bodhisattva Ideal changes, becoming unreachable by normal beings; cosmic figures in the Mahayana; Avalokiteshvara (8:17) 

Total running time: 1:03:29