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Living In The Greater Mandala

by Parami

Parami gives the introductory talk for the 2015 Triratna International Urban Retreat live in Adelaide, Australia. Her theme - and the theme of the whole retreat - is Living in the Greater Mandala, and she brings this alive in the most human, poetic, and inspired of ways.

Her range is broad as she evokes the mandala itself, and the profound, playful path of the Bodhisattva. Calling forth Rumi and Hafiz, the great Buddhist Perfection of Wisdom texts, Keats, Yeats, Robert Hass, and Kenneth White, she illustrates what it looks and feels like to live dedicated to the wellbeing of all as the most natural thing in the world.

As always with Parami, her great experience shines through in this talk - a terrific encouragement to anyone thinking of undertaking the Urban Retreat and integrating this perspective of joy into the challenge of everyday life...

Recorded in Adelaide, Australia, October 2015.

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1. Introduction from Adelaide, Australia (1:56) 
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2. A poem by Haifz; Wisdom Beyond Words by Sangharakshita; Triratna early history and teaching (4:29) 
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3. Sangharakshita and his approach in the mid 1970s; a live tradition forming; building a Movement; a reading from the preface to Wisdom Beyond Words (3:30) 
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4. The Ratnaguna Samcayagatha and the Perfection of Wisdom; knowing as a lived experience; the Bodhisattva path and Triratna; wisdom and compassion (5:10) 
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5. Prajna (Wisdom) as analytical appreciative understanding; papanca - convoluted thinking - and some remedies; silence, meditation (5:29) 
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6. Vidya - knowledge, wisdom with a sense of aesthetic appreciation; aesthetics, practicality, utilitarianism, self and other; a recommended talk by Vajradarshini (4:15) 
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7. The universe as gigantic mandala; on mandalas; the five Buddha mandala; an attitude and approach to life (3:46) 
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8. Love of life on its own terms; acting in serenity in the face of world and personal issues; the symbolism of Green Tara; fearlessness and generosity (3:13) 
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9. Looking at our lives as a personal mandala; no conflict in the mandala; lighthearted play as a way to avoid extremes; fascination, mystery, mythology (Rumi and Yeats) (4:46) 
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10. The 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara; the jewel in the lotus; applying mindfulness in life (2:48) 
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11. Myth and imagination in the history of Triratna; finding what works for you (Keats from Endymion); share the love, help others to remember (readings from Hafiz and Wisdom Beyond Words) (5:44) 
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12. Metta - loving kindness - and the Greater Mandala; conditionality, dependent arising (pratiya samutpada) and the self; Robert Hass on dreaming the world into being and transforming it (3:27) 
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13. Letting go, not holding on - summing up the Bodhisattva Path; a mandala of spaciousness; Kenneth White - A High Blue Day on Scalpay (2:52) 


Total running time: 51:25

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