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Discerning the Buddha

by Sangharakshita

In trying to discern the Buddha, we are trying to discern the highest kind of being: an Enlightened One. The Buddha, it seems, considered that the Dharma - the truth - is higher still. Does this mean that there were reaches of the spiral of development that he had not yet explored?

Talk given in 1986.

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1. Wesak - “a thrice-sacred festival” (9:52) 
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2. Early Buddhist symbols depicting the Buddha (5:27) 
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3. The Buddha's decision to teach (11:23) 
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4. The Buddha as head of the spiritual hierarchy (9:08) 
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5. How the Dharma is higher than a Buddha (6:34) 
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6. The Spiral Path and the nature of Nirvana (9:04) 
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7. The first three garavas: Satta, Dharma, Sangha (4:55) 
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8. Sikha - study and training (2:01) 
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9. Appamada - non-heedlessness (1:46) 
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10. Patisantara - friendly welcome (3:19) 
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11. The importance of worship (2:16) 


Total running time: 1:05:45

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