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Archetypal Symbolism in the Biography of the Buddha

by Sangharakshita

The human psyche is partly conscious and partly unconscious. To understand the content of our unconscious depths, we must be receptive to the non-rational language of archetypal symbolism. The lecture looks at four incidents in the Buddha's life and their archetypal significance.

Talk given in 1967.

This talk is part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology.

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1. Reaching the Unconscious through images (9:55) 
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2. Combining the conceptual and non-conceptual (5:29) 
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3. 'Archetype' and 'symbol': key terms (3:23) 
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4. What is included in biographies of the Buddha? (7:28) 
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5. Yamaka-pratiharya, 'the Twin Miracle' (9:29) 
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6. The staircase from the Heaven of the Thirty-Three (4:02) 
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7. The World Tree (2:44) 
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8. Centrality (2:29) 
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9. The victory over Mara (4:08) 
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10. Calling the Earth Goddess to witness (4:20) 
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11. Brahma's request (2:26) 
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12. Muchalinda (5:50) 
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13. Correspondences to Jung's archetypes (6:09) 
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14. Integrating the archetypal symbols (5:07) 


Total running time: 1:12:59

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