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Absorption - After the Enlightenment

by Kamalashila

How do you get used to being Enlightened? What happened to the Buddha in the weeks after his breakthrough experience? Kamalasila explores these questions in two ways - using the framework of the Western Buddhist Order's system of meditation to shed light on the process that unfolded in the Bodhisattva's mind and body as Enlightenment dawned; and connecting us imaginatively with the symbolism and image of Muchalinda, the great serpent, coiling his body protectively round the meditating Buddha.

Please note, there are a few words missing around the start of this talk.

Talk given on the FWBO International Retreat at Taraloka, May 2008

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1. Introduction by Dhammarati (6:52) 
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2. Have we really arrived? (9:20) 
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3. A system of meditation (26:10) 
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4. The Buddha and the serpent Muchalinda (24:60) 

Total running time: 1:07:22