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Looking at the Bodhi Tree

by Sangharakshita

Here Sangharakshita reflects on the Buddha's achievement of Enlightenment, drawing our attention to an often overlooked feature of this great event - the Buddha's expression of gratitude to the tree that sheltered him. A timely look at ways to cultivate this essential positive emotion.

Talk given in 1999.

This talk is part of the series Three Lectures to the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order.

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1. The Buddha's Enlightenment (13:21) 
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2. The Buddha's gratitude (10:40) 
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3. Definitions of gratitude (6:00) 
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4. Parents (14:09) 
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5. Teachers (5:17) 
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6. Spiritual Friends (8:50) 
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7. Reasons for gratitude (15:11) 
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8. Ingratitude in the spiritual life (9:40) 


Total running time: 1:23:08