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Breaking the Mould

by Dhammarati

A sparkling discussion by Dhammarati on the use of images for accessing the Buddhist tradition. And an indispensable exploration of everyday practice of the Dharma in the beautiful light of the Tathagathagarbha Sutra.

Talk given at FWBO Day, London 2003

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1. Giving the talk at FWBO Day; welcoming sceptics; the transcendental critique of religion; keeping it real and aspiration; language and the inexpressible (7:39) 
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2. Images; at the Musée Guimet; Chinese statues rediscovered (7:11) 
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3. The Tathagathagarbha Sutra; etymologies - 'garbha' (3:04) 
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4. The Vision of the Tathagatha - metaphors from the sutra (3:11) 
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5. Caution about Buddha Nature - philospohical and practical (3:23) 
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6. Meeting the concerns - the Buddha Nature treatise; Shunyata, a means not a truth - Sally King, Stephen Bachelor, Subhuti, Ajahn Cha (5:58) 
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7. Buddha Nature as behaviour - practice as paramount (3:25) 
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8. Implications for personal practice; views and actions; potential (5:33) 
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9. Optimistic but not naive; approaches to practice - working with the grain of your mind; ethics as a source of inspiration (10:35) 
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10. Noticing confusion, noticing awareness (3:55) 
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11. An acquaintance with the basics; five essential elements of the Path; selling water by the river (2:12) 
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12. Anapanasati - maturing mindfulness (4:07) 
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13. An act of attention - breaking the mould (2:17) 


Total running time: 1:02:30