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Introducing the Great Love

by Padmavajra

This is the first in a five part series by Padmavajra on all aspects of the Metta Bhavana practice and 'The Great Love' in Buddhist discourse and practice - from metta (loving kindness) itself to Bodhichitta. His starting point here is to source notions of love in traditional teaching from the Pali Canon and in the great Mahayana sutras. A refreshing take on metta and how to cultivate it in your life.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

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1. The Great Love - Maha Maitri; Sangharakshita's teaching of the metta bhavana being revolutionary; importance of metta bhavana (3:56) 
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2. Centrality of emotion; catching up with what we know - transforming emotion; alchemy (2:21) 
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3. Metta leading to insight; Karaniya Metta Sutta; liberation of the heart (1:49) 
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4. The honesty of the classic, five-stage metta bhavana; aim of the practice; imagination - artist of your mind; friendliness to all life (3:32) 
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5. No end to love; ecstatic, spontaneous emotion - expressed in deeds; story of Burmese gentleman (2:59) 
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6. Ideal of metta daunting; importance of bhavana - a tendency rather than a state; gentle and irresistable; starting point is friendly feelings; any positive emotion is extraodinarily important, what you concentrate on, that you become (4:48) 
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7. Breaking down the boundaries - metta like a surging river; need to acknowledge our feelings; honesty of response - non duality; maha maitri; the great love as an expression of emptiness (4:38) 
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8. Vimalakirti Nirdesha Sutra - reading of conversation between Manjughosha and Vimalakirti; maya-like nature of all things - beings are highly maleable; fixing people causes suffering (4:02) 
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9. Manjushri's question; Vimalakirti describes the great love (2:50) 
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10. Quote from Sangharakshita on love and emptiness - love as a force affecting a miraculous transformation; quote from Rumi on love; seed of self-transcendence in friendly feeling (3:22) 


Total running time: 34:17