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The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits: Talk 1

by Padmavajra

This is the first in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. We are taken through the work stage by stage, and here we begin with the opening scenes and the text itself as a revelation of Reality...

Talks given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

This talk is part of the series The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits.

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1. Introduction to the Diamond Sutra (Vajracchedika) - historical importance and importance in FWBO; 'Wisdom Beyond Words' (4:48) 
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2. The nature of the sutra; commentaries - Conze and Master Han Shan; structure (4:03) 
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3. Prajnaparamita - Perfection of Wisdom; Edward Conze (4:29) 
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4. Traditional versus contemporary western views of the sutra (3:18) 
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5. Reading the opening of the Diamond Sutra; reverence (4:07) 
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6. The feminine aspect of Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom); Perfect Wisdom as a Goddess (1:46) 
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7. Blending the intellectual and the devotional; the setting of the sutra - simplicity and awareness (6:20) 
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8. The arrival of the bhikshus (bhikkus); simplicity and Going Forth (2:54) 


Total running time: 31:45