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The Diamond Sutra - Taking Mind to its Limits: Talk 2

by Padmavajra

This is the second in a sparkling, wide-ranging, thoroughly comprehensive ten talk series by Padmavajra on 'The Diamond Sutra'. Into the sutra we go - Subhuti's arrival and questioning dialogue with the Buddha. Much food for thought to be had here as the Diamond begins to cut under the skin of things...

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. Subhuti's arrival at the assembly; loving kindness (metta, maitri) and insight (4:52) 
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2. Subhuti's gratitude and receptivity; on fault-finding (4:35) 
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3. Subhuti's first question; being on the Buddhist path (4:02) 
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4. How do you live? Standing, progressing, controlling your thoughts; on 'control' (4:26) 
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5. The Buddha's response; courteous dialogue; brief summary of chapters 3-5 of the sutra (2:41) 
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6. A reading of chapter 3; Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva's vow (4:01) 
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7. The vastness and variety of beings; a vast heart and mind - metta (maitri) practice; empathy - Ibn Arabi quote (7:03) 
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8. The Nirvana that leaves nothing behind; the danger of nihilistic language (3:52) 
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9. A staggering vow - the danger of fantasy; living meaningfully for others (4:54) 
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10. Asking deep questions of ourselves - dedication, committment, continuity; no beings at all - the Bodhisattva's insight (5:22) 
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11. Sitting in stillness with the paradox; the Nirvana that is not placed anywhere (7:16) 


Total running time: 53:04