Jan 21, 2021
Martin Goodson

Podcast: An Extract from The Lotus Sutra

The Sutra of Innumerable Means

'Skilful Means' is a central plank of a bodhisattva's training. In this extract the Buddha makes this skill central to realisation and enlightenment.

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The text used for this talk is taken from chapter 2: Dharma Preaching, - The Sutra of Innumerable Meanings which prefaces The Lotus Sutra tr. Gene Reeves pub. Wisdom 2008

In this podcast:

  • Time as a component of practice and spiritual development

  • Introduction to the role of skilful means in the bodhisattva training

  • The danger of taking Buddhist doctrines outside of the context of Wisdom & Compassion

  • The foundational nature of ‘emptiness’ in Mahayana understanding

  • How attachment to appearances leads to confusion and suffering

An Extract from The Lotus Sutra

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