Illusion-like Samadhi – Ep 71

In this podcast Professor Thurman explores different stages of Buddhist meditation. When the ‘space-like equipoise samadhi’ disappears, what is there [left]? – Professor Thurman asks the audience and proceeds to answer: everything that was there before is there. But the meditator now sees appearances with the realization that they are like a reflection of the moon in water, like a magician’s trick, like magic, like illusion. This experience is called ‘the illusion-like aftermath samadhi’.

The episode was recorded on March 17, 2016 at the “Vimalakirti, Prajnaparamita & Avatamsaka Sutras” workshop at Tibet House India.

The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti

This book presents the major teachings of Mahāyāna Buddhism in a precise, dramatic, and even humorous form. For two millennia this Sūtra, called the “jewel of theMahāyāna Sūtras,” has enjoyed immense popularity among Mahāyāna Buddhists …


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