In 1997 I was introduced to the Vimalakirti Nirdesa by my teacher, who gave a remarkable series of eight lectures on them. These lectures have since been transcribed and made into a book – The Inconceivable Emancipation, which were inspired by Robert Thurman’s then recently published translation The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti. It is a text that I’ve returned to a number of times.
Here’s a talk I gave at the Padmaloka Retreat Centre in 2009:
Who is Vimalakirti?
I gave a series of talks in the text at the Manchester Buddhist Centre in 2013, from the 18th Feb – 6th May. Actually, they were a combination of recitations of the text, a slideshow of the main characters, questions and answers, and talks.
Introducing the Vimalakirti Nirdesa
In April 2013 the Manchester Buddhist Centre hosted what they called a ‚Rainy Season Retreat‘ – a week of talks and practice. I gave a talk on the first weekend of that retreat, drawing from the first two chapters of the text.
And Maitreyabandhu travelled up from London to give a talk on part of the 7th Chapter, called
Talking of which, I have also given a talk on that theme, in May 2013 at the Stockholm Buddhist Centre.
And here’s the peerless Padmavajra on the same theme: