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.

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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

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Questions and Answers, and Slide Show of the Main Characters of the Text

Chapters 3 and 4

Two Flashbacks – two episodes from Chapters 3 and 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 6 continued

Chapter 7
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.

Bringing the Ideal into the Real

And Maitreyabandhu travelled up from London to give a talk on part of the 7th Chapter, called

The Great Love – The Essential Quality of the Bodhisattva

Talking of which, I have also given a talk on that theme, in May 2013 at the Stockholm Buddhist Centre.

The Great Love

And here’s the peerless Padmavajra on the same theme:

The Great Love and the Goddess