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Exposing a modern disease of frustrated craving for experience, Sangharakshita suggests that spiritual life is better seen in more concrete ways; as growth, work, and duty.
Talk given in 1975.
|1.||Buddhism: the path and the goal; thinking of Enlightenment in terms of an experience (6:04)|
|2.||What do we mean by experience? Why do we think of Enlightenment in terms of an experience? Elightenment as expressed in the Scriptures (9:00)|
|3.||Buddhism in the light of the religious history of Western Europe (10:23)|
|4.||What is our usual approach to life? What do we turn to? (13:36)|
|5.||An emphasis on experience, both natural and neurotic (7:28)|
|6.||Attainment and acquisition; motives in approaching Buddhism (6:35)|
|7.||Thinking of Enlightenment as an experience that will come from somewhere; three syndromes: i. pseudo-spiritual exoticism (5:49)|
|8.||ii. pseudo-spiritual projection (6:13)|
|9.||iii. pseudo-spiritual technism (2:32)|
|10.||Thinking of Enlightenment as a non-experience; Nirvana and the Unconditioned (4:36)|
|11.||Three ways of thinking of religion as non-experience: i Growth - humanity as a bed of lotuses; Parable of the Rain Cloud in the White Lotus Sutra; advantages and limitations of thinking in terms of growth (13:39)|
|12.||ii. Work - the productive expenditure of energy (2:47)|
|13.||iii. Duty - what is the duty of a Buddhist? (2:25)|
Total running time: 1:31:07