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The Ten Pillars of Buddhism

by Sangharakshita

The Ten Pillars are the ten ethical principles, which provide a comprehensive guide to the moral dimension of human life. This lecture provides us with a thorough introduction to Buddhist ethics. Note: the second half of this long lecture was read by Dharmachari Devamitra.

Talk given in 1984.

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1. The Order's sixteenth birthday (7:44) 
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2. Introduction to the paper (9:26) 
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3. The Relation Between Refuges and Precepts (8:46) 
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4. Canonical Sources: i. the Kutadanta Sutta (5:13) 
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5. ii. The Sevitabba-Asevitabba Sutta (5:16) 
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6. iii.The Anguttura Nikaya (6:14) 
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7. iv. Other Canonical Sources (6:16) 
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8. v. The Mahayana sutras (3:17) 
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9. Total Transformation (6:06) 
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10. Body, speech, and mind (2:11) 
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11. Principles of Ethics (8:06) 
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12. Rules of Training (5:48) 
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13. Mula-Pratimoksha (8:25) 
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14. A norm of ethical behaviour (5:39) 
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15. Other Ethical Formulae (4:56) 
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16. Lifestyle (6:49) 
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17. The First Precept (6:55) 
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18. The golden rule - non-violence and love (7:35) 
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19. Love mode and power mode (6:29) 
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20. The Second Precept (5:58) 
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21. Taking the not-given; gratitude (4:58) 
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22. Indebtedness (5:31) 
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23. The Third Precept: sexual polarization and contentment (10:48) 
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24. Introduction to the four speech precepts (3:49) 
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25. The Fourth Precept: truthfulness, falsehood, and society; factual accuracy; believing others (7:18) 
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26. The Fifth Precept: harsh and kindly speech (4:45) 
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27. The Sixth Precept: frivolous and meaningful speech (4:31) 
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28. The Seventh Precept: slanderous and harmonious speech (4:24) 
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29. The Eighth Precept: covetousness (4:54) 
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30. Tranquillity and meditation (3:52) 
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31. The Ninth Precept: hatred and compassion (5:40) 
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32. The Tenth Precept (6:60) 
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33. Abandoning false views, letting Wisdom shine (5:58) 
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34. Conclusion: ten pillars, ten petals (5:11) 


Total running time: 3:25:48

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