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At the last Western Buddhist Order convention of the 20th Century, Sangharakshita reviews the road travelled thus far and offers some further thoughts on the future; looking ahead, in particular, to an important change in the formal organisation of the WBO itself: his passing-on of the role of Head of the Order.
N.B. The arrangements outlined in this talk have since been superceded.
Talk given in 1999.
|1.||Introduction by Subhuti: when did the Order come into being? (4:23)|
|2.||Thoughts on 'the Millenium' (6:51)|
|3.||A turning point in history; different visions of history: linear and cyclical (10:32)|
|4.||The nature of cyclical process: waves upon waves, cycles of decay and cycles of growth (8:40)|
|5.||Distinctive features of the FWBO/TBMSG: i. An ecumenical Movement ii. A unfied Movement (8:13)|
|6.||iii. The centrality of the act of Going for Refuge iv. The importance of spiritual friendship (5:55)|
|7.||v. Team-based Right Livelihood vi. The importance of the arts and culture (6:44)|
|8.||What is acceptance into the Order? A weighty responsibility; handing on the headship of the Order (6:30)|
|9.||The future for the Order: resisting dangers from without and within - the importance of harmony (6:19)|
|10.||Stream Entry: a radical transformation in the nature of Going for Refuge; four levels of the arising of the Bodhichitta; the real Bodhicitta as neither individualistic nor altruistic; manifesting Avalokiteshvara, becoming an Arya Sangha (7:50)|
|11.||Conclusion by Subhuti: listening to the talk again (4:17)|
|12.||Chanting by Order Members from India of the Refuges and Precepts and Last Vandana (8:44)|
Total running time: 1:24:58