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Transcribing the oral tradition...
Vidyamala, Manchester, UK
Viriyalila, FBA Team
Jinamitra, Welwyn, UK
Ratnachuda, South London, UK
Nagabodhi, London, UK
Ratnaghosha, FBA Chairman
Buddhasiha, Ipswich, UK
SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR
From: The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
Chapter 52: Rechungpa's Journey to Weu
1-4The first verse. Dreams of gurus and dakinis
3Dreams having their own reality
4Insight not being limited to a particular state of consciousness
5Rechungpa's lack of integration in his earlier days
6Not to be fooled by externals - coming from India/Tibet, wearing robes etc.
8Who is the superior teacher?
9Why there is only one Buddha at a time in a world system
10What is a 'Buddha'?
11-14'Degrees' of enlightenment - Arahants, Bodhisattvas
14The three kayas (Trikaya) - Nirmanakaya, Sambhogakaya, Dharmakaya
15Birds sleeping on the wing or soldiers sleeping while marching
17-18'Holidays' from the spiritual life!
18Continuing the waking experience into the sleep state - exercises to help this
19Mundane dreams and archetypal dreams
20Practising when eating, sleeping, walking, working
21Circumambulating The Buddha or a stupa etc.
Clockwise and anti-clockwise - Widdershins and Productiona
22Sanctifying all daily activities with mantras
22-23The process of blessing a thangka or image or food
24Transmitting energy from person to person
27Rationalisations for eating meat based on misunderstandings of the Vajrayana
28Giving up and making use of alcohol
29Using alcohol to loosen people up!
Rechungpa gives many reasons for going to Weu
30-31Milarepa replies in song
31The Four Blisses in the Tantra
34Milarepa sings another song encouraging Rechungpa not to go to Weu
36Staying away from worldly influences
37The micchaditthi that every experience is good for one's spiritual development
38Not facing up to (or admitting) failure
39-40A right livelihood project must succeed in three ways
41Strengthening one's spiritual experience by travelling?
42Vipassana experiences cannot be lost
44Western European culture can be very cramping/restricting
45If a Buddha image is NOT inspiring accept that it is not inspiring!
46Working in a co-op requires quite a high degree of commitment
47Scrutinising requests for holidays, records etc.
49If one reads or listens to music read or listen to only the best
What do people find inspiring?
50Bhante's feelings about Wagner and Beethoven
How music has become more subjective over the centuries
Goethe said there are two types of music - the music of worship and aspiration, and the music of dance
Mahayana Sutras going completely beyond even the best of culture.
52Milarepa's song imploring Rechungpa not to go to Weu
53Begging alms for 'mere enjoyment'
"You can't be a member of a co-op unless you are spiritually committed."
54Sublime philosophy and primordial truth
55Engaging in 'blind and foolish acts'
55Not giving 'good advice' too readily
57Performing magical ceremonies
Being 'beguiled by partial knowledge'
58Not having a right to be supported by the laity
59The story of the fox who lost his tail - giving advice
60Spiritual attainment is important, not ecclesiastical position
62A 'reasonable dependence' on positive conditions
Can one's spiritual experience be increased by 'wandering'?
63'There is no such thing as a spiritual community as a sort of objective reality'
64Not to commit oneself to a particular situation for five years, or even two.
66Milarepa gives in to Rechungpa's request
67Medicine for the journey and a trident
68Sarvastivadin bhikshus carrying the trident (Kakara)
The Hindu trident (Trisol)
69Not putting scriptures under your arm but on the shoulder
The View, The Practice and The Action in Tibetan Buddhism
71The View of Sunyata and Rupa
Nihilism and Realism
The Buddhist and Hindu views of the Atman
72Who is reborn?
73What is Sunyata 'empty' of? - Concepts.
One is primarily concerned with experience
74The FWBO "View" being that of the Madhyamika
The primacy of experience over thoughts
74Bodhidharma and the founding of Zen
Hui Neng's tearing up of the Diamond Sutra
75Mr Chen's definition of the difference between the Madhyamika and the Yogachara schools
The Madhyamika view is the ultimate view because it is a non-view
76The Atthaka-Vagga Sutta of the Sutta Nipata
77Bringing samsaric energies into line with the spiritual
78The two great hindrances to meditation - drowsiness and scatteredness/distractedness
From View onto Action
79The experience of pleasure is ethically neutral
Experience the pleasure but with no craving
80The divine path, the heroic path and the diabolical path in Hindu tradition
Craving - a desire to prolong pleasure indefinitely
81The provisional character of asceticism in the Vajrayana
82Samaya - the pledge
The Mahamudra approach
84Why some tantric yogins seem unconventional
'Sahaja' - 'what is natural to you' - Immanence
Quickly moving through Rechungpa's song
85Rechungpa's next song
88The perilous passage of obsession
90Hope and fear
91Rechungpa says that he will return
92Drowsiness and conflict
92Ways of meditating if one is drowsy or distracted
93The moment of non-discursive awareness when you wake up
94-95Milarepa's song of farewell
95'Transmitting' the Enlightenment experience
97The four (five) main schools of Tibetan Buddhism
The 'Patron' Buddha The Archetypal Buddhas
Who/what are the Dharmapalas?
99Hiri and Ottapa - shame and conscience
101Guru, Deva and Dakini - the three 'esoteric' refuges
102Where did Dakinis come from?
102-105Responding to figures from Western mythology to stir up Dharmapala type energies within us
Wild and turbulent sources of inspiration in western history
105The Principle, Path and Accomplishment
Bliss, illumination and non-thought - three characteristics of the Mahamudra/Enlightenment experience
107Bringing indigenous deities into Hinduism and Buddhism
Nature spirits and paganism
108Judaism's animosity towards other gods as theirs was the 'only' god - "Theological Totalitarianism".
109The disciple has to exceed the guru
Advertisements claiming teachers are enlightened!
111Rechungpa departs and Milarepa manifests as seven repas before him and asks questions of Rechungpa
112Rechungpa prostrates and replies
114Why continue meditating after enlightenment?
114What happens when an enlightened being meditates?
115The Buddha's withdrawing from bodily pain through dhyana states
116Radiating a positive influence when in the fourth dhyana
117Enlightenment and bliss - levels of mundane and transcendental bliss
118The patrons come to Milarepa looking for Rechungpa
119No inhibiting of ordinary human emotion in Tibetan Buddhism
What does one miss when somebody who is close to one goes away?
120Allowing enlightened being to have emotions
121Milarepa sings to the patrons saying Rechungpa has left and the patrons 'grovel' before Milarepa
124-126Why 'prajna' is female
127Prana-Mind - breath
128The symbolism of the Windhorse
The symbolism of the lotus and flames surrounding the Three Jewels
The Windhorse representing the Six Paramitas/Perfections
129Dumo - Inner Heat
130The word 'samadhi' and its two uses
131-132Milarepa's long song to the patrons
Views turning into dogma
135Using language in Buddhism poetically rather than scientifically
136Insight, insight through reflection
136Flashes of insight
138The relation between samatha and vipassana
Giving talks as a way of clarifying one's ideas
140Visualisation meditation - samatha and vipassana
141Following the letter of the precepts rather than the spirit
142Not letting Dharma practice just become a routine
143The twofold sila - natural and artificial
Skilful means - upayakausalya
146The need for direct, personal, instruction - not just books
The gravitational pull never takes a holiday
148Milarepa never being willing to compromise
The dangers of being financially dependent upon the laity
149Ostentatious faith and veneration - Trying to impress by going through the motions of spiritual practice
150-152The Three Determinations
The 'town' coming into the 'temple'
152"You can't be a nominal Buddhist ...