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We provide transcribed talks by 35 different speakers
Candradasa, FBA Team
Vajratara, Sheffield, UK
Viveka, San Francisco, USA
Viryaja, Toowoomba, Australia
Padmatara, San Francisco, USA
Aileen, Shetland Islands
Sravaniya, Boston, USA
Tuscany Ordination Course 1986 Questions and Answers on:
Nanamoli's "Life of the Buddha"
CHAPTERS 4 & 11
CHAPTER 41Nanamoli - monk and scholar
2Differing ages of the original material
2/4The letter or the spirit of the teaching
4/5Worldly wisdom in the spiritual life
5/6Going for Refuge in other sanghas
6Bhante meets Bhagvan!
7/11The Arhant and the household life
The Arhant and 'pleasurable sensations'
11/14 Reflecting on and exploring ones spiritual experiences
14Stream Entry and the weight of conditioning
14/16 "The Law is well proclaimed"
Developments in handing down the tradition
16"...... independent of others is the Teacher's dispensation"
17Stream Entrants in the WBO
17/18 Traditional Triad - dana, sila, bhavana
Rahula and the Going Forth
19/21 Suitability for teaching the Dharma
The sixty Arhants sent forth to teach the Law
New Order members and classes
21/22 Yasa as the Buddha's attendant
22/23 'Go Two together' - differing translations
23Meals in silence
23/30 Allowing space for thought in decision making
Worldly wisdom in managerial skills
Using one's initiative and common sense
30/41 Verses - Mara and the Buddha
The four Maras
Mara in our everyday experience
32/33 Bhante's own experience of Mara
Meditation and Mara
34The Mara period of the day
35/38 Mara and Satan
38/41 The power of Mara
Evil and fear
41/42 "The shackle in the air that has its hold upon the mind"
42The custom of shaving ones hair and beard
42/43 Ordered attention and ordered effort
44/48 "Seeking for oneself" - looking within
48/51 The Naga Serpent in the Fire worshippers tradition
Sacred fires and offerings
53/56 Demonic possession
57/58 Mara as the shadow in the Jungian sense
58/62 Moral Evil in Buddhism
60/61 Black magic cults - challenging evil
62/69 Rational and irrational guilt
Being held to account
67/69 Fear and Evil
69/71 Gradual or direct - teaching the Dharma
Positive and negative terms
72/73 A quantum of negativity
73/74 The devas in the kamaloka
The hierarchy of existence
74/75 Neutral feeling
76/78 Delight in a person's potential
78/79 Rewards promised for sacrifice
79/81 Positive and negative symbolism
Fire and transformation
81Symbolism of the washing of hands
82/84 Expansion of religious movements
FWBO expansion - Order members
84/92 Expanding the Order
Distractions rather than depth
92/94 Taking for granted
CHAPTER 111Giving, control and restraint
1/3Ceto Vimutti and panna vimutti
4/5Was the Buddha a human as we are?
5/7The origin of the 32 marks of a great man
6The thousand spoked wheel
The Buddha and Hercules
7/8The Buddha - Adityabandhu
8/9The Buddha continuing a tradition
9The problems of the pratyeka Buddhas
10/15 The Buddha and omniscience
Past and future knowledge
12Predictions or logical consequences
13Adolescence and unusual faculties
13/15 Thinking in wholes
15/16 "Preaching the law on my personal account"
16/17 Seclusion - viveka
17/18 Hindu culture and the prediction of the Buddha
18/21 The size of the Buddha's robe and other legends
21/23 The Buddha's character and details
24The Four Defects and permanent expulsion from the Order
24/32 Breaches of the precepts and confession
25/26 In the Theravadin tradition
26/27 In the FWBO
27/28 The spiritual state of Ananda
29Confession and the group
30The story of the monk and the executioner
32/34 Suicide and the Arhants
Sacrificing one's body for the Dharma
33/35 Suicide as a social protest
Setting an example
35/38 The effect of sex on mental energy
36/37 Kings and virility
38/43 Visionary experiences and their communication
The Buddha seeing Mara as a black cloud
43Representations of the four Maras
43/45 "Dark and bright counterparts"
45/46 "Vision of unhindered knowledge"