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The Sangha or Buddhist Community

by Sangharakshita

The Sangha exists on different levels. Members of the purely spiritual or Noble Sangha have all broken some of the ten fetters, which are explained in the lecture.

Note: The details concerning ordination in the WBO are now out of date.

N.B. Poor original recording

Talk given in 1968.

This talk is part of the series Introducing the Three Jewels of Buddhism.

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1. Three levels of Sangha; the Arya Sangha (8:37) 
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2. Three great stages of the path;three kinds of wisdom (4:35) 
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3. The two principal aspects of Insight (vipassana); the first two grades of voidness (shunyata) (8:11) 
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4. The ten spiritual fetters in relation to the Stream Entrant: i. personality view (sakkaya-ditthi) (5:44) 
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5. ii. Sceptical doubt, indecision (vichikiccha); iii. Attachment to rites and ceremonies (silabbata-paramasa) (5:07) 
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6. Stream Entry and serious Buddhists (3:04) 
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7. The Once Returner and the ten fetters: iv. Desire for sensuous existence (kamachanda); v. Anger (vyapada) (6:00) 
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8. The Non-Returner, the Arahant and the ten fetters: vi. Desire for existence as form (ruparaga); vii. Desire for formless existence (aruparaga); viii. Conceit (mana); ix. Instability (uddhacca); x. Spiritual ignorance (avijja) (5:21) 
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9. The Bhikkhu-Sangha (8:53) 
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10. The Maha-Sangha (3:01) 
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11. Four grades of ordination (2:53) 
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12. The need for a genuine and united spiritual community (3:19) 


Total running time: 1:04:45

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