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Authority and the Individual in the New Society

by Sangharakshita

In creating a spiritual community people need to eschew completely the use of the 'power mode' in interacting with each other. This contrasts strongly with ordinary 'groups', where relationships are often based on authority, sometimes the authority of a personal God.

Talk given in 1979.

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1. The opening of Sukhavati (5:50) 
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2. The nucleus of a New Society (4:16) 
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3. The spiritual community of individuals (5:29) 
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4. What does the spiritual community do? (5:37) 
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5. Making the transition from the old to the new society; change - the real miracle (12:06) 
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6. The true individual and the statistical individual; the meaning of authority (4:16) 
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7. Representing authority (4:00) 
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8. Spiritual community cannot exist with power (10:23) 
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9. The god of power and the god of love (9:36) 
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10. Temporal power and Christian power structures (6:41) 
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11. The governing principle of spiritual community (5:23) 
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12. Going for Refuge from the group to the spiritual community; the Amitayur-dhyana Sutra (5:55) 
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13. Queen Vaydevi (2:09) 
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14. The series of sixteen meditations; a society inspired by the Bodhichitta (6:09) 


Total running time: 1:27:50

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