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A Case of Dysentry

by Sangharakshita

The Buddha and Ananda once tended a sick monk, neglected by his companions because of his 'uselessness'. Sangharakshita shows that people cannot be treated as 'things' in the spiritual community.

Talk given in 1982.

This talk is part of the series Incidents from the Pali Canon.

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1. The importance of assembling repeatedly and in large numbers (10:44) 
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2. A story of dysentry from the Vinaya Pitaka (7:41) 
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3. Ananda, the Buddha's personal attendant (6:23) 
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4. Ananda's conditions for being the personal attendant (4:46) 
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5. A relationship of mutual kindness (7:33) 
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6. Seeing people as things and not as people (9:21) 
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7. The essence of friendship: communication and mutual delight (4:26) 
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8. The Buddha's instant response; accepting responsibility (2:22) 
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9. How the Buddha inquires into the matter (3:13) 
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10. Mutual responsibility and mutual spiritual friendship (11:17) 


Total running time: 1:07:46

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