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The Transcendental Eightfold Path

by Sangharakshita

Sangharakshita turns his attention to the distinction between the mundane Eightfold Path and the transcendental Eightfold Path. This must be grasped if we are to move towards Insight. The path of self-transformation begins with a glimpse of reality - and culminates in the complete transformation of society.

Talk given in 1994.

This talk is part of the series Two Lectures to a Conference on the Nature of Reality – Buddhism as Transformation.

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1. What makes a Buddhist? (12:00) 
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2. Pseudo-spiritual consumerism - on Tantric initiation in the West (15:07) 
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3. Five ethical precepts (17:23) 
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4. Levels of Going for Refuge (12:19) 
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5. Topsy-turvy views and Perfect Vision; the two Eightfold Paths (8:30) 
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6. The steps of the Path of Vision and Transformation (8:22) 
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7. The three samadhis; becoming Real Buddhists (4:34) 

Total running time: 1:18:15