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Looking Ahead a Little Way

by Sangharakshita

At the last Western Buddhist Order convention of the 20th Century, Sangharakshita reviews the road travelled thus far and offers some further thoughts on the future; looking ahead, in particular, to an important change in the formal organisation of the WBO itself: his passing-on of the role of Head of the Order.

N.B. The arrangements outlined in this talk have since been superceded.

Talk given in 1999.

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1. Introduction by Subhuti: when did the Order come into being? (4:24) 
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2. Thoughts on 'the Millenium' (6:51) 
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3. A turning point in history; different visions of history: linear and cyclical (10:33) 
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4. The nature of cyclical process: waves upon waves, cycles of decay and cycles of growth (8:40) 
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5. Distinctive features of the FWBO/TBMSG: i. An ecumenical Movement ii. A unfied Movement (8:13) 
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6. iii. The centrality of the act of Going for Refuge iv. The importance of spiritual friendship (5:55) 
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7. v. Team-based Right Livelihood vi. The importance of the arts and culture (6:45) 
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8. What is acceptance into the Order? A weighty responsibility; handing on the headship of the Order (6:31) 
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9. The future for the Order: resisting dangers from without and within - the importance of harmony (6:20) 
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10. Stream Entry: a radical transformation in the nature of Going for Refuge; four levels of the arising of the Bodhichitta; the real Bodhicitta as neither individualistic nor altruistic; manifesting Avalokiteshvara, becoming an Arya Sangha (7:50) 
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11. Conclusion by Subhuti: listening to the talk again (4:18) 
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12. Chanting by Order Members from India of the Refuges and Precepts and Last Vandana (8:44) 


Total running time: 1:25:04

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