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The Spiritual Community

by Sangharakshita

The nature of the Buddhist spiritual community and why it is so essential to spiritual life...

Talk given in 1966.

This talk is part of the series Introducing Buddhism.

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1. What it is like to give a lecture; the 'what' and the 'why' of spiritual community (5:16) 
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2. What is spiritual community (sangha)? How one becomes a Buddhist: the Three Refuges (8:27) 
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3. The Buddha Jewel and the Dharma Jewel (9:19) 
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4. The Sangha Jewel; the Great Sangha (maha-sangha) (5:23) 
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5. The Monastic Order (bhikshu/bhikshuni-sangha) and the parajikas (rules which, if broken, exclude one from the Order) (7:59) 
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6. The Community of the Noble (arya-sangha); the four grades of Bodhisattvas (9:13) 
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7. Why have a Sangha? Spiritual friendship and clarifying one's understanding (14:26) 
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8. The benefits of spiritual community; 'sufficient knowledge' of the Dharma (6:44) 
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9. The Three Jewels in England (7:53) 


Total running time: 1:14:40

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