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The Psychology of Spiritual Development

by Sangharakshita

A discussion of the law of conditionality and its two trends, represented by the twelve links on the Wheel of Life and the twelve links of the spiral path to Enlightenment.

Talk given in 1967.

This talk is part of the series Aspects of Buddhist Psychology.

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1. The word 'spiritual'; a psychology of 'normal' and 'supernormal' mental states (7:11) 
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2. The meaning of 'development'; the problem of communicating the Dharma (7:41) 
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3. The law of conditionality (pratitya samutpada) (4:55) 
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4. Reactive and progressive conditionality (5:03) 
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5. Description of the Wheel of Life (4:29) 
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6. The twelve nidanas (Œlinks¹) (6:12) 
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7. Two kinds of nidanas: causal and resultant (2:56) 
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8. Three junctures in the nidana chain (3:20) 
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9. The sudden method: the story of Bahiya (6:51) 
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10. The gradual method and the twelve positive nidanas: i. suffering (6:52) 
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11. ii. Faith (2:08) 
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12. iii. Joy (3:12) 
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13. iv. Rapture: five kinds (2:44) 
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14. v. Pacification (2:09) 
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15. vi. Bliss (0:59) 
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16. vii. Samadhi; the story of the Buddha and the king (5:42) 
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17. viii. Knowledge and vision of things as they really are; the first two kinds of shunyata ('voidness') (3:06) 
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18. ix. Withdrawal (0:56) 
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19. x. Dispassion (0:36) 
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20. xi. Freedom: two kinds (0:56) 
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21. xii. Knowledge of the destruction of the ashravas (mental poisons); the three ashravas (1:58) 


Total running time: 1:19:56

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