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The Heroic Ideal in Buddhism

by Sangharakshita

Buddhism is sometimes seen as weak or negative. Using examples from the Pali Canon and Mahayana texts, this lecture shows that, on the contrary, heroic and positive qualities are essential in the Buddhist spiritual aspirant's quest for Enlightenment.

Talk given in 1969.

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1. Misunderstandings of Buddhism (3:16) 
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2. Negative impressions of Buddhism (8:46) 
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3. The Buddha as hero (11:40) 
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4. His social background and going forth (7:53) 
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5. His austerities (5:50) 
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6. Fear and determination (3:39) 
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7. Heroic emphasis in the Dharma (3:16) 
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8. Devadatta (5:23) 
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9. Confidence and strength (3:09) 
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10. Heroism in the Bodhisattva Ideal (3:09) 
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11. The Bodhisattva as hero (4:36) 
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12. Conclusion (1:42) 


Total running time: 1:02:19

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