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Buddhism and the Path of the Higher Evolution

by Sangharakshita

In answering the question 'What is Buddhism?', Sangharakshita identifies higher evolution - the development of higher states of consciousness - with the twelve links in the progressive trend of the Buddha's teaching of conditioned co-production.

Talk given in 1969.

This talk is part of the series The Higher Evolution.

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1. Prelude (4:45) 
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2. General recapitulation on the theme (5:02) 
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3. Recapitulation of topics so far (9:50) 
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4. Introduction to lecture (4:10) 
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5. What is Buddhism? (8:29) 
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6. The Buddha's criteria of the Dharma (8:21) 
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7. Buddhism as the path towards higher Evolution (7:38) 
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8. The Twelve Positive Nidanas - an introduction (4:06) 
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9. Suffering (10:43) 
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10. Faith (3:03) 
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11. Joy and delight (3:59) 
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12. Rapture and ecstasy (6:10) 
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13. Pacification (0:57) 
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14. Bliss (5:23) 
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15. Concentration (8:20) 
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16. Knowledge and Vision of Reality; the four remaining nidanas (3:49) 
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17. Conclusion (2:01) 


Total running time: 1:36:46