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Stream Entry: the Point of No Return

by Sangharakshita

For most people, continual spiritual effort is required to counteract the 'gravitational pull' of mundane existence. However, there is a point on the path of ethics, meditation and Wisdom beyond which the Transcendental becomes the dominant influence, and one has 'entered the stream'.

Talk given in 1969.

This talk is part of the series The Higher Evolution.

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1. Prelude (5:34) 
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2. Recapitulation of series (5:49) 
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3. Introduction to lecture (4:13) 
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4. What is the 'Point of No Return'? The 'gravitational pull' (8:57) 
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5. The Tibetan Wheel of Life (3:56) 
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6. The Dharmadatu (3:07) 
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7. Three stages of the Higher Evolution: (3:17) 
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8. i. Morality - sila (5:46) 
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9. ii. Meditation - samadhi (5:27) 
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10. Meditation and the gravitational pull of the Conditioned (9:43) 
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11. Meditation and the gravitational pull of the Unconditioned (6:04) 
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12. iii. Wisdom - prajna (1:35) 
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13. Stream Entry: the Point of No Return (5:07) 
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14. The importance of reaching the Point of No Return (5:58) 
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15. How to attain Stream Entry (6:36) 
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16. The Three Fetters: i . self-view (5:20) 
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17. ii. Doubt and indecision (1:55) 
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18. iii. Dependence on moral rules and religious observances (1:27) 
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19. Conclusion (2:39) 


Total running time: 1:32:30

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