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The Individual and the Spiritual Community

by Sangharakshita

As one of the Three Jewels the Sangha, or Spiritual Community, is given a place of supreme importance in Buddhism. Why is it so crucial, and how does it differ from an ordinary group or a power structure? How do we join one?

Talk given in 1970.

This talk is part of the series Aspects of the Higher Evolution of the Individual.

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1. Buddhist 'groups' versus going it alone (10:47) 
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2. Four stages of the development of consciouness; alienated awareness (6:52) 
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3. Problems encountered in the Higher Evolution (5:20) 
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4. The importance of spiritual community (6:53) 
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5. The Three Jewels: the significance of the Sangha jewel (6:45) 
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6. Spiritual community - not a group or family (11:03) 
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7. Modern isolation; new Japanese cults (14:23) 
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8. Spiritual community is not a power structure (2:13) 
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9. Foundations of a Spiritual community (6:13) 
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10. Joining the spiritual community (7:32) 
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11. Spiritual community as a source of help in our evolution (3:56) 
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12. The danger of degenerating into a group (3:11) 
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13. The FWBO: helping people to grow (3:27) 


Total running time: 1:28:35

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