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The Individual, the Group, and the Community

by Sangharakshita

A Spiritual Community consists of Individuals; a group does not consist of Individuals. What is individuality? How can an ordinary group support our efforts to transcend the group?

Talk given in 1971.

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1. Sustaining commitment - festival days; Sangha Day (13:30) 
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2. Lay and 'full time' followers; rainy season retreats; katinacivaradana (14:02) 
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3. Monasteries and the rainy season retreat (4:48) 
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4. The spiritual community of individuals vs. the group - traditional definition of the spiritual community (7:36) 
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5. The first fetter: satkayadrsti (5:39) 
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6. The second fetter: vicikitsa (2:57) 
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7. The third fetter: silavrata-paramarsa (4:57) 
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8. The Individual: awareness; independence (6:22) 
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9. Going forth from the group, and helping others to do so (10:28) 
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10. The fragmentation of the manageable group (7:36) 
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11. External conditions - contact with other aspiring individuals (5:50) 


Total running time: 1:23:45

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