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Growing the Spiritual Community

by Sangharakshita

Why might gathering together in large numbers strengthen a spiritual community? Why did the Buddha counsel his monks not to change accepted practice? Do we respect spiritual elders? These are some of the questions asked in this exploration of what it's going to take to maintain the Western Buddhist Order and the FWBO as a vibrant and spiritually prospering community. Taking the Buddha's 'Seven points for the Stability of the Sangha' as his text, Sangharakshita explores their meaning and continuing relevance for 21st century Buddhists.

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Given on the FWBO International Retreat at Taraloka in May 2008

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1. General introductions by Parami (2:30) 
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2. Karunasura chants the Mahamangalam Sutta (4:15) 
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3. Parami introducing Sangharakshita (3:07) 
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4. Sangharakshita - a network of spiritual friends (7:17) 
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5. Seven points for the survival and prosperity of the sangha (3:15) 
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6. Gathering together in large numbers (4:52) 
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7. Harmony and tolerance (5:58) 
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8. Not changing accepted practice (6:07) 
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9. Respect for spiritual elders (3:04) 
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10. Safeguarding our spiritual vision (2:29) 
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11. Wholehearted intensity of practice (2:32) 
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12. Welcoming people to the sangha (4:53) 
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13. Summing up by Parami (7:43) 


Total running time: 58:02

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