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An Evening with Sangharakshita

by Sangharakshita

A Question-and-Answer evening with Sangharakshita from the Croydon Buddhist Centre in November, 2004

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1. Introduction by Jnanagarbha and Sangharakshita (1:42) 
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2. Cultural, political and social change in the UK since the FWBO's foundation; samsara always samsara - living more simply (3:14) 
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3. Early years of the FWBO and how it developed organically (4:57) 
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4. Teacher-pupil relationships and power; getting away from acting from power - mindfulness and self-knowledge (5:01) 
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5. If you could go back to start the FWBO again, would you change anything? The structure of the FWBO (3:05) 
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6. Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche - Guru yoga with a dead or unknown teacher (3:20) 
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7. Can a group have collective karma? Hints from the Pali Canon; collective rebirth - Jataka tales; a coincidence of karmas (3:20) 
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8. Which historical or legendary figure would you like to meet - what is it to meet someone? John Keats (2:57) 
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9. Stephen Bachelor; controversial views; existentialism and Buddhism (3:33) 
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10. Devotion towards human, historical figures; Atisha (3:09) 
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11. Altruistic activity as an Insight practice in the light of illness in the world; work in India; the Insight aspect; the need for support (5:47) 
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12. How do you spend your time, what do you reflect on? Youth and old friends; the Buddha's teachings (4:09) 
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13. What do you still want to achieve? Buddhism and Christianity; memoir (2:55) 
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14. Is there any one event you'd do differently in your life given the chance? (1:29) 
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15. Meditation and acceptance; recognition and the Four Right Efforts (3:04) 
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16. Happiest and saddest moments of life; happiest - amongst the new Buddhists of India; appreciation of the Dharma in India and in the West; saddest - the suicide of a friend (5:31) 
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17. Sickness, old age, and death (4:09) 
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18. Fears for the FWBO - from within and from without; succumbing to the zeitgeist; loss of inspiration; practice rather than fear; being true to your ideals - a quote from Shakespeare's Henry V (5:41) 
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19. Regrets - musical instruments, languages, travel, memoirs (2:45) 
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20. Hopes for the FWBO - spreading the Dharma (2:18) 
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21. What are you proudest of? Buddha pride; work in India and after; spiritual sons, daughters and grand-daughters (4:36) 


Total running time: 1:16:42

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