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Contents of Second Order Convention 1975

by Sangharakshita

SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR

SECOND ORDER CONVENTION (1975) DISCUSSIONS
CONTENTS
1-3
The relationship between the FWBO and the WBO
3-11 Practical details about ‘Shabda’ and its content
8
Should ‘Shabda’ be confidential i.e. for the eyes of Order members only?
12-17 Finances of the Order - Shabda, kesas, etc.
17-23 The legal position of the WBO
18
Recognition of Buddhist festivals by employers?
19-26 Prison visiting
27-38 The Order Registrar and register - Fundamental administration!
36
The editor of “Shabda”
38
The master of ceremonies
39-49 The Order Library and The Order Archive
47-50 Insuring the Order’s property
51-54 Caring for thangkas
54-59 The Order Convenor
56
Responsibility for Order Conventions and Order Days (early Order
‘weekends’)
59
The Order Registrar
63
Is a Mitra Convenor needed?
65
Next Session - ‘The Order and the Movement’
65-66 The relation of the FWBO to the WBO
66-67 Other ways of Order members functioning apart from through FWBO Centres
68-74 Is it possible to leave the Order?

Removing people from the Order register
73
The first ordinees not having an existing Order to be ordained into
74-75 The ‘objective needs of the situation’
75
A ‘coincidence of wills’
76-83 Using the term ‘Order Member’ rather than upasaka/upasika
80
The Tathagata not being misled by words or conventional speech
83
Trying to avoid the term ‘religious movement’
84-85 Work as karma-yoga
85-87 Starting up new autonomous FWBO Centres with teams of Order members
88
The suggestion of forming FWBO Publications!

FWBO recycled paper factories and farming communities

Suggestions for types of Right Livelihood
89-90 What is ‘semi-monastic’?
90-93 FWBO Educational centres/schools for children
91
Adopting children rather than making one’s ‘own’
94-97 Order members and ‘their’ mitras living together

Communes and communities
97
‘Formal recognition’ of FWBO Centres by the Order
99-114 ‘Assessing’ the three Centres in Britain - Archway (London), Aryatara
(Croydon, Surrey) and Glasgow
100
Decision making by consensus
106-108 The atmosphere at a Centre - tranquil or energetic/’busy’
109
‘You don’t have to be all equal - if you’re not’!
110-113 ‘Leaders’ in the order and in communities
116-118 The FWBO in Cornwall (Manjuvajra’s group)
119
Five members to form an FWBO

Next Session - Devotional and artistic activities
119-122 Chanting of mantras in the puja
124
Suggestion of chanting the Avalokitesvara mantra during pujas
124-127 Devotional feelings - mantras and shrines
127-128 Creating, constructing and maintaining the shrine as a devotional act
129
“Forced holiness”
130-131 Pujas in the dark or with eyes closed?

Pujas with all the lights on
132
Dedicating the shrine on retreat

Being sensitive to the leader of a puja
133-134 Ways of making offerings in pujas
135
Selecting readings for pujas
136
Doing pujas (alone) naked
137
Ceremonies and festivals
138-144 ‘Positive’ atmospheres
140-142 Coarseness
142-149 Buddhist Festivals and their dates
146
Celebrating Parinirvana Day?
150
FWBO and WBO Anniversary celebrations
151-152 Dates for Order Conventions
153-156 Wearing kesas and using Order names in public - and within the Order
156-157 The shortening of Order names (e.g. ‘Vajra’ for ‘Vajrakumara’)
157
Using Celtic names for Order members
158-159 Kesas
160-163 Creating a simpler puja for newcomers as opposed to the Sevenfold Puja
163-167 Buddhist ceremonies for the dead?
167-168 Bodhidharma Day
169-170Celebrating the Chinese Patriarch Chih-i?
172Plans for a Puja Book
173-175The Five Precepts and the Ten Precepts
The fifth precept as total abstention from intoxicants?
174Not chanting the Refuges outside of the Order
177The fine arts and spiritual life
178-180Order robes? ‘Dressing up’ for pujas etc.
180-182Music and dance in pujas
183-184Professionalism and creativity
185Handicrafts in the Order
187‘Whatever we love, we want to embellish’
188Next Session
190-212Mitras and the kalyana mitra system
194The beginnings of establishing the mitra system. 35 mitras worldwide at the
time of this session!
194-197Preparing for ordination
212-227Resolution of difficulties with the mitra system
216Resignation of mitras
214-218Facilities for Friends and Mitras
220-226Discussions about specific mitra/kalyana mitra relationships
228Communication between kalyana mitras
230-240Hierarchies in the FWBO? Friends
232The dayaka - supporter
239-242Cords/kesas for mitras?
243Kalyana mitras of the same sex?
244-246‘Mitrata’ and its content
246-257Next session - the teaching and studying of the Dharma
246Spending more and more time on less and less
249Allowing study groups to go off at tangents
250-252Difficulties with studying particular texts
252-255Approaches to study The word ‘study’ and the word ‘seminar’
258The aim of a study group
259-264Preparation for giving lectures
260The three lectures that any Order member should be able to give
266Two ways of attracting people to the FWBO - meditation and lectures
268Using visual aids when teaching
269The Higher Evolution
270-272The micchaditthi of everybody being equal and challenging wrong thinking
273-277Contacting ‘Political Idealists’
278Taking meditation classes
280Being wary of innovation in meditation classes
Visualisation of Sakyamuni and the Stupa
280-282The Six Element Practice and Just Sitting Practice
282-286Walking and Chanting
286Not ‘forcing the pace’ when taking classes
286-295Varying the programme on retreats
291-292Mixing meditation and study?
295-299Dissatisfied people at public classes
300Speakers’ classes
302Next Session - The Functions of the Order and the WBO
303-325Starting new Centres and activities
307-308FWBO activities in Scotland in 1975309-310The FWBO in Bristol?
311-312Expansion to the Midlands and the North - Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool
Manchester, Sheffield?
316The standard FWBO set up is only one of the possibilities
318London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen as FWBO bases in Europe
320-321FWBO contacts in the Netherlands and in Germany
323-326The FWBO in Beirut, Yugoslavia, Poland, Israel, Australia?
328Wholefoods as a possible area for FWBO work?
329Sending the FWBO Newsletter to all Buddhist groups
331-334Buddhist involvement with environmental issues?
335Looking for new, young, Order members and not letting the Order become
staid
336Social and political involvement of the Order/FWBO
337Employer and employee relationships
338-340Political systems - Proudhon, Henry George, Schumacher
341-342Involvement in local politics
343-346Subhuti gives information about the new London Buddhist Centre and
community - to be - in Bethnal Green
345Arrangements for receivings guests at the new centre
349-352Lokamitra on fundraising the £15,000 (£30,000 in total) needed to renovate
the New London Centre
353‘The FWBO and other (non-Buddhist) spiritual traditions’
357-361Transcendental Meditation and Divine Light
362Spiritualism
365Sufis
369The absurdity of saying that all religions are one
370Conflicts between individual needs and the needs of the Order/Movement
373Rejoicing in one’s own merits
373-374Next Session - General Questions
374-375The size of an Order Chapter
378Order members becoming Kalyana Mitras
378-379Suggestions of texts for future seminars
383Order members not having any ‘private lives’ /secrets - at least to be able to be
completely open with one or two other Order members.
385-386Encouaraging people to go on solitary retreats
387Presenting Buddhism but not as ‘Buddhism’ - i.e. as the Higher Evolution of
Man for example
390-392Don’t apologise for being a Buddhist!
395Higher ordinations in the WBO - the maha-upasaka and the anagarika
397-398Seniority ...

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