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Contents of Second Mitra Retreat - Questions and Answers 1976

by Sangharakshita




SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR


SECOND MITRA RETREAT 1976

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

CONTENTS

1-4
Buddhist and Hindu views on Rebirth/reincarnation
2
Is time real?
5
Does the ego survive bodily death?
6
The concept of "God" in the Mahayana?
6-7
Criticism of Jesus Christ
7
The Buddha does not claim to be infallible
8-7
Belief in God and using the term 'God' if discussing Buddhism with non-Buddhists
8-11
Jesus Christ's usage of the term 'God' and 'God the Father'. Did Christ believe in
God?
10-12 Middleton Murray's theories about Christ being a follower of John The Baptist
12-13 Accumulating merit (punya)
13-14 Repeating patterns/habits
15
What is a mandala?
16-20 Thangkas (Buddhist paintings) being used as mere decoration
17-19 Using rituals and initiations as mere performances
20
The word 'thangka' coming from 'prabhā' - radiance
21
Eastern criticism of westerners and vice-versa
22-23 'Doing good' in one's own area - not having to look too far afield
22-24 Christian missionary activity
23-25 The danger of large international charitable organisations
25-26 Why the FWBO has no "Headquarters"
26
Comments on the texts studied on the retreat - The Ratnagunasamcayagatha
(Perfection of Wisdom), Songs of Milarepa and Meeting Spiritual Friends
27
Suggestions for future seminars
28
The Buddhist tradition of not reading/studying alone
29-30 The Dharmakaya
30-33 Recommended books on Buddhism?
33
Comments on earlier study seminar conditions
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