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Contents of Cumbria Ordination Retreat 1977 - Questions and Answers

by Sangharakshita




1-3 Grasping the concept of Enlightenment

4 The wholesome influence of Buddhism

5 Monks giving up monasticism on leaving Tibet

5-6 Religious orders surviving longer than states or empires

6 Going for Refuge outside time

7 Two types of sila - conventional and natural morality

8-10 Neurotic and non-neurotic feelings of guilt

10 The precepts

11 The distinction between anger and hatred

12 Repressing anger

12-20 The second precept - not taking the not given

14-18 'Rights' have no ethical basis

16 A bhikkhu cannot be party to a law suit

20 Can a Buddhist have recourse to the law?

21-22 Why the fifth precept (of the five) is not included among the ten upasaka precepts

22-23 Alcohol, stimulants and sedatives

24-26 Going for refuge when under the influence of any drugs

25 Depression - Is it just a chemical imbalance?

26-27 Epilepsy

27-28 Depression, repressed resentment and lack/excess of energy

29-30 Being galvanised before, during or after going for refuge

30-32 Stimulants and smoking

33-35 Refined and adulterated foods Addictions

36-37 Never to try to escape from boredom Stressful situations

38-47 Children on retreats and retreats for families

45 The circle of flames vajras and lotuses in a mandala

46 Emotional blackmail

47 'Renunciation' as a 'dirty word'

48 Ideal parenthood. Entering into parenthood as a responsible act

48 The ideal ages for parenthood

49 Two reasons to discourage marriage

50 Extended families and the nuclear family

51 Talking to pet cats on silent retreats


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