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Contents of Combined Order Convention 1985 - Questions and Answers

by Sangharakshita

SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR


QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS

COMBINED ("MIXED") ORDER CONVENTION 1985

CONTENTS

1
The general inadequacies of the question and answer sessions
2
Chanting in the FWBO Not injecting emotion into mantra chanting
The magical-cum-scientific and the devotional approach to chanting
3
Bhante's general avoidance of the use of the language of chakras and currents
etc.
Using Buddhist calendar dates rather than Christian ones
4
Tension between the world and those trying to lead a spiritual life
5
Using Bhante's seminar tapes and using teachings that particularly appeal -
the Precious Garland seminar
6
Buddhist iconography and symbolism The figure of the Buddha only being
originally portrayed by symbols
7
The need to re-evaluate everything that has come down through the Buddhist
tradition to see what is essential
8
Not using images in Muslim countries
Traditional attachment to robes and objects of worship
Symbols. The precious metals of the Ten Pillars
Bhante's views on alternative medicine Dependence on the contact with the
practitioner
8-9
The need to question one's motives if practising medicine
9-10
Donation of organs after death - does it affect the consciousness? An act of
dana
A need to reassess our whole attitude towards life and death
11-13 Next Session Being in debt and reasons for this - Not taking responsibility
for oneself Being infantile
lack of imagination
Not just talking about individuality but having to practise it!
14
Becoming self-supporting through Right Livelihood businesses as opposed to
signing on the dole - creating a strong financial basis for all activities
15
Buddhism's role in the educational system?
16
Order members becoming involved with other non-Centre but Buddhist
related activities such as meditation for world peace
17
"Where have all the Bodhisattvas gone?"
The eleven headed, thousand armed Avalokiteshvara as a symbol of the Order
18
The disaster of triviality!
Training oneself to lead study
Using a dictionary Having access to dictionaries of one's own language and
Pali and Sanskrit
19
Bhante's attitude to computers The possible danger of alienation in computer
programmers
20
Talking about the FWBO in its entirety through the Newsletter
21
The difficulty of expressing things in the written word
Joy in new books being written by Order members and not just Bhante.
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