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Contents of Men-s Order Convention 1985 - Questions and Answers

by Sangharakshita

SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS

MEN'S ORDER CONVENTION 1985
CONTENTS

2-4
What is Vedanta?
The vedas


4
What did vedanta absorb from Buddhism?
6
Comparing Buddhist and Hindu visualisation and mantra recitation
Bodhisattvas are a manifestation of sunyata
Sunyata is not an ontological principle
Chastity - of body, speech and mind
6
The historical importance of chastity in Buddhism
7
The modern devaluation of friendship and overemphasis on sex
Working towards a higher degree of chastity from wherever one is
10
The historicity of Sakyamuni, Gautama, the Buddha
Why historicity is questioned
11
Healthy and unhealthy competition
12
The history of mantra chanting in the FWBO
The Padmasambhava mantra
13
The Tara mantra
13
The possibility of structured training in visualisation
14
Meditation posture
Meditation cushions
15
The Buddha's assenting by silence
Bhante's not assenting by silence
16
Visualisation, especially of Vajrasattva, as a cure for serious illness?
16
Dharmachari Mahadhammavira - reflections on the dead Order member from
India's happiness and goodwill
19
Suicide and Buddhism
21
Next Session
Using English literature to possibly enhance one's experience of the Dharma
22
Music in Sufism and in Buddhism
Using music in small quantities to contact positive emotions
23
Could the development of a musical tradition in the FWBO be encouraged?
24
"How does friendship relate with Stream Entry?"
24
The first fetter - habit - sakayadrsti
25
Doubt - vicikitsa
'Going through the motions' - silavrataparamarsa
25-26 Visualisation, especially of Vajrasattva, as a cure for serious illness? (the same
question as the previous session with a similar, but slightly different, answer from Bhante)
26
Where is Devadatta at the moment and will he gain enlightenment?!
27
People finding their way back to the Dharma even if they have previously
abandoned it
What to do with unwanted demons
28
Maintaining one's awareness when travelling on the London Underground
The use of personal stereo systems (Walkmans/men/people) and the ensuing
possible alienation and 'schizophrenia'
29
The expressing of 'negativity'
Different types of people having different types of 'negativity' - those who
self-perpetuate it and those who have a finite amount which can be exhausted
30
Bhante's contact with Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche
31
The wearing of the blue shirt in India and elsewhere
Bhante's robes worn when conferring ordinations
33
"There is not a Sangha in the East at all"
The different nikayas and their Sanghakammas
34
How are beings reborn in the human realm and not the animal realm?

35
The Samadhinimita - first characteristic of concentration - the four
satipatthanas
Things which are spoken or written generally but being appropriate to many
individuals
36
Resolution of rifts in the Sangha/Order
38
The difficulties of asking potentially libellous questions!
39
Some other Buddhist groups not succeeding in communication Dharma
What is Western Buddhism?
Alcoholism in some Zen groups
40
Alcoholism, sexual promiscuity and authoritarianism in some traditional
Buddhism groups
Buddhist teachers having bodyguards and the Buddha sending bodyguards
away
40-42 Lama Govinda's Aryamaitreyamandala
Have other Buddhist groups failed to communicate the principles of Dharma
effectively?
43
Bhante's own comments to the Order
Rifts in the Order
43-44 The need for deepening trust in the Order
44
Why there is the structure of Order/Chapter meetings, Order Weekends and
Order conventions - to help realise the connection with the greater Order
44
The importance of writing to Shabda, the Order newsletter
45
Encouragement and advice for becoming good public speakers
Becoming effective writers
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