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Mitra Retreat 1985 - Questions and Answers

by Sangharakshita

SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR

MITRA RETREAT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1985

CONTENTS


1-2
Conditioned coproduction, God the creator and no perceptible first beginning
Going beyond subject and object
Conditioned coproduction's uniqueness to Buddhism
3
The arising of ignorance in the nidana chain
Ignorance underlying all of the nidanas
3-4
Is a Buddha subject to the law of karma?
5
Dakinis and Dakas and Dharmapalas
Literal-mindedness and making the mind more subtle
7
A hierarchy of buddhas?
The Trikaya
8
The Buddha answering a question after three requests
Are there too many options of 'spiritual' lifestyle in the west?
The importance of continuing to do something for two or three years
10
Is number seven a magical number in the Udana?
Not speaking a falsehood, even for a joke?
11
Were Mahayanists taking the Bodhisattva Vow too literally? (i.e. not entering
nirvana until all beings are saved)
Steering between being over literal and over metaphorical
12
Specific areas in which Bhante found mindfulness difficult to maintain
'Sorting out' one's sexuality by the age of thirty
13
Marriage 'vows' and Going Forth
13
Traditionally a married man Going Forth with his wife's consent
15
Chanting mantras at the end of pujas?
16
Can one kill out of compassion to save others from harm?
Dealing with ethical dilemmas
17
Second session - question based on 'The Udana'
18
The centrality of the Going for Refuge including the arising of the Bodhicitta
The basic Buddhist act - Going for Refuge
19
Asking people to wait before Going for Refuge
20
Positive and negative seeking of approval
Negating or affirming the self?
21
Some differences between Buddhist and other Indian cosmology and
hierarchies of gods
22
Questions from the Life of the Buddha by Nanamoli
23
The Buddha performing miracles and using his supernormal powers
24
Mahaprajapati putting pressure on the Buddha and His response
25
Bhante's 'System of Meditation'
26
'Let thyself be known, know thyself' as applied to The Buddha
Walking meditation in the FWBO
27
Giving more emphasis to applied meditation
Can humour be creative?
The Buddha's use of irony
27
English humour and Bhante's attempts to eradicate it from the FWBO
Cynicism
28
The Hinayana's narrowing conception of the Arahant in terms of the
diminution of their ability to communicate
Communication of the dharma
29
Reading texts and sutras out loud
30
Tibetan Oracles
31
Learning Pali and Sanskrit
32
Being well mannered in one's dealings with others
The need to be more sensitive
Meeting regularly and in large numbers
34
The lack of black Africans in the FWBO
FWBO activities being financially self-supporting
35
Criteria for Going for Refuge.
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