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Contents of Going for Refuge - Questions and Answers Women-s Pre-ordination Retreat 1986

by Sangharakshita


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SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS on
'GOING FOR REFUGE' (Lecture given in Bombay in 1981)
WOMEN'S PRE-ORDINATION RETREAT, RIVENDELL, July 1986
CONTENTS
1Adi Buddhas
'Beginningless'
23-29The opening of the Dharma Eye and Stream Entry?
2Vajrasattva the Adi-Buddha and Vajrasattva the
The Five Eyes
Bodhisattva
24The content of the Buddha's universal vision
3'Archetypal realms'
The Avatamsaka Sutra and universal mutual
4-16A lack of gratitude as a hindrance to Going for Refuge?
interpenetration
6Taking things for granted
27The individualistic Arahant ideal as opposed to the original
9Increasing gratitude within the FWBO
Arahant ideal
10-11Sensitivity to 'authoritarianism'
29-30The development of the Imagination (with a capital 'I') and
16Yasa's insight in the life of the Buddha
the opening of the Dharma Eye
17The house life during the Buddha's time
Looking at art that you like, not what you ought to like
18-22Changing one's lifestyle
31Minor writers that people on the seminar liked
19"Lifestyle, though secondary, does reflect commitment"
31-32The rate of progress after Stream Entry?
20One does not need to know all there is to know
33Klesa-Mara - Mara as the personification of the
21Keeping in touch with world and current affairs?
defilements

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35The Bodhisattva and the Arahant - Individual(istic)
64Creativity, clarity and commitment
Enlightenment
36-37The collective arising of the Bodhicitta?
37-39Is there enough Bodhisattva spirit in the Order?
39-41Taking care when returning from retreat
41-42The need for periods of 'withdrawal' from one's usual
activities
43Ethnic/Cultural Going for Refuge
44Next Session - provisional Going for Refuge
44-45Are other Buddhists influenced by the FWBO?
47Order members are not lay people in the traditional sense
48Could the WBO make more use of some of the Vinaya
rules?
50Can monasticism be another form of 'gravitational pull'?
Working monks and members of the Order
52Is there an optimum size for a public centre?
54More about Arhants and Bodhisattvas
57Knowledge of the Dharma dying out in a world system
58'Path and Fruit' - from Stream Entry to Arahantship
A 'Transcendental Volition'
58-59The fetters
Is the first fetter the fundamental fetter to break?
59'The thought of death concentrates a man's mind
wonderfully'
59-62Developing Insight via death, jealousy or some other form
of suffering, and not simply by formal meditation
62Insight through communication
63Creativity, change and impermanence
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