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Contents of A Survey of Buddhism - Chapter 1 Sections 8 - 18

by Sangharakshita

Sangharakshita in Seminar

Questions and Answers on
A Survey of Buddhism Chapter One: Sections Eight to Eighteen

[Second Transcriptions Edition - December 2000]


Contents
[Please note that these page numbers refer to the page numbers in square brackets within the transcript.
These are the page numbers used in the first edition.]

Page Subject

2 Limitations of language in communicating the trancendental
5 Explaining Nirvana to a beginner
6 Rupadhyana and arupadhyana
8 Consciousness and matter
11 The difficulty of beginners’ ‘simple’ questions
13 Mindfulness
16 Confusing the principle with its application
19 Isolated “Nothing is fully known by the Enlightened”
22 Ineffable Nirvana. No rebirth as a result of karma
24 The question of the Buddha’s life span
26 Bodhisattvas come when called. Adoptionism
31 Five eyes of the Buddha
33 Misinterpreting the Dharma
38 Giving advice
42 Development of positive and reactive qualities
43 Broadening one’s framework
44 The Buddha’s previous lives. Incompatible terminologies
45 The poisoned arrow
46 Rights (and Buddhist terminology)
50 Rights, discrimination and inadequacies of legislation
56 Possibilities of Buddhist state or government
57 The Buddha’s faculty of recollection of previous rebirths
62 Expressions of Nirvana
63 Sariputra’s first glimpse and receptivity
66 Impermanence and change
69 Intellectual and emotional understanding
72 Sunyata
76 Degrees of suffering
80 The change in Christianity around the 13th-century
82 The importance of the hierarchy
85 The Greater Mandala
86 Platonic philosophy and angels
89 The devas
91 Imagination
102 Flowers and fairies
105 Humans as the cattle of the Gods
106The Nidanas. Avijja
109 Karmic rebirth and choice of sex

A Survey of Buddhism Chapter One: Sections Eight to Eighteen
[Second Transcriptions Edition - December 2000]
Contents Page 2

112 Fundamental differences between the sexes
129 Positive nidanas
133 Asamskrtadhatu
135 Jhanas
136 Ramana Maharshi
137 The pre-enlightenment meditations of the Buddha
145 The dynamic nature of Enlightenment
148 Brahmacarya
151 Etymology of Brahmana. Anatman
157 Beings or symbols
159 Developing ones own iconography
162 Vijnana
164 Consciousness and rebirth
175 The nature of insight
180 Bare insight - the vipassana tradition
184 Sex and ethics
186 Sleep and dreams and sex
188 Luxury or necessity
191 Defining a monastic lifestyle
193 Problems with sexual relationships
199 Traditions of relationships within the Muslim and other cultures
206 Setting up men’s communities
209 The physical base of mind
216 Dreams
222 Kalyana mitrata and ‘psychic contact’
225 The Bardo state
227 Rules and principles
229 Angels again!
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