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Contents of Door of Liberation

by Sangharakshita

DOOR OF LIBERATION SEMINAR
CONTENTS
Introduction
1 - 3 The four ways of assembling
The four aspects of fearlessness
3 - 6 Nagarjuna and Asanga.
Maitreya and the origin of the Yogacara school
8 - 9 Miracles
10 Debate - Tarksay
14 - 21 The four main schools of Buddhist tenets
21 - 25 Intellectuality as a symptom of anxiety
29 Going for Refuge, Taking the precepts
30 The Buddha as the doctor
31 - 33 Actual and relative Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
The consecration of Thangkas in Tibet
34 - 35 Taking the vows
36 - 40 Degrees of faith and understanding and levels of taking refuge
41 - 46 Avalokitesvara, the lineage of the Dalai Lamas, power and modern changes
45 - 46 Creating new mediums of communication and the drawbacks
48 - 49 The precepts of the lamas
52 - 54 Transmission of and receptivity to the teachings
Chapter 1. The Lineage of the Teaching
55 - 59 Parinirvana. Appointing or not of a successor to the Buddha.
59 - 61 Ananda's humiliation and subsequent Enlightenment
The first gathering of the Arhants after the Parinirvana
62 - 65 Ajatasatru
Ananda and Bharadvaja the sorcerer
Ananda's Parinirvana
Magic, authentic or not?
66 - 71 Demons and Nagas and their importance
How Christianity opposed the natural forces
71 - 75 Arya Upagupta and the demons
72 - 75 The importance of being genuine
75 - 89 Arya Nagarjana
78 Nagarjuna's death (murder)
81 - 88 Aryadeva and Mahesvara
89 - 90 Candrakirti
90 - 91 Arya Asanga and Maitreya
92 The Buddha's prophecy and Avalokitesvara's promise about Tibet
93 - 101 Avalokitesvara's birth and travels
95 - 99 The monkey king and the demoness
98 Tibet's mysterious sub-humans
101 - 103 History of Tibet
103 - 108 Atisa
105 Tsongkhapa
106 - 107 The present Dalai Lama
Chapter 2 Discourses from Sutra
108 - 117 Introduction
110 - 117 Miracles, actual and/or symbolical
Receptivity to literature
117 - 120 The prayer by the first Panchen Lama
120 - 143 The miraculous deeds of Sakyamuni
King Bimbisara and the six pandits
Going against the natural order of things
126 - 130 Energy and negative psychic powers
139 - 145 Some previous lives of the Buddha
139 - 141 King Prajnaprabha and the wheel on the sole of the Buddha's foot
141 - 143 Prince Dong-dum
144 - 145 The pratyekabuddha and the butter
146 - 148 Interpretations of the law of karma
148 The joy of celebrating
149 - 154 Being true to oneself or not
150 - 154 Expressing anger
154 - 163 Prince Gedun
165 - 172 The nun Utpaladok
Chapter 3 Kadampa Precepts
172 - 283 Kadampa precepts
Atisa's arrival in Tibet
173 - 176 The precepts of the Lama
177 - 181 The spirit of the three vows
181 - 186 'Numerous wrong concepts'
186 - 206 'Meditating on the Voidness'
The eight worldly concerns
187 - 189 The precept is advice
189 - 206 The final goal - Voidness
190 - 192 A mind without pretension
195 - 197 The Six Paramitas
204 - 206 Dreams
207 - 214 Condensing the teaching
208 - 213 The metta bhavana as a vipassana practice
The four brahma viharas
215 - 224 Atisa's last precept on leaving Tibet
218 - 221 Following the dharma and being cared for
221 Clairvoyance
222 Hakuin the Zen master and the baby
225 - 229 Atisa's precept on trying to deceive
Bodhisattva ordination
Degradation of ordinations
230 - 236 Taking and keeping vows
235 - 236 The story of Purna
236 - 241 Should one have a private life?
241 - 245 The lotus can bloom in the mire
Do not deceive yourself or others
245 - 246 Finding the dharma in the next life
246 Removing the hindrances
247 - 253 Giving
253 - 254 The timing gap in your mindfulness
254 - 257 Practice at death and the Bardo
257 - 259 The fighting monks in Lhasa
259 - 261 Incidental religious practice
261 - 265 Not settling in one place
262 The three years three months Tibetan retreat
265 Do all in harmony with the dharma
268 - 270 Accepting defeat gracefully
270 Be easily pleased
271 Run from entrapment
272 - 276 The continuous production of skilful mental states
277 - 278 Collecting one's forces
278 - 283 General commentary on Atisa's sayings
283 - 340 Drom
284 - 289 The essence of compassion and wisdom
290 - 291 Feeling metta
292 - 293 Transference of merits
293 - 294 Preoccupying oneself with the basics
294 - 297 The point of a study group leader
297 - 300 The wisdom of merit
Intellectual overconfidence
301 Voidness and conditioned co-production
302 - 303 'The firmness of warmth'
304 The five Bodhisattva paths
304 - 310 Helping yourself and others
307 - 310 The group and individual status
310 - 311 Being an all-rounder
313 - 314 The teaching of the Twofold egolessness
315 - 322 Drom's precept for attaining Buddhahood
(Alienation and Integration)
319 - 320 Bach as an integrated human and Socrates as a neurotic
320 - 329 The effects of the Bodhi-mind
329 - 332 The spirit of renunciation
332 - 334 How to distinguish what is dharma
334 - 337 The foundations of the stages of the Six Paramitas
337 - 343 The necessity of space and solitude
343 The four qualities of the Aryas, stressing simplicity
347 - 350 Sleep, dreams and positive states
350 - 353 Being mechanical
351 - 361 Sticking to your practice
351 - 353 Becoming attached
353 - 356 Natural and conventional morality
356 - 357 The widening of wisdom
357 - 358 Being relevant to your time and place
358 - 361 Psychological types
361 - 364 Meditating on impermanence
364 - 366 The Noble Truth of suffering
367 - 368 Meditating on love and compassion
Meditating on voidness.
368 - 369 The dharma is the antidote, the medicine
370 Healthy desire or neurotic craving?
371 - 376 The meditation of repulsion
373 - 376 Initiation into adulthood, separation from mother
376 The meditation on shame and self reproach
377 - 378 The meditation on filth and stench
379 - 385 The meditation on enmity etc
385 - 390 The meditation on delusion
The X factor
390 - 421 Meditations on patience
394 - 402 Using anger constructively
403 - 424 Do not conform with worldly people
405 - 408 Enemies can benefit one
412 - 413 All beings are our mothers
414 - 422 Fear of weakness
419 - 420 Legends of Bhante
423 - 424 Material impoverishment
425 The truth of non-ego
426 - 433 The twelve nidana meditation
430 Dispassion
434 - 435 Signs of the lower states of birth
436 - 439 Living in solitude
439 - 442 Happiness is desirelessness
442 - 445 Quality as opposed to quantity
445 - 452 The help of the dharma
449 Intelligence versus intellectuality and/or knowledge
452 - 456 Samsara as the Prison
457 - 461 Transference of merit
462 Anatta and self-hate
463 - 465 The three stages of dharma
465 - 467 Faith, effort and humility
468 The culmination of wisdom
469 - 474 The mantrayana vow
Superfluous experience
475 Changing emphasis of the tradition
477 - 479 All living beings are deities
479 - 481 Criticism
481 Intoxicants
481 - 486 Emotional dependence
486 Bodhicitta, the vital force
487 Subject and object are inseparable
488 - 497 Follow the teacher who lives the dharma
496 - 497 Don't let success go to our heads! (FWBO)
497 - 500 The evolving negativity
499 The Tara tradition
501 - 502 Punya as a positive state of mind
503 - 504 Faith in turning from the desires of the world
504 - 505 The Bodhisattva vows
506 - 507 Geshe Sha-bo-gay-pa's self chastisement
509 - 511 The arising Bodhicitta
Chapter 4 Praise of Munindra
511 - 521 Reading of the teachings of Tsongkhapa
521 Voidness is the import of dependent origination
524 - 525 The unconditioned, the incomposite
525 - 527 Correct intellectual understanding as a basis for insight
527 - 543 Communicating one's understanding
Intellectual intuition
532 - 534 Three levels of prajna
544 Ego-reflection
545 Dependent origination
546 World protectors
549 Prajna and jnana
Chapter 5 The Three Principles of the Path
551-555 Text
556 The four immeasurables
564 - 568 Discussing the practices
568 - 580 Text
581 - 591 Discussion of the text
Cleaning as a practice
Bathing and loss of bodily energy
588 - 589 Holy water
591 - 604 The four keys
605 - 620 Meditation of equipoise like space
612 - 614 Meditation of the phenomena of existence
614 The root text
615 - 620 Dedication of merit
Chapter 6 The Concise Meaning of the Stages of the Path
620 - 626 Text
628 - 683 The foundation of all excellence
628 - 631 Text
636 - 637 Adequate sleep versus sloth and torpor
638 Text
642 Tathata - just thatness
Immovable actions
643 - 644 "Not the way of the Sravakas etc."
644 - 683 Text with interspersed discussion:-
648 Essence is not ego
650 The four ways of Assembly,
The four confidences of the Tathagata
The four bases of psychic powers
651 - 657 The Ten Paramitas
659 - 661 The island of cannibals
The nine states of mind
661 - 664 Chanting during puja
667 Turning a negative ego positive
669 Objects of focus
671 - 672 "as it creates as a path the fruits of Buddhahood
Buddha pride as a practice
673 Both siddhis
674 ...

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