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Contents of Milarepa and the Novices - Song of a Yogi-s Joy - Unchecked

DISCLAIMER - This transcript has not been checked by Sangharakshita, and may contain mistakes and mishearings. Checked and reprinted copies of all seminars will be available as part of the Complete Works Project.

by Sangharakshita

MILAREPA AND THE NOVICES SEMINAR

CONTENTS
PAGE SUBJECT
1Milarepa himself. 'Commands' from gurus
2/4Local deities
5Deities as objectively perceived entities
6'Angry trees' and 'Happy trees'
7Living close to trees and lots of animals. Five novices come to visit Milarepa
8The word of mouth as the best form of advertising
9 Milarepa's song of joy
10Seeing loneliness and solitude as fearful or joyous
11The 'Clear light' of the void
12Its many ways of appearance
13Total freedom from distraction
14'The mandala of spiritual power 'The Dakini' - the spontaneous arising of the mind
15'The best present is the Dharma
16/17 The next song. Marpa in relation to Milarepa
18/19 The hallmark of the Vajrayana. Comparing the three yanas.
20/21 Buddhahood in one lifetime The different goals of each yana
22Faults of the tantra. The four tantras
23/4 Making much of your likes and dislikes - Duality
25Refining 'tastes' - Swinburne and alcoholism
26Personal 'tastes' Accepting facts as facts - Accepting hierarchies.
27Performing skilful actions to boost the ego
28Doing things for approval Do not stay away from the spiritual community overnight
29Being 'anti-social' Are parties social?
30Sangharakshita's experience of a party. Intellectual conceits
31 Not doing too many activities when on solitary retreat.
Using spiritual powers for worldly ends
32 Boasting of spiritual powers
33Performing 'Spiritual' acts purely for money and esteem
34/5Which scriptures are actually the Buddha's teaching? The unifying factor in the
teachings
36/7 The next song The different ways in which the novices should exert themselves
Enjoyment of learning
38Preparation for taking classes
39Squandering your spiritual inheritance
40Keep exerting oneself
41The uncertainty of death. Looking at positive aspects of the Unconditioned ( as
opposed to negative aspects of the conditioned)
42Refining the conditioned through skilful use of pleasure
43'Collecting' information. The thirst for knowledge
44People wasting their lives Boasting
45Arrogance dries up inspiration
46/7'Judging' a person s actions in relation to that person and not in isolation
48/9Competitiveness
Biological survival
50Women in hierarchies Matrilineality
51Formation of dominance structures 'Cunning'
52'Cunning'
53Honesty
54Being oneself should be easy but it isn't
55Teaching children to lie
56Losing one's honesty and straightforwardness in the transition from child to adult
57/8The novices offer a golden mandala which Milarepa returned
Views, Contemplation and practice
59The next song regarding views; contemplation and practice
60Yogachara - nothing is separate from the mind. 'The clear nature of thought itself'
61Redirecting one's mind
62Transformation of energy. The ten virtues
63Pracising despite one's surroundings. Transcending duality
64 Realising that one was never unenlightened
65'The one point to drive home' - voidness
66Did Milarepa write the songs of Milarepa?
67Blake, Locke and the Yogachara
68Academic philosophy and extreme technology. Comparing Locke and Berkeley
69Dissocciation of emotion and reason in the 17th Century
A theoretical emphasis on practice
70The next song 'of knowers of the way'
71Having more than one teacher
72Receiving instruction from other sources - even one s own mind.
The basic prerequisites for knowing the way
73Clearing the darkness of wrong views
74The Brahmajala sutra - wrong views
75Faith - leading upwards
76The five spiritual faculties. Self containment
77Transformation of body speech and mind into the three kayas
78 The land of Great Bliss
79The novices invite Milarepa to their country. Milarepa sings his next song
80The song
81Warning against over confidence in one s attainments.
One depends upon a positive environment
82The mandala visualisation
83Parts of the body and mind fighting against spiritual change - physical symptoms
84Headaches in meditation
85The importance of doing the metta bhavana. Experiencing negative emotions
86Signs of alienation. The Buddha nature as beautiful
87Seeing 'good' and 'evil' on 'Its own level'
88When you are enlightened you do not go beyond the law of karma
89Kirkegaard on the assumptions of Christianity. Empty rituals
90Taking teachings and lectures seriously
91The next song
92Freedom from fear
93Milarepa setting an example for the other yogins The 'cold'
of loneliness
94The seven glorious jewels. Feeding on joy
95Melancholy. Sometimes the more you are with people the more you are alone
96Seeing the unity of wisdom and compassion on the highest level
97 Monkeys in chinese poetry Milarepa's transferrence of merit
98 Turning natural events into inspirational occurrences
99The final paragraph Milarepa is instructed by guardian deities to return to Tibet
100General impressions Creating positive environments - Spiritual communities
101/3 Being 'in touch' with the world
104/5 Keeping up with changes in language. The Basic puja
106 'It isn't reasonable to expect people to be reasonable'
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