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Contents of Milarepa-s First Meeting with Rechungpa

by Sangharakshita

The Seminar based on "Milarepa's First Meeting With Rechungpa"
1 The first prose portion of the text - Milarepa asks for food at a building site
2-3 What is work? Not doing anything
3-4 Not falling back into the reactive
5 Housebuilding as an analogy for rebirth
6-7 Milarepa giving the builders an opportunity to be creative
8 Building houses and follies House symbolism in the modern, mobile, age
8-9 "Songs" in Tibetan culture
9 Building the new self
10-12 Faith as emotional conviction
13 Lack of faith as a psychological problem
14 Emotional energy - virya
15 The building blocks of meditation
16-17 Situations that repeat themselves again and again
18 Blake's importance of expressing errors
18-19 The unskilfulness of many institutions
19-20 Clarifying our thoughts by expressing them
21-22 Living out one's personal blueprint/pattern/mandala
23-24 Giving a truer expression to one's Gestalt
24-34 The Gestalt
29 The helpfulness of autobiographies/life stories
30 The switchover from the reactive to the creative
Others seeing more of you than you see yourself
31 Finding out what you actually feel and want to do
Education A Buddhist school
32 Flexibility of terms - Gestalt, pattern, reflection, seed.
34-35 The Movement as the unfolding of a particular gestalt or common myth
36 Philosophy begins with a sense of wonder
37 The workers ask Milarepa to go into more detail
37-39 The Alaya consciousness
The eight types of consciousness
39 The Trikaya om ah hum
40 The Alaya and the Gestalt
41 Sprouting of seeds - karma and vipaka
42 Depositing and not depositing seeds in the Alaya
43 The Absolute Alaya
44-45 The 'fine warehouse of Sunyata'
45 "Sunyata is what makes everything possible"
46 Service and action The Asravas
47Magic spells
48 Yab-Yum (Father-Mother) symbolism
49-50 "Blissful passing" like the father
51 Wives
52-53 The four stages of youth representing stages of development of the individual
54 Tibetan attitudes to the Dharma
54-55 The authorship of the life of Milarepa
55-56 The four levels of tantras
56-57 Karmic affinity
57-58 Uddiyana or Oujen Padmasambhava's Pure Lands
58-59 Being born as male or female for karmic reasons
60 The first meeting with Rechungpa
61-62 Earning the name of Rechungpa
62 The wholeheartedness of many Tibetans
63 Heat Yoga
64 The life of Geshe Rabten
Faith followers and doctrine followers
65 Rechungpa's relatives put a curse of leprosy on Rechungpa
66-68 Frustrated projections
Love turning to hate - a crime of passion
69 Premeditated unskilful action versus spontaneity
70 Reciting mantras for health
71 Rechungpa is told of a guru who can cure him
72 Becoming psychically sensitive through meditation
72-74 Psychic sensitivity to food
74 Not preparing food whilst menstruating in India
75 The head cook being an experienced monk in Zen monasteries
75-77 What is leprosy? What is bacteria? Disease
78-79 Milarepa's lineage
80 Rechungpa as Milarepa's 'son'
81-82 Addressing priest/bhikkhus as 'father'?
83 Comparing Tibetan and Indian families
83-84 'Giving up the world'
84-86 Working hard at the Dharma
86 The utilitarian and the mythical
87 Forms of communication
88-89 Chanting in an emotional state appropriate to chanting
90-91 A Buddhist word for 'praying' Invocation and evocation
92-93 The puja as a magical ceremony
94 Work as the Tantric Guru - harmonizing one's energies and awareness
95 Rechungpa's need to wander
96-97 What will I get out of it? A lack of Bodhisattva spirit
98 Keeping the non-defiled mind clean
99 You either go forward or you move back
100 The eight worldly claims/winds
101Rechungpa departs
102 The symbolism of travel
103 Rechungpa returns
104 Meditating without food or water for months or years?
105 The 'I am happy' song
106Family life and internal conflicts
108 Non-attachment or alienation?
109 Becoming attached to the right things
Attachment to the yellow robe/socio-ecclesiastical position
110 Deliberate seeking of distraction, whatever it is
The wealth of the Dharma
111 Owning and looking after property
112 Elaborating life to fill the available time
113 Public property being nobody's property
114 Vandalism
115 Respecting public property in Communist countries
116 Personal property
117 Bhante's reflections on the disruption of his move from India
118 Non-attachment has no meaning unless you are capable of attachment
119The speed and potential alienation of modern travel
121 A modern complaint - nervous exhaustion
The Thai Sangha under governmental control
122 The disrobing of a famous Thai monk by the State
123Not having to be dependant upon patrons
125 (Various lines of text dealt with rapidly)
126 The 'right' conditions for Dharma practice
127 The importance of non-action
128(Various lines of text dealt with rapidly)
130Rechungpa's reply and conclusion
132 A guru doesn't have to teach anyone
Experiences of the Hampstead Buddhist Vihara
133 Bhante meaning what he says in his writings

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