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Contents of Milarepa - Rechungpa-s Departure

by Sangharakshita

SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR

FROM "THE HUNDRED THOUSAND SONGS OF MILAREPA"
(translated by Garma C.C. Chang. Published by Shambala, Boulder Ca., 1977)
Chapter 35: Rechungpa's Departure
CONTENTS
1-2 Rechungpa gives alms to Milarepa who is disguised as a beggar
3 Arousing skilful positive emotion
4-5 Milarepa acknowledging Rechungpa's skilful mental state
5 Rechungpa returns with his offering and Milarepa sings.
What a Buddhist mandala is
7 Yab-yum mandalas - symbolizing bliss
7-9 Wanting to be given special attention
8-10 Attaching importance to position and place and recognition
10-11 The role of Prime Minister in the UK
Knowing one's position in society
12 No man's land
12-13 We cannot get away from governments any more
13-14 Changing the existing society into the New Society
14-15 Cutting off ties of kinsfolk
16-18 Feeling inferior due to 'lack of a good education'
University education
20-22 Unreasonable dependence on others for support - actors
23-25 Gab and babble - useless speech - reasons for it
25 Plans and schemes
26-29 Putting all one's energies into a project for a period of time
29 Not doing what one has committed oneself to
29-30 Keep one's promises
31-32 Being truly happy
32-33 Taking care of one's personal appearance
34-35 Tibetans and meat eating and Tibetan diet
35-37 Making an offering of everything you had to the guru
Tantric initiation/empowerment
37 Total commitment in the Vajrayana
Collecting initiations
38 Are visualization practices tantric initiations?
39 What is a Buddhist mental attitude?
Mahayana/Vajrayana Buddhists generally not really exhibiting a Bodhisattva
attitude unless circumstances force it - i.e. Tibetan lamas coming to the West
after the Chinese invasion.
Easier to teach to rich Westerners than poor untouchables
41 Renunciation
42 Devaluation of initiations and the Bodhisattva Vow by making them freely and
easily available to Westerners
43 Everybody contributes to a (positive) situation, in however small a way
44-48 Amounts of punya (merit) depending on the degree of attainment of the person
to whom one is giving
45 Metta and karuna in the Hinayana and the Mahayana
45-47 Experiencing beggars as Buddhas
47 Beware of false feelings as well as theoretical thoughts
48-51 Seeing all beings as one's own mother and father
51 A true sage and a true scholar
52 The dangers of trying to present Buddhism as more scientific than Christianity
53 Sages and scholars working together, for instance on translations
55-56 Thinking "What is the Dharma?", not in terms of particular Buddhist 'schools'
55 Learning from more than one teacher/'tradition' of Buddhism (and
non-Buddhism)
57 Not condemning certain Buddhist practices but condemning the misuse of
them or wrong attitude towards them
58 Pseudo-gurus
59 Narrow, over literalistic attitudes among some types of Buddhists
59-63 Public images of "Buddhism", the Hare Krishna movement, the Nichirens
60 "Five minutes meditation at a time and no more!" - Christmas Humphreys
61-64 More about the Nichirens
65-67 Ex untouchable Buddhists in India and the Hindu caste system
67-68 Rechungpa confesses his transgressions
68-70 Continuity of meditation practice when travelling
70 Casting out evil spirits
71 The Five Spiritual Faculties
71-72 The balance of work and meditation
72-76 Common property within the spiritual community?
77-87 Next song - knowing the right time and right conditions
78 Lamas practising the Tantra with dakinis (young females)
79 Understanding the mind-state of disciples
80 A wrong/inappropriate time to practise meditation
81 Knowing the right time to speak
82 Perseverance and determination
83 Living out companionship and brotherhood
84-87 A Guru's 'Rules' Rules
Rules can detract from individuality
87 The precepts as principles, not rules
87 Next Session Becoming left behind and then out of contact
Keeping in touch with those who seem to be slipping back
88 Recap of the story so far
Rechungpa's dreams and Milarepa's interpretations of them
89-92 Interpretation of dreams?
92-93 Recurrent dreams
94 Rechungpa's second dream
95 The two accumulations - knowledge and merits - jnanasamvara and
punyasamvara
96-97 The next two dreams
98 The crest jewel Seeing the guru above one's head
The Kagyupa tradition
99-100 The Tumo or 'psychic heat' practice
100 Dhardo Rimpoche explaining the Tumo to Bhante
101 Pandaravasini, the consort of Amitabha
The "Pointing Out Performance" - pointing out one's True Nature
102 Holding the vajra in the right hand and the skull of blood or wine in the left
hand
103 Milarepa's interpretation of the dream continues rapidly
104 Developing Insight in a dream?
104-109 Not to be in a hurry to offer explanations about experiences
109 Reading the next song
110 Dependent origination - the twenty four links covering samsara and nirvana
111 Moving from the reactive to the creative
112 Having a basic understanding of the Dharma and then coming into contact
with the Guru
113-116 Desires and clingings getting in the way of being joyful
116-117 The Saha World - the world of endurance
118 The root (cause) of Samsara is passivity!
119-121 Faith is the first movement of creativity
Hearing and not listening - passivity and activity
121-122 Passively drifting into domestic life
123 Passivity in Christianity - sheep and goats
124 Act, don't react.
125 Pleasure is passive, happiness and joy are active
Adulterating the Dharma
126 The main point of this final song to be studied on the seminar - an attitude of
receptivity which is not passivity ??
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