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Contents of Milarepa - The Meeting at Silver Spring - Unchecked

by Sangharakshita

DISCLAIMER - This transcript has not been checked, and may contain mistakes and mishearings.


1 Milarepa's dream
2 What is a dakini?
3 The colour green and its associations.
Heart disciples
4 What is karma exhausted?
The young man sees the sleeping yogi
5 Guru Yoga
5/7 The character of the young man
8 Milarepa and Marpa. Tantric initiations
9/10 'Beyond all playwords'
Prana. Aligning bodily energies with spiritual
11/12 Purification, multiplication, 'voidisatlon' - Om Ah Hum. Doing the 'mindfulness'
prior to a visualisation practice
13 Dwelling in the sky
14/15 The young man offers his horse. An emotional upsurge.
16The young man sees Milarepa's intrinsic Buddha nature and becomes questioning of
17/18 Hand crafted goods with individual character
19 Value of the horse in Tibet
20 Milarepa's reply
21 The horse as an embodiment of energy
22 Spiritual energy expressed through the physical body
Why 'religious' people are weak. BIake~energy is positive
24 Putting negativity into chanting. The young man offers his shoes
Offerings to one's Guru
26 The armour of sunyata
27 The young man offers his jacket
28 Comparing material (external) possessions with spiritual (internal) possessions The
young man offers his coat. Milarepa is clothed with the Vital Heat
30Heat in meditation.
The bliss and void experiences conjoined
31The young man offers his turban
32Milarepa has Marpa as his turban.
The Adi Buddha
33The young man offers his neck-jewel
34'Contentment~is the greatest wealth'. Weakening communication by speaking to
more than one person at once.
35/36 Tibetans/Indians wearing their fortunes
35The young man offers his weapons and asks :for ordination
37Grace waves
38Changing from dana to sila
39The five poisons. The 'all important combat' . Pride and keeping one's word
40Over~--exaggerated importance put on some thi~ngs
41The lack of idealism is the West. Changes in acceptable standards
42/43 The two-is-one path
44The Brahma Viharas. Moving the young man from the wdrldly to the spiritual plane
45-7 The 'warrior ideal'. Spiritual gardeners
48Intellectual knowledge as opposed to practice
49'Proof' of attainment
50Firm faith in Milarepa
51Changing one's guru in the West
52-54 Paying for teachings
55/56 The value of the teachings and their receptacle
57One doesn't give because of the offerings
58What is inspiration? The drive for money can dissipate inspiration
59Demands for things to have a practical use
60/63 Justifying one's support. Supporting people to do nothing
64Taking what one needs. Not using guilt.
65/66 Vows for life. The young man asks Milarepa to visit his country
67Milarepa's reply
69A centre in Bethnal Green!! Down-to earth people
70/71 The young man says he will commit suicide
72Being carried away by fedlings of elation - 'Hybris'
73Feeling miserable and happy at the same time
74The young man's ego is waning. Self surrender
75/76 Milarepa accepts the young man as a disciple
77Rebirth with the same people. Is it karmically better to be reborn male?
78Recognsing limitations. Class distinctions.
79Milarepa encourages the young man
80The devil in catholicism compared with Mara
81Kinsmen are hindrances
82Nationalism. Changes of name at ordination
83Dharma names and 'christian' names. Milarepa rejoices
84Simple healthy societies. Less sophistication
85/86 The (Kumbars) in Tibet. Division of income. Y3 dharma, Y3 household, Y3pleasure.
The early days in Hampstead
87The young man goes away and returns four months later
88Milarepa encourages the young man to see other aspects of Tibetan Buddhism -the
need for colour and ritual
89The young man returns and lives with Milarepa for five years
90Saint Auguatine compared with Milarepa
91'Sensualists' Aesthetics and beauty
92Milarepa's next song
93Practical advice
94Fixed views and empty talk
95Being immersed in meditation. Continuous processes as opposed to definite ends
96Benefitting oneself before others. Learning as opposed to actual practice. How
much have we personally experienced?
97'More and more of less and less'
98Reverencing what you look up to.
The first precept
99/100 Obstructing others. The second precept
101The second precept
102The Brudan land giving plan in India
103What you really need as a Buddhist. The effect of colourful surroundings on
emotional states.
104/5 Nature. 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever'
106/8 Milarepa's song. Argument compared with discussion
109The three kingdoms and the seven dangers
110Charging (money) for the Dharma. Ecclesiastical position
111Yogic madness.
'The Dakini's breath' - inspiration
113A friend visits the young man
114The field of offering. Speaking to large numbers of people
115Where a hermit should dwell. The concluding paragraph
116The importance of faith
117/8 Milarepa breaking down the young man's bargaining attitude.
Giving up is the moment of breakthrough. General impressions of this chapter
119Tibetan texts are abundant in human feelings
120Comparing Milarepa and Gampopa.
'If it doesn't inspire you it isn't the Dharma!!'

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