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Contents of Noble Eightfold Path - Questions and Answers Tuscany 1983

by Sangharakshita


Held on the Tuscany 1983 Ordination Course
Perfect Vision, Perfect Emotion
1Gaining Stream Entry, abrupt or gradual
3Four levels of sunyata and Insight
3-6First level of sunyata
7Buddha's eulogy of Karuna for Bodhisattva
7-8 More and more of less and less
8-10 Visualization compared with Mindfulness and Metta
10-11 Brahma viharas and dhyanas - not a linear equation
12-17 Abstention from alcohol
17-18 Vegetarianism and Veganism
19Victorian values: being old fashioned
20Pleasure and the spiritual life
21Weakness of Theravada emphasis on unlovely
Perfect Livelihood
22Spreading the Dharma behind the Iron Curtain
23Soviet governments' dislike of Buddhism as pacifist
23Catholic countries, Buddhism and censorship
24The Dharma in communist and Muslim countries
24-5 Politics and the FWBO
25-6 Transforming society now and in Buddha's day
26Vision of New Society as characteristic of True Individual
27-8 Political system most conducive to Ideal Society
28-9 Asoka
29-31 Essential points of a Right Livelihood situation
31-3 Job satisfaction
32-5 Running a business and the power mode
35No power mode in WBO
36Co-operativeness and co-ops
36-7 Order members employing other Order members
37-8 Right livelihood business not supporting unethical business
38-9 Co-op structure
39-40 Ethical and legal obligations of right livelihood businesses
40-1 Co-ops as the economic base for the FWBO
41Business efficiency and spiritual growth
41-2 Use of energy
42-3 Demands and choices for Order members
43-4 Commitment
44-6 New Order members and choice
Perfect Effort
47-50 Alienating oneself from unskilful mental states
50-3 Suppression and repression
53-5 Evolution and cosmic and individual Going for Refuge
56-9 Indian cosmology, material evolution and spiritual involution
59-60 Arupa dhyanas - mundane or transcendental
60-2 Arupa dhyanas and object of concentration
62Refining subject-object dichotomy
63-5 Dhyanas and maintaining effort
66-71 Offerings in the Puja
Perfect Awareness
72-3 Four levels of awareness and four foundations of mindfulness
73-4 Mindfulness in the Transcendental Path
74-6 Mindfulness and sleeping
76Near enemy of Mindfulness - self consciousness
77Taking classes
78Nervousness giving talks
79-83 Self-confidence - true and false
83-85 Four dimensions of mindfulness
85-86 Unmindfulness in FWBO
87-8 Reporting-in
88-90 Mindfulness as one of the Buddhist virtues
90-3 Old fashioned virtues - advertising in FWBO
94-5 Popular qualities
95-7 Reporting-in to Shabda
Perfect Samadhi
98-9 Three stages of samatha
99-101Kasina practice compared to mindfulness
101Kasina practice in FWBO
102Paucity of thangka painters in FWBO
103-5 Bija mantras in Roman letters
105-7 Samapattis
107-10Development of meditation in FWBO
110Visualizing Western archetypes
111Specialization in FWBO
112-13Samapattis - general term
113Ekalaksana samadhi
113-16Falling asleep in meditation
General Questions
121-28Changes in the Puja
122Offering yourself in the Puja
122-3 Music
124-5 Bhante reminiscing
125Symbols for the Three Jewels
126Symbols for the Three Kayas
126-7 Robes
128The Thousand Armed Avalokitesvara
128Difficulties with the Puja
131Timing of Puja
131-2 Darshan
133-4 Dharmaraja or Brahma - which is better
135-6 Full implications of FWBO
137-40Politics and the FWBO
140Capital punishment
141-3 Abolition of nuclear weapons and non-violence
143Micchaditthi of equality

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