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Contents of Pali Canon - Bhaddali Sutta

by Sangharakshita

The Bhaddali Sutta seminar

Please note when reading this seminar that the bulk of it was transcribed and typed during one
of "The Transcriptions Unit's" TYPING MARATHONS - a weekend during which
approximately 15 different typists from around the FWBO came together to work on a
seminar. Although this Marathon was a good way of getting people together to work on a
project quickly it had its drawbacks. A number of different typewriters were used, hence
differing typefaces. More important for the reader though is the fact that a large number of
transcribing mistakes were made during this time. This seminar has now been totally checked
and large parts of it completely retranscribed and typed but there are also a large number of
small hand-written corrections. For further information about the transcribing process please
read the Preface to any of these seminars.
I have decided that it is better to release this seminar now in its relatively "unpolished" state
than to have it languishing on the shelves of the Transcriptions Office for another two or three
years. I hope you enjoy studying it.
The Transcriptions Unit - September 1989CONTENTS
1/2 First reading of the text - partaking of food in one sitting
3 Background to Bhaddali being told by the Buddha to eat at one sitting
4 Theravadin literalism/formalism - conforming to the letter
Clarifying what the rule actually is
5 Does this lead to good health, buoyancy and strength
6 Respecting the guest.
7 Food in the Vinaya
8Having scruples
9 Distractedness when eating
10 How much of the text was actually said by the Buddha?
11 General point on the commentaries
12 The Buddha commanding the monks Rigid translations
13 Individual recommendations, not general rules
The intention behind the "rules"
14/15 Get back to the principle
16/18 "Not capable" - scruples
19/21 Resistance to things - often minor things
21 Sikkhapada
22/4 Avoiding coming face to face with the Buddha
25 Friendly advice
26 Pay careful attention to this opportunity
27 Bhaddali acknowledges his transgression
28 "Inability"
30/2 "Dryness" in the Pali Canon - oral transmissions
33 "The authoritative source"
34/6 Sastras and Sutras/Suttas
Texts and commentaries
37/8 Recognizing a transgression
39 Confession and forgiveness
40/2 The implications of Bhaddali's actions
43 'Realizing'
45/8 Unity and respect
47/8 The implications of Bhaddali's actions
49 Integration with the Sangha
50 ‘Holidays' from the Order
51/2 "Negative Individualism"
53 The next section of the text
54 Faith followers and doctrine followers - Arya Pudgalas
55/6 The Buddha contrasting Bhaddali with an Arhant
57 Bhaddali being made (by the Buddha) to see where he stands
58 Making a causeway of one's body
59 Confessing unskilful actions
60/1 Levels of confession
62/6 Finding fault with oneself/undermining ones own efforts
67 Freedom from reproach
68 The Vajrasattva visualization practice
68/70 The next section Complete commitment
71/2 Avoiding the question/criticism
73 To 'please'
74 The implications of one's commitment
75 Quickly settling differences. Dealing with reactive people.
76 Wanting to settle things quickly is not necessarily skilful
77 Actions based on metta, not a sense of 'justice'
77/8 Pema and metta Being careful not to weaken the faith of others
78/9 'Justice' in the Pali Canon
80/1 New Session. Recapitulation of the previous study sessions.
82 'Rules' - translation from Pali and Sanskrit (some Pali grammar)
83 More rules, fewer Arhants Cankers in the Order
84 Vasubandhu - deterioration of the Sangha/teaching/beings in the Buddha's time?
85 Delaying laying down rules for as long as possible
86/7 What is 'Sikkhapada'?
88 Specific sikkhapadams - i.e. celibacy, monkeys
89 Observing the sikkhapadams without understanding the principles behind them
90 In the group - rules and laws.
In the Spiritual Community - principles.
91 Sikkhapadams for clarification
92 Sikkhapadams for specific people made into general rules
93 Being told the Sikkhapadams after ordination
94 The 10 Precepts -- Kusaladhammas rather than rules
95/6 Being told the Sikkhapadams after ordination
97 "Laying down" a rule
98 The Buddha's modification of the Sikkhapadams
99 The "Group of Six"
100 Confucius
101 Examples of legalism in Christianity ...
The Inquisition/Battling Bishops
102 Group members, aspiring individuals and Individuals
103 Conditions for cankers arising in the Order
104/5 Keeping certain people out of the Sangha
106/8 The problem of any ten Bhikkhus and one Thera conferring ordination
109 Possible problems of a large Sangha
110 The Bhikkhus becoming a clerisy
111/2 The preservation of a spiritual community in Tibet
113/4 Tibetan monastic life/Theravada monastic life
114 Established organizations/groups/spiritual communities
115/6 Refusal of ordinations?
117 The ordinations by monks of ten years standing
118/9 The parable of the Thoroughbred Colt
120/22 Training - the state enforcing the Vinaya
123 The Transcendental Eightfold Path plus two.

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