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Contents of Pali Canon - Kalama Sutta

by Sangharakshita

THE KALAMA SUTTA SEMINAR

CONTENTS
PAGE SUBJECT COVERED
1 'Thus have I heard at one time'
2 Kosala and Magadha A travelling community
3 'word of mouth' 'bho' as a term of respect
sramaneras
4 Brahmins and sramaneras
5 Freedom of thought and action. 'terthikas' - teachers
corresponding to Greek 'Sophists'
6 Pabajja - going forth. Standard descriptions in the
Pali Canon.
7 The world with its beings. Mara and the fourfold Mara
8 The Buddhist world picture Abhi-jna.
9 The six abhijnas. The asravas
10 Seeing into the true nature of things
11 He then sets forth the dhamma 'Kalyana'
12 Spiritual friendship cannot be institutionalized
Kalyana mitras. Responding to the dhamma aesthetically.
13 The Dhamma as the beautiful.
14 Distinction between the spirit and the letter.
15 Complete and perfect Dhamma
16 Brahmacarya, Dhammacarya, Bodhicarya. Buddhist cosmology
17 'Completely purified non polarized higher self'
18 Emotional polarization. Physical and mental celibacy.
19 The Buddha as illuminator
20 The 'need' to be dominant. Reliability/Reliance
21 "Polynesian time/Indian Time"
22 'The hallmark of the unintegrated person in relationships
23 Seeing/looking at a holy man - darshan
24 Exchanging joyful greetings. Etiquette when meeting a holy person.
25/6 The Buddha did not insist on any particular mode of showing respect.
Circumambulating
27 The Kalamas' question. Addressing the Buddha as 'Bhante'
28 Repetition in the Pali Canon Pali Canon
29 The state of mend of the modern Hindu concerning 'conflicting' teachings
30 Vicikiccha - uncertainty
31 Cynicism as a response to religion
32 The appeal of Rajneesh. Searching for a group
33 The same terminology doesn't mean the same ideals.
The positive group.
34 Why people avoid groups
35 Distinguishing between group, positive group, and spiritual community.
36 Upsetting traditional norms
37 The next section - criterion for rejection
Positive uncertainty.
38 Not by repeated hearing
39 Passive acceptance of our opinions. Using the 'right' language
40 Hearing, assimilating, understanding and clarifying
41/3 'Objectivity' in the media.
44 Brainwashing/escapism/selfishness as criticisms of the FWBO.
45 'Conditioned is not necessarily a dirty word'.
Degrees of subjectivity and objectivity.
46 Being' entirely subjective.
47 The Buddha's transcendence of subject and object.
48 Underdeveloped but overestimated thinking
48/9 'Do not go upon tradition'
50 Cultural heritage - lineage
51 What actually goes back to the Buddha? - original texts.
52 Certificates of lineage. Purity of teaching.
53 Testing enlightenment. Having the 'same' experience.
54 Does belonging to a lineage really matter?
55 Being impressed by lineages/successions.
Your own experience and your communication with your teacher.
56 'Nor upon rumour'
57 Rumours about great spiritual teachers.
The rumour of the resurrection.
58 Christian relics
59 'Please deceive me!'
60 The chosen people
61 Don't automatically reject things - sift them.
'Do not go upon what is in a scripture'
62 'Blind faith' Infallible scriptures
63 The Vedas
64 'I hear and obey' A Buddhist Bible
65 'Divinely inspired' Buddhist scriptures carrying out God's word.
66/7 Messages from God
67/8 Abdication of responsibility
68 What are the Buddhist scriptures?
69 The 'right' use of the Buddhist scriptures
70 Inference
71/2 Empiricism, logic and inference
73 Sophistry. Radio chat shows
74 'Complete certainty through rational means is impossible to attain'.
75 Studying logic
76/7 De Bono's lateral thinking
78 What is thinking? Exploring a gestalt
79 The anti Semitic myth and the feminist myth.
Finding a 'true' myth.
80 Defining the Gestalt
81 Introducing people to myths
82 The Saddhammapundarika sutta myths
83 Selecting one's myth. The Nazi myth
84/5 The growth of the myth in Buddhism
85/6 The historical, the mythical/archetypal and the absolute
87 Symbols becoming really symbols
88 Transplanting Eastern symbols in the west.
89/90 Christmas in New Zealand ( a recap of the preceding discussion)
91 'Nor upon specious reasoning/repeated consideration'
92 'Nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over.'
93 'Truth is not a trip'
94 Clarifying the use of the word 'truth
95 How to present ideals to people
96 'Nor upon another's seeming ability'
97 Being impressed by appearances. Yogi Shri George.
98 'Personalities' leading FWBO classes, Communication as a quality of the individual
99 'Nor upon the consideration - the monk is our teacher.
100 Being removed from a supportive environment
101 Authorities and 'experts'
102 You have to decide
103/4 Who are ' the wise '?
105 Common sense when dealing with exalted spiritual claims.
106 Balancing subjective experience and objective things
107 The wise would encourage one's verification of what they say.
"Greed, hatred and delusion" - text
108/9 Looking to the Kalamas' own experience.
What makes adultery so unskilful?
110 Is it possible to commit adultery?
111/2 Marriage from a Buddhist point of view.
Entering into exclusive sexual relationships
113 The wise are 'sensible people'
114 The four exalted dwellings - text (The Brahma Viharas)
115 The transition from ethical life to meditative life
116 The four solaces - text
117 Conclusion of the sutta
118 Unskilful actions and future states
120 The incest taboo - allowing variability and adaptability
121/2 Does the Buddha believe in rebirth?
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