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Contents of Pali Canon - Mahaparinibbana Sutta

by Sangharakshita

STUDY SEMINAR BASED ON THE MAHAPARINIBBANA SUTTANTA

from the 'DIGHA NIKAYA' of the PALI CANON

Held at Padmaloka, 27 August - 6 September, 1982

Contents


1
Sutta, Sutra and Suttanta
2
The different Mahaparinibbana Suttas and Mahaparinirvana Sutras
3
The historical context
Rules and Duties
4
Elders and leaders in the Sangha are not necessarily the same
6
Attending Sangha events just as an 'observance'
7
Withdrawing into seclusion
8
The length of a solitary retreat.
9
A Stream Entrant is more than a healthy human
Engaging in 'worldly activity'
11
Forgetting how positive it really is in the spiritual community
12
Sangha as communication
13
Horizontal and vertical communication
What to do if the spiritual communities starts to degenerate into a group.
15
How to tell if your contacts are 'evil companions'
16
Bahusutta - knowledge of the Dharma
17
Do you need a certain level of 'culture' before being able to practise the Dharma
20
Knowing about world news
20
Hiri and Ottapa - Shame and Fear of Blame
21
Reflecting on possible consequences of unskilful action
23
Satisfying one's group needs within the spiritual community
24
Room for more experimentation in the FWBO
25
Contacting deeper feelings/desires on solitary retreat
26
The speech precepts
27
'Idle talking'
28
The three levels of Wisdom - Suttamaya Panna, Cintamaya Panna,
Bhavanamaya Panna
29
Faith followers and Doctrine followers and different approaches to Insight
30
Reflecting on the Dharma 'in meditation' after experience of the Dhyanas
32
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Samadhi in the Bodhiangas
33
Mundane and Transcendental Brahma Viharas
All intense, pure skilful, positive emotions being dhyanic
34
Subha and Asubha
36
Is the city as beautiful as the country?
36
The Imaginal
38
How does one develop imagination?
41
Is will power necessary?
42
Developing the faculty of looking
43
One cannot write off anybody absolutely whatever they have done
44
Spiritual commitment overrides other differences
What is friendship?
46
Could you develop a friendship with a criminal?
50
The Asravas - biases
51
Right and wrong views
Common ownership and friendship
54
Enlarging one's capacity for friendship
55
Lists of moralities
56
Samanas
The Five Hindrances
57
Making the mind more 'pliable' via the dhyanas
The formula of the ten fetters
58
Being aware of the truth of suffering under all circumstances - pleasurable and
painful
60
The danger of glimpses of insight without mettā
Positive emotion and intellectual understanding are both needed for Insight to
arise
61
The difference between (negative) craving and (positive) desire
62
Chanda (desire) and Trsna (thirst or craving)
63
Seeing love and affection as an objective need
64
Experimenting to make the experience of puja stronger
Preparing offerings for puja
66
'Brotherhood' or 'Sisterhood' in the Ti Ratana Vandana?
67
'Man' and 'Mankind' including women
69
Path and Fruit
70
Keeping classes and courses alive and interesting, like a new experience
72
With rebirth what is reborn?
73
Being born as twins
75
The terms 'mindfulness' and 'awareness'
Sampajana - awareness of purpose
77
Does the Sangha need leaders?
79
'Surrender' to a guru?
Surrender to a spiritual principle or spiritual personality, not a human being
80
Needing people and wanting to be needed
81
Allowing people the choice to give or not give
83
Is taking sugar in drinks neurotic?
85
Trying not to do more things at the same time
87
Rushing around and 'keeping busy' at great cost to personal contact with others
The Aryasangha and the Mahasangha
88
Look things up in dictionaries and in indexes of books
91
If there is insubstantiality in the conditioned one is not to assume that there is
substantiality in the unconditioned.
92
What is individuality?
The changes to a human being after enlightenment
93
No absolute first beginning (or creation) to existence in Buddhism
What happens to a Buddha after 'death'?
94
Sila, Samadhi, Prajna and Vimutti
95
Finding the seeds of the Mahayana in the Hinayana
96
Is the FWBO more of a Mahayana Buddhist movement?
97
Using Christian symbols in Buddhism?
99
Convert the demons before you let them in!
The need to think more
102
Don't worry about making mistakes - do the best you can.
103
Thinking about the meanings of the words that we use
105
Did the Buddha know he was eating poisonous food?
Saugatas - followers of the Happy One
106
Remembering friends who have died on Parinirvana Day Festivals
107
The necessity for mourning psychologically
108
Devas becoming Stream Entrants
110
The Buddha's and Ananda's kindness
Ananda as the 'patron saint' of the bhikkhunis
111
'Scolding the daughter to teach the daughter-in- law'
112
The 'committed' and the 'devoted'
113
You can't be a Buddhist at second hand
115
What do Christians experience in the bardo between lives?
Being with dying people
Nichirens chanting "Namye Ho Rengye Kyo"
118
Having a golden pinnacle on top of the London Buddhist Centre
Pilgrimages to India
120
Treating Dharma books with reverence?
Observing local customs when abroad
123
The Buddha's appreciation of Ananda
124
Ananda and Kassapa, not Sariputta and Moggalana as chief disciples in the
Sarvastivadin tradition
125
Why bhikkhunis should not eat garlic!
126
The Eight Precepts
127
The Ten Precepts
Extra precepts and vows
129
How to address bhikkhus and bhikkhunis
130
How the 'Vinaya' became more rigid soon after the Buddha's parinibbana
The pratimoksa
131
Recommended books
134
Encouragement to know all the texts that Bhante has led study on.
135
Bhante's favourite Buddhist texts and other works
136
Intuition and Insight
137
General impressions of the text
138
The Five Eyes
...

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