fba 3.0 is here! try it now for all devices: help us get the new site ready for primetime!


17 million words and counting!

Social network icons Connect with us on your favourite social network The FBA Podcast Stay Up-to-date via Email, and RSS feeds Stay up-to-date
download whole text as a pdf   Next   

Contents of Pali Canon - Sigalovada Sutta

by Sangharakshita

Sigolavada Sutta

Tape 1 DAY ONE
1-35 Introduction to the discourse.
1 Background information on Sutta sources.
2 Materialistic youth and its reaction to religion - a problem past and present.
3-4 Peoples' caution and scepticism.
4-11 The father's dying wish and its implications.
6 The importance of settling difficulties and quarrels with others.
9 When wearing one's kesa is appropriate.
10-11 Deathbed wishes - being honest and sensitive.
12 The Buddha's sleep
12-13 'Nibbanic bliss' - undiluted reality.
14 Making the best of your day.
14 The code of discipline.
14-15 Leading people step by step.
15-16 The accuracy of the commentary.
16 Punctuation and meaning.
16-19 The bamboo grove - India's vegetation then and now. Ecology and trees
Tape 219-21 The ritual bath
Bathing tanks
Worshipping the Six Quarters
21-22 The bhikkhu's three garments.
22 Alms and eating times.
23 The city of Rajagaha.
25 The Buddha meets Sigala.
Silence on the alms round.
26-30 Allowing others to communicate their actions and intentions.
The need for self-disclosure.
Communication and understanding.
31 Sanity and insanity.
The Buddha alone is sane.
32-33 Sigala's mode of addressing the Buddha.
33-35 Worshipping in the discipline of the Noble
Sigala and the worship of the six quarters.
36 The difficulty of communicating tone and sense by text.
36-37 Communicating the Sutta - a multidimensional event.
Tape 3 DAY TWO
37 Covering the Six Quarters.
37-39 The limited spiritual aspirations of the layperson.
The higher and the lower spiritual path.
38 The change from Upasaka to Dharmachari.
Enlightenment - the ultimate goal for all.
40-41 Ariya savaka - the noble disciple.
41 The four vices in conduct.
Speaking in verse and prose for emphasis
The four precepts
42-45 Panatipata veramani - the avenue of bodily action.
43 Self defence - how far does one take pacifism?
Metta is not a passive state.
45 Reversing the trend of nature.
45-51 Adinnadana - taking the not given.
46 Personal possessions - bhikkhus.
47 Investment.
Spiritual communities and common property.
48 Leaving one's property to the FWBO.
Making the best use of personal financial resources
51-54 Musavada - false speech.
Truth with positive intent.
52 Taking responsibility for criticism.
Distinguishing between fact and interpretation.
53 Criticism and metta
Tape 454-66 Kamesu micchachara - sexual misconduct
55 Adultery is socially disruptive.
Degrees of adultery.
57 The three classifications of lifestyle - the married, the promiscuous and the
The point of marriage is joint caring for children.
58 Promiscuity or neurosis?
The needs of women and their health.
The conflicting needs of men and women.
58-60 Advantages and disadvantages of the Indian marriage system.
60-62 Clarifying new and previous relationships.
Taking responsibility for one's actions.
62 Faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, consistency and dependency.
63 Relationships - a mutual emotional dependency.
The healthy or neurotic sides to the three classifications of lifestyle.
64-65 The pledge is so important.
The effect of modern social mobility on relationships.
65-66 Order Members - the best use of time and energy.
Taking full share of responsibility at the centres.
66-70 The four negative mental states - desire, anger, fear, ignorance.
68 Fear is a state of insecurity.
69-71 Yasa - glory and merit
70-72 The conflict between the group and the individual.
Stretching one's reserves.
72 Love and respect.
73 The four actions of defilement continued.
73-107 The six channels for dissipating wealth.
General Indian attitudes to wealth.
73-90 Indulging in intoxicants that cloud the mind.
Indian attitudes to wealth
Intoxicants that cloud the mind.
74 Indian conventions regarding alcohol and drugs.
75-79 Smoking in the FWBO.
(Bhante and Subhuti under pressure!)
77-78 Blocking off one's feelings.
78-79 Smoking attracts Pretas.
79-85 Alcohol and its effects: financial, physical, emotional and social
85 Reaching the local community.
85-86 Bethnal Green versus Hampstead - intellectual arrogance and
pseudo-liberalism are not necessarily fertile ground for the dharma.
87 Impressing the local community with vigour.
88 With comfort and education, a loss of interest in the dharma.
89 Are middle-class aesthetics off-putting to many people?
91-98 'Sauntering in the streets at unseemly hours'.
Unconstructive use of leisure.
Society and material idols.
93 Bingo versus brothels!
Tape 694-95 The danger of idleness/use of leisure time.
96 Taking responsibility for the quality of one's life.
97-98 Rights and duties.
99-104 'Frequenting theatrical shows'.
The overall psychological effect of exposure to certain influences.
101 Participating in art.
102 Functional art in public places.
103-104 Maintaining mindfulness.
Functioning without feeling.
104-106 'Indulgence in gambling which causes heedlessness'.
106-107 'Associating with evil companions'.
107 A habit of idleness.
107-123 The six evil consequences of:
107-110 Indulging in intoxicants...
110-111 Sauntering in the streets...
112-114 Frequenting theatrical shows.
Indiscriminate exposure to certain influences.
114 Communication after classes - pub or community.
116 Making use of all our faculties.
117 Responsibility rather than denial.
118-121 Indulging in gambling.
120 Tibetan New Year and gambling.
120-121 Evil companions.
122-123 Being addicted to idleness.
123-219 The question of friendship.
126-127 Comparing the translations of Narada and Rhys Davids.
Tape 8127-132 Accumulating wealth or avarice?
Money and people.
132-133Keeping company with women who are dear unto others.
Traditional view of women and sex.
133 Considering the consequences of one's actions.
134 Associating with the mean and not with elders.
The skilful household life.
135-136 The text in general.
The whole condition of society - structure and order for the Dharma.
136-138 Friendship.
136 Exploiting friendship.
Positive effects of giving and sharing.
138-141 He who renders lip service.
141-142 The four viparyasas - upside down views.
Looking in the wrong place.
142 Falling in love with worthy objects.
143 Patterns of intensity within the total pattern of meditation, study and
144-146 The necessity of making choices.
Tape 9146-148 Intensity of relationship and exclusiveness.
149 A foe in the guise of a friend.
Doing his duty out of fear.
Friendly professions of past and future.
150-151 Flattery.
151-154 Ethics and manners.
Manners in the FWBO: manners and guests in the communities.
155-156 The foe in the guise of a friend.
TV - unskilful influences.
156-188 The four warm-hearted friends.
157-159 A friend is understood as someone who helps you.
159 Guarding the heedless.
Mindfulness and spiritual friendship.
160-166 Refuge.
The friend as a refuge.
161 The three refuges as indestructible.
162 Perhaps even a Buddha isn't perfect...
True friendship implies a degree of insight.
Tape 10165-166 Stream entry through friendship/dependability.
Friendship as a spiritual ideal.
166-168 Friendship and commitments.
167 The Sufis and commitments.
168 Revealing secrets to one's friend.
170 Self disclosure is a human need.
171 Externalizing to integrate.
173-179 Sharing experiences and secrets is implicit in friendship.
The burden of a secret - positive and negative aspects.
180-182 Fair-weather friendship.
Using power in relationships.
Kalyana Mitrata before and after Ordination.
Tape 11183-184 Restrained from doing evil.
Informed of the unknown.
184-188 Pointing out the path to heaven.
The function of communication.
Communication is two sided.
186-187 Communication of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
The heavens.
188 Friendship should enable mutual growth.
Tape 12189-191 Rejoicing in a friend's misfortune.
190-192 Healthy rivalry, unhealthy competition.
192 Rejoicing in a friend's prosperity.
193 Blake's Female Will.
194 The divided male intellect.
196-197 ...

download whole text as a pdf   Next