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Contents of Pali Canon - Snake Rhino and Bharadvaja Suttas

by Sangharakshita

"The Chapter of the Snake" from the Sutta Nipata
Seminar held at "Pundarika" over five evenings in 1975Seminar originally hand transcribed by Upasaka Mangala (early section) and Andy Weir.
Typed by Dharmacharini Varasri and checked and contented by Dharmachari Silabhadra.
First produced July 1991.
[Please note that some corrections have been written into this seminar by hand. The
alternative would have been retyping substantial parts of the text just to accommodate minor
changes. Rather than wait even longer for this important seminar to be produced I have
decided to publish it "as is". I hope that this does not interfere with your enjoyment of the
seminar - Silabhadra]
CONTENTS
Page Topic
1/2 Introduction - THE SUTTA OF THE SNAKE.
2 Changing our skin.
4 The snake as Arahant/New Man.
5 'negative' terms in the Theravada.
6 Anatta - misuse of the language.
7 Translations of 'bhikkhu' - not 'monk'.
8 Pious art/Spanish religious art.
9 Plucking the passion raga.
10 No reference to Stream Entrants Bhikkhu = Buddha.
11 Rebirth of the Buddha with his entourage.
12 Suppression - conscious holding down. "check"
13 Expression of anger.
14 The 'angry suit' of Herbert Spencer.
15/17 Dealing with/accepting anger.
17/18 Do Arahants feel wrath?
19 Concentrating energy.
20/24 Defining passion and passive.
25 Hacking rather than plucking.
25/26 Monks burning themselves.
26 No self-punishment in the Pali Canon.
27/28 Roots of Sunyata in the Pali Canon. Pith.
29/31 Maha Sunyata.
31/32 Vittaka - discursive thought.
33 The tangle and the endless knot.
34 "All is unreal".
35 Yearning/anxiety.
36 Nivaranas/Hindrances.
37 Following rules.
38 The Sutta Nipata - Buddhism in its very early form.
40 The oral tradition.
41/42 Does one need culture?
43/44 Alms rounds - Socrates.
45 THE DHANIYA SUTTA BEGINS
46/47 The Text.
48/49 Who is Dhaniya.
50 The fertile mind. Waste or barren mind.
51/52 Contrasting Dhaniya and the Buddha.
52 The Security in insecurity.
53/54 The Dharma as a raft.
55 Trull, Trollop/Gopi - Dhaniya's wife.
56/57 Blake's emanation, muse - your own 'wife' within Dakinis. Recap so far.
58/59 More contrasting of the Buddha and Dhaniya.
59/63 Tying down 1) ideas and 2) people.
60 Not wanting to be tied down.
61 Keeping options open.
62/63 Three things in which we place security. Doubt and insecurity.

'The Great Doubt'.
63A
Keeping cows etc. in fields.
64 Bursting through - The one who sees.
65 Who is poor, who is rich.
65/68 Brahmacarya - its two meanings.
68 Homosexuals on single sex retreats.
68/70 Definition of neurotic sexuality/neurotic activity.
70/71 Mara appears.
72 It's your own mental state that counts.
73/74 Projection - Incomprehension of a different way of being.
75 Getting away from the family, especially in India. Sadhus and
Sanyassins.
76 Is Buddhism accessible to many householders?
(77/83)
Should people be shielded from the Buddha's words?
77/79 Keeping things within their context.
(80/85)
Misunderstandings inevitable without the spiritual community.
82 Communication requires meaning.
86 Accepting that you've done your best.
87 Looking back Bhante needed to be more outspoken. Franciscans burned
for following Christ's teaching.

Being uncompromising.
89/92 THE SUTTA OF THE RHINOCEROS - The Text.
93/94 General impression of the Sutta.
93/94 Going forth alone.
95/96 "Long not for a son". Choose friends wisely.
97 The one horn of the Rhinoceros/Unicorn.
98 Our best friends can be (spiritually) our worst enemies.
99 Bamboos. Leaving home and household affairs.
100/101 Spiritual friends - If you can't find one stay alone.
102 Praising heartily - story of the King and the bangles.
103 Unnecessary talk - enjoyment - churning up of the mind.
104 Moving from disturbance to quiet. Violent physical action incompatible with
meditation.
105/6 Other incompatibles such as alcohol, music and newspapers.
106 Three more verses.
107 The beauty of elephants. Even the Buddha needed solitude.
108 The need for spiritual companionship with others and with oneself.
109 Relating to and being attracted to the FWBO as a group.
110 The Sun's kinsman - The Buddha.
111 Leaving wrong views and attaining the path.
112 Summary of the Sutta so far.
112/113 Knowledge based on direct experience.
114 Degrees of happiness. Spiritual happiness - not looking for distraction.
115 Five more verses.
116 More verses. Downcast eyes.
117 Symbolism of the yellow robe.
117/118 Not depending on things/people.
119 Three more verses.
120 The Lion's Roar, the lotus and the mud.
121 The final verses.
122/123 The Bodhisattva Ideal as a rationalisation for attachment.
124 Arahants and Bodhisattvas.
126/129 Can groups be positive. Mobs - sense of solidarity.
129/131 THE BHARADVAJA SUTTA - The Text.
132 Comparing this and the Dhaniya Sutta.
133 Brahmins.
134 The text in English and Pali.
135/137 What is faith - The Two Faiths.
138/139 Thoughts on abortion/embryos/human beings/Buddhas.

Faith - "Your own intuition of your own possibilities".
140/141 'tapas' - burning on fire with enthusiasm.
142/143 The yoke/The plough.
143/145 Hiri and Otapa - The two lokapalas.
146 Sati (mindfulness) of body and speech.

Destroying with truth.
148 Virya. You never turn back.
149 The fruit/crop of Nirvana.
150 Recap. of the sutta so far. The Buddha is offered rice milk.
151/152 Rice milk poured into water and it seethes and hisses.

Food won from chanting hymns.
153 Rejecting religious service as a source of income.
154 No justification demanded in return for giving money to bhikkhus.
155 The milk is poured away. A change in the nature of food if it is offered.
156/158 Vibrations in prepared food. The importance of the preparer of food.
159 The meritorious effect of begging. Traditions of begging.
160 "Payment".
161 Bharadvaja goes for Refuge.
162/163 Stock endings to suttas - "just as a man might set up a thing overturned...." etc.
164/165 'horripilation' The shock of the Dharma.
166/167 The concluding verse.
168 More comparisons with Dhaniya.
169 A jolt from outside.
170/171 A healthy need for appreciation.
171/172 THE CUNDA SUTTA - The Text.
173 The Buddha is asked many questions in Pali Texts.
173/174 Samana/Shramana/Brahmana - Definitions.
174/175 Sramana Brahmana - dual ideal - Grehastas.
176 The source of the Vedas.
177 Development of the bhikkhus from the sramanas.
Development of the upasakas from the brahmanas.
178 Upasaka/bhikkhu. Technical difference - not always in practice.

"Lifestyle relatively insignificant".

New term needed for one who goes for Refuge.
179 Different lifestyles - all have gone for Refuge.
Epithets of the Buddha - Charioteer.
180 The Kalyana Mitra - side by side with you.
180/181 The esoteric refuges - The Guru as Buddha.
182 Absolute surrender to a teacher?
183 The Yidam as Dharma.
The Dakini as Sangha.
183/185 What is the Dakini?
185/189 The Buddha explains the four kinds of sramana - Arahant, Way Teacher, Way
Farer and Fraud of Way.
189 The verse structure.
190 Concluding verse.
191 The need for different kinds of upasaka/Order Member.
192 Different types of wanderers in India.
193 Free life/Spiritual life?
194 Being discriminating with so many teachers ...

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