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Contents of Precepts of the Gurus - 3rd Seminar

by Sangharakshita


Sections VI-IX (1979)
Section VI
1-2 The Unreality of Visible Phenomena
3 The two types of phenomena (subject and object)
4 Concluding that Insight has been attained - Images of purity and the rainbow
as symbols of reality
5 klistomanovijnana - the soiled mind consciousness
6 Clear consciousness on waking up in the morning
7 Phenomena as mental objects The Will/impulsion
8/9 Relativity/Possibilities of Perception
10 "The ten things that one must know"
11/12 Experience underlying your experience of self
13 Separating the personal from the impersonal in one's experience
13/14 The purity of perception, ... alienated awareness of the unreal, ... disillusion
14 What is 'unreal'?
15 Alienated awareness and dissipated awareness
16 Experience is feeling and awareness
17 The next precept (3)
17/18 What does 'idea' mean?. Opinions as a concatenation of causes
19 Getting beyond our own views of ourselves
19/22 Needing an identity. Being seen as a role/function in society
22/25 Explaining what someone in the Friends does when talking to an "outsider"
23/26 More about identities
26 Next precept (4) - body and speech are transitory
27 Care with the usage of the words 'impermanent' and 'transient'
28 On to the next precept (5). Wrongly viewing karma as a closed system from
which there is no escape. Weighty karmas. karmas which lose their force.
29/35 Can there be coercion in the spiritual life?
31 'The iron law of karma'
31/32 Not confusing the maintenance of morality on the social plane with the
spiritual plane
31/32 'Retribution'
33/34 You cannot extricate yourself from the group completely
35 Use of force/coercion in the positive group and spiritual community
36/37 Facing the situation as it is without prevarication."..it's easier to deceive
ourselves than other people"
37/39 Use of the word 'ought'
39/40 Seeing the Order or Spiritual Community as a group to be manipulated
41 Viewing the co-operative business as a kind of spiritual community
42 Likewise with residential communities
42/46 Running ordinary businesses rather than co-ops? Comparing the two
47/48 The minimum number of people for a community
49 The rectification of terms
Next Day, Next Precept (6).
50 The usefulness of sorrow
51 Sorrow as a guru
51/53 The difficulty of combining happiness/joy and mindfulness (especially when
with other people)
53 The next precept (7)
54/55 Enjoying affluence and material prosperity Attachment
56/58 Degrees of attachment and generosity
58/59 Facing up to one's own inner poverty
60 Art and "aesthetic parasites"
61/63 One's own creative activity
64 Exuberance Next Precept (8)
65/66 Misfortune bringing one to the Dharma
66 Mrs Rhys Davids and her misfortune leading her in a certain direction
67 Can an Enlightened being suffer misfortune?
68 Hakuin and the unmarried woman's child ...
reputation The next two precepts (9 & 10)
69 Making an impression
70 Is the Arhant ideal an impossibility?
71 Does an Enlightened being have an effect after Parinirvana?
72 A lack of developed people despite the external signs
On to Section VII
73/74 Professing but not practising
75 Ethnic and Universal religions - the group and the individual
76 Christianity in England as an ethnic cult
77 Healthy paganism Christianity taking over paganism
78/80 The impoverishment of Protestantism
80 Trying to recreate the foundations of paganism
81/82 Using the study of Buddhism as a camouflage for not practising it
83/84 Lack on interest in Buddhism from other cultures
85/86 Not going beyond the happy, healthy and human
87/90 Man (Males) as a house-trained animal Domestication
88 Losing freedom and spontaneity
90 The Buddha and the monks' carpets
91 More domesticity
92 Next precept - dwelling in foreign lands
92/94 Differences in different countries
95 The insularity of the English, Nationalities keeping together even when abroad
96/97 Next day, next precept "Choosing" a preceptor
98/100 Following teachings implicitly
101 Clarification through communication
Not translation or interpretation but recreation of the teachings
102 Finding/having a teacher who is just a little more advanced
103 A thin line between one who teaches and one who learns
104 "You can't really communicate with a mass of people"
105 Next precept - Mental discipline
106/107 Types of discipline
108 Unintegrated people and dhyanic states
109/110 Vows and their purpose
110 Integration of one's whole being - a "marriage of heaven and hell", not a
111/112 Boasting of our attainments
113/114 Next precept. Neglect through slothfulness
115 Forgetting what being on retreat is like
116 Trying to undo a positive state of mind
117 Next precept. Moving out of the group
118/120 What you can learn by being away from other people
119 The best time for a solitary retreat
120 The length of a solitary retreat
121 Using the term 'solitary retreat' too loosely in the Movement ("a highly
respectable activity"!)
122 A format for a solitary retreat
123 The physical environment for a solitary retreat
Calling things by the right names
123/124 The 'dawning' of spiritual knowledge
125 Measuring one's spiritual biceps!
125/127 Communing with one's illuminations/dakinis
128 Next precept - the Great Renunciation
129 Poverty/Non-possession
130/131 Chastity, celibacy and brahmacharya - the brahmalokas
132 The function of the sexual organs in a healthy person
133 The compulsiveness behind sexual activity (non-biological or psychological)
134 Supplementing inadequacies with sexual activity
134/137 Does obedience have a place in Buddhism?
135 The Super-ego
137/138 Breaking customs Regarding precepts as customs or laws
139 Telling Christians in Nepal by their hangdog expressions
140 Natural moral sense as opposed to coercion
Definition of a psychopath
141 The basis of pagan morality before Christianity
142 Being disobedient is being obedient
143 Guilt as an unskilful mental state
144 Fear of making people feel guilty
145/148 Next day, next precept Devoting oneself to the service of others
146/150 What is selfishness? The Arhant and Bodhisattva Ideal
151 Looking after others and looking after oneself
152/155 A recipe for the successful spiritual community
153/154 Hermits and the Bodhisattva Ideal - Mr Chen
156 Expecting things to be done for oneself (by others)
157 Encouraging children to be selfish
157/158 Living alone to see one's own conditioning
158/159 Suppressing the urge to do something good
159 Giving the dharma as the highest form of generosity
160 Next precept (9)
161 Sanctification
161/162 The last 3 precepts pertaining to the three yanas
Summarizing the three yanas in three words
Renunciation, altruism and transformation
164 Experiencing oneself through action ("in act")
165 Not reacting but just exchanging information
166/170 The danger of questioning motives rather than objective facts
170/171 'Unsanctified' Buddhist wedding ceremonies
172/174 Sanctification
174 Mantrayana
175 Next Precept (10)
176 The period of youth - ideal for the spiritual life
177/178 Giving up the family?
179/180 The age of starting on the spiritual path
181 Getting married
182/183 Marriage as "bliss" Naive faith
184 Young people joining the army
185/186 More about marriage
186 Marriage and falling in love/Marriage as a working partnership
187 Brides wearing white
188 Marriages in India
189 The positive institutions of the FWBO
190 Women in men's communities
191/192 A lack of exciting things for men to do in the FWBO
193 Discouraging the association between being in love and marriage
194/195 Day 5 - The Ten Things to be Persevered In
195 First Precept of Section VIII
196 Repeated listening
196/198 Beginner's mind
198 Next precept
199/200 What is a spiritual experience?
201 Next precept Yogic discipline
202/203 Not being afraid to run away (from the world)
A strategic withdrawal
204/206 Disciplined in relation ...

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