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Contents of Bodhisattva Ideal - Questions and Answers with Study Leaders 1986

by Sangharakshita


Tape 1 The Origins and Development of the Bodhisattva Ideal
1-3The meaning of 'sattva'
Rethinking standard translations
4-7Bhante's writing - doing and being
Creative writing - the function
7-10The Buddha - levels of communication
11-13What the Sangha lost at the Buddha's death
13-15The practical consequences of the 'split' at the first council
16-17Theravada and Mahayana emphasis on the Buddha's life and teaching
18-19What does an Enlightened being feel?
20-21Ananda as the first example of the Bodhisattva Ideal
21-24The tradition that the Buddha could not be killed
24-26To face or not to face the Buddha in the shrine room
Tape 2 Awakening of the Bodhi heart
26-27What is 'gotra'
27-28What is ('adhimutti'?)
28-30A symbolic representation of the arising of the Bodhicitta?
30-31Confusing the Bodhicitta with the Holy spirit
32-36Debating the accuracy of the Relative and Absolute Bodhicitta having the
same name
35-36Does ultimate Reality exclude time
37-38Creative or productive
38The reflections of the moon
38-44Setting up the conditions for the arising of the Bodhicitta
Effective and Real going for Refuge
44-46The Dharma-niyama
46-48The scope of Buddhist liturgy
48-50The Puja
50-51Vasubhandu's four factors
51-55Are there examples of Bodhisattvas in Western biographies?
Tape 3 The Bodhisattva Vow
55-57The meaning of pranidhana
57-58The necessity of vows in a Bodhisattva's practice
59-62The limitations of the Bodhisattva's vow
62-63The Bodhisattva precepts - practical or cosmic?
63-64The Bodhisattva vow - a doctrinal development?
65-66The relationship between the Bodhisattva vow, precepts and ordination
66-67Bhante's Bodhisattva ordination
67-69The ten great vows of the Dasabhumika
69-70The asravas or nivaranas
70-71The decomposition of the corpse meditation
71-73The stupa meditation
74-78Helping the old, sick, prisoners and the psychologically disturbed
Tape 4 Altruism and Individualism in the Spiritual life
78-81 The Vyakarana, the Bodhisattva's assurance
81-84Guarding against misunderstandings of Buddhist texts
84-89Giving to non-Buddhist religions
89-94 Buddhism and marriage - and within the FWBO
95-98 What is appropriate to an older person
Tape 5 'Masculinity' and 'Femininity' in the spiritual life
98Query on the 42 Sections quote about insults
99Ksanti and virya, which should come first?
100-105'Masculinity' and 'Femininity' and misunderstandings
105-106A Bodhisattva who embodies ksanti?
106-109Questioning Buddhist tolerance in Buddhist countries
The church and its lack of repentence for past intolerance
109-110The position of the FWBO in terms of criticism
110-112Examples of intolerance in the gospels
112-115The Gnostic quote from the gospel of St. Thomas integration
Tape 6 The Threshold of Enlightenment
115-120Visual representations of the four dhyanas
120-122Experiencing dhyanic states
Writing from experience
123-124Horizontal and vertical integration
124-125Dhyana as an 'external' activity
125-127Dhyana and metta
127-128Gaining access to the formless dhyanas
128-129Archetypal form as a term for the rupaloka
129-130The Prajna-Paramita Hrdya mantra
130-131The difference between a mantra and a dharani
131-132Visualization of the mandala of the five Jinas
Tape 7 Bodhisattva Hierarchy
132-133Textual source of the four kinds of Bodhisattva
Copying texts as a spiritual practice
134Reciting and learning the sutras
135-138Degrees of manifestation of Reality
138-145Approaches to Kalyana Mitrata
145-147Bodhisattvas and devas of the path and the realm
147-150The altruistic element in Going for Refuge
150-153The Bodhisattvas in Bhumis seven and eight
153Reciting the Bodhisattva precepts collectively?
153-156Bodhisattvas of the Dharmakaya, Nirmanakaya and Sambhogakaya
156-157The naked Vajrasattva - Bodhisattva or Buddha
Tape 8 The Buddha and the Bodhisattva, Eternity and Time
158Visualization and the mandala of the Five Jinas
The different levels of Sunyata
159-160Insight experience and the breaking of the fetters
160-161The static versus dynamic views of reality
161-163The terminology of degrees of time
163-165Time sense in Eastern and Western religion
166-168Mechanical time and anxiety
168-169Time in relation to the Sambhogakaya
170-171Favourite passages in poetry reflecting time and impermanence
172Eh Ma Oh - Vajrasattva Yoga saddhana
172-173Padmasambhava and Dorje Chen
173-174The Medicine Buddha
174-176 Final discussion on the next study session. Browning poem.

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