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Contents of Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path - Unchecked

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by Sangharakshita

Study Group Leaders' Questions and Answers on:

"Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path to Enlightenment"
Contents
THE TIBETAN WHEEL OF LIFE
1/2Suitable background reading on the Tantra in general
2/10The symbol
10/11Alternative terms for Tantric Buddhism
11The Red, Black and Yellow seeds
12The seeds in the Alaya
13/16The asuras and negative competitiveness among male Order Members
The Asura mode - power mode par excellence
Identity and territory co-operation rather than competition
16/26Devas, humans, and artistic creativity
Suffering and creativity
20Therapeutic art
2/26Devas and dhyanas - positive volitional states
24Dukkha
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE STUPA
27/29The Significance of the Buddha's Nirvana
29The origin of the Buddha's instructions for the stupa
30/32Stupa visualisation practice in the Movement
32/36Akasa - space is a concept, a mode of perception
36/37The Tantric elements that were omitted in the lecture
Bija mantras, chakra meditations
37/38Two elements of Rupa as the objective content of the perceptual
situation
38Transcendental perception of Rupa
39Continuing to respect one's teacher
Sariputta and the Buddha - reasons for rebuke
40/42Predicting people's response to the teaching of the Dharma
42/46Initiation - abhiseka, wangkur
Passing on energy
45/46Introducing the Yidam
46/49Gaining Enlightenment through the Tantras, lower and higher
48/49Is the Anuttara Yoga relevant to the WBO?
49/51Re-affirming one's Going for Refuge
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE SACRED THUNDERBOLT
OR DIAMOND SCEPTRE OF THE LAMAS
52/53With or without catastrophe - the spiritual path
53/57Breaking through - shattering experiences
Intensity of practice
55Hatha and Raja Yoga
56/57Working intensely - with insight
58The trampling of the Bodhisattvas!
59Sexual symbolism of the vajra, bell and lotus
59Using the term 'oneness'
60Querying the term 'ground of being'
61/62Correlating the Buddhas, wisdoms, elements and skandhas
62/64Dualities in the vajra
Yin, yang and balance
64/65Use of the vajra and vajra bell within the Movement
65/67Sacramental
Plotinus, the Neoplatonic writers and Theurgy
Evoking Tara
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE COSMIC REFUGE TREE AND
THE ARCHETYPAL GURU
68/69Communication of lay people in the Buddha's time
Are lay people included in the Sangha in the Pali Canon?
69The three synonyms for Enlightenment in the Majjhima Nikaya
70/73The meaning of the Dakini Refuge
Spiritually stimulating company
73/74The Sangha in Tibetan Buddhism
74The Yidam - using the term
75/76The Yidam - choosing
Dhardo Rimpoche and divination
Synchronicity
77/78The Tantric Guru - Bhante and the Movement
78/80Experiencing one's Guru as Buddha
The story of the dog's tooth
79/80Continuing the lineage Root gurus
80/81Lineage and the future of the WBO
82/84The debasement of progressive organisation of practice in the Buddhist
tradition
Keeping in touch with the original principles
84/86The Refuge Tree as a lifetime's study
Prostration practice
86/87The Refuge Tree as archetype of evolution
87/88The Dharmapalas of the Refuge Tree
88Is there a Milarepa practice?
88/89Prajnaparamita - a place amidst the texts?
89/90The central position - Milarepa. Tsongkapa, Vajradhara
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE CREMATION GROUND
AND THE CELESTIAL MAIDENS
91/92Personal cremation grounds - the crucial situation
92/93Weeping at the time of death
93/96The ten stages of decomposition of the corpse
The bone sign - ugha(?) nimitta
96/99Companions in the cremation ground
Crucial situations
99/100Are Dakinis amoral?
100Dakinis as energy
101/104Padmasambhava teaching the Dakinis
Dealing with one's moods
104.105Sarvabuddhadakini
105/106Beauty as fashion
106/108The impact of the less alluring dakinis
Animal deities
108/109Women's attraction to the Dakini image
109/111Indian Order members attitude to the Mahayana and Tantric images
111Padmasambhava's Heruka form
112The damaru
113/114Identifying a thanka offered by Surata
Ganesh or Ganapati
THE SYMBOLISM OF OFFERINGS AND SELF SACRIFICE
115/116The recollection of death as a practice for mitras
116/117Simplifying or westernising the offering of the Mandala practice
117/118Offerings - the inner, outer and secret
The wrathful Vajrapani in public view
119/123Special pujas and their suitability
Resistance to the three and the sevenfold puja
123/125The chod practice and its applicability
THE SYMBOLISM OF COLOURS AND MANTRIC SOUND
126Letters of the Sanskrit alphabet
126/131Neoplatonism and the 'Rite of Fascination' - Beauty
128Plotinus and altruism
128/129The three vimoksamukkas and 'Subha'
131/132'Green' and Going for Refuge
132/133'Blue', the Medicine Buddha and Tara
133/137Development of Tibetan Tantra in Indian literature
137/141Vajrayana practices in the FWBO
Vajrayana practices - a quicker path to Enlightenment?
141Classification of mantras
142/147Mantras and Going for Refuge
146Nichiren and other religions
147/148Adisthana and Abhisheka
148/149Subtle sight and subtle hearing
149/150'Clashing' mantras
150Description of the Manjughosa practice
THE MANDALA OF THE FIVE BUDDHAS 'MALE' AND 'FEMALE'
151Recommended reading
151/153The five vimoksa dvaras - further correlations
153/156The Rupakaya and Nirmanakaya
156/157Sambhogakaya - the body of mutual delight
157/158Svabhavikskaya
Vajrasattva - Adi-Buddha
158/159The Nyingmapa Trikaya
The stupa at Borobodur - the unfinished Buddha
159/160Background information on mandala figures
160/161Historical development of the Buddhas representing aspects of
Enlightenment
161/162The hundred syllable mantra and the five Buddha families
162/163The Khadga family - the sword family
163The colour of Tara
164/165Ratnasambhava and colour in Buddhism
165/167Tulkus
167/170Alternative terms for 'Going for Refuge'
170/171The Brahmacarya vow and Going for Refuge
171/173The background to the series
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