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Contents of White Lotus Sutra - Unchecked

DISCLAIMER - This transcript has not been checked by Sangharakshita, and may contain mistakes and mishearings. Checked and reprinted copies of all seminars will be available as part of the Complete Works Project.

by Sangharakshita

STUDY GROUP LEADERS SEMINAR HELD ON THE

WHITE LOTUS SUTRA
CONTENTS
PAGE TOPIC
1-2Mutual penetration of all phenomena as a logical development of
the doctrine of conditionality
3Could the doctrine of mutual penetration replace the doctrine of Sunyata?
3-4How valid is the concept of Sunyata?
4-6The 'soul' of the universe is essentially ethical
The counterbalancing of destructive and positive forces
6-7Practices for insight ineo interpenetration
8-9ExamPles of interpenetration in other cultures or religions
9-11 Science, philosophy and interpenetration
11-12 Does Blake's vision approach the Gandhavyuha?
12-13 Are there any translations from the Pali into the Theravada traditions?
13-14 The term 'Hinayana' is perjorative
14-16 Proselyatising - other schools of Buddhism
Going out from an basis of spiritual strength
17-18 The urge to Enlightenment and the ego's resistance
18-19 Using FWBO language in the group
19-20 Responding to people's actual needs
20How the collective unconscious fits into the scheme of the Higher Evolution
21-23 Dealing with people's psychological problems within the FWBO
23-25 Arahants and Bodhisattvas
25-27 Fear and fearlessness
27-29 The life and writings of Mrs A A G Bennett
29-32 Debating as a spiritual practice
Being able to justify one's position as a Buddhist
33-35 The Genesis of the Mahayana Sutras
35-37 The consequences of disparaging the Sutras
Teaching the Dharma skilfully
37-39 Fruitful ways of approaching non conceptual material in Mitra study classes
39-40 The structure of the White Lotus Sutra
40The date of Kumarajiva' s translation
41-44 Nitcheren
42-44 Our attitude and approach to Western Nitcheren groups
44-45 Worship of a sutra as a path to Enlightenment
46-48 The symbolic significance of the title and its relation to the context
48-49 The Mahayana and the higher truths
49-50 Central Asian influence in the sutra
51The development of the Trikaya doctrine
52-53 The three yanas as progressive stages
53The Sravakayana is more negative than the Pratyeka Buddha
53-54 The Hinayana' s nirvana
55Different yanas for different temperaments
55-56 The walkout of the 5,000 Arahants
56-57 The inner Ananda
58-59 The predictions to Enlightenment
57-58 The Enlightened mind within
60The Buddha of Abundant Treasures and Sakyamuni' S emanations
61-62 Mutual interpenetration in the White Lotus Sutra
63-65 The lack of motivation in the UK generally
65Qualities in prospective Order Members
66-67 Encouraging people to get off the dole
67-69 Apathy in relation to change
69-70 Was the Mahayana Mara's work?
70The period of the counterfeit dharma
70-71 Does the end justify the means
71-74 The everlasting existence of phenomena ?
74-75 Is sectarianism a necessary stage?
75-81 Buddhist and non sectarian
81-83 A coming 'new-age'
83-84 Is the 'new-age' a realistic possibility?
84-88 The 'New Society' outside the FWBO
The rate of technological change and increasing fundamentalism
Taking advantage of trends in society
88-90 The gopis and the bacchae
90-91 Ken Wilber's views
91Flying saucers as psychic symbols
92-93 Books on the White Lotus Sutra
93-94 Oriental epic literature
94The battle, the riddle and the journey
94-98 Is the myth of 'the fall' in accord with the dharma?
The return journey
98The importance of our first relationship with mother
100Sariputra, Subhuti and Ananda in the Mahayana sutras
101The use of allegory
104Psychological attitudes of servant and son relating to modern relationships
109Relationships between Order Members and Mitras
110 - 112"
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113The symbolism of the Tibetan Book of the Dead
113The clear light of the Bardo Thodol
115Fear of change
115The higher and lower selves - Angels and Bodhisattvas
118Dualism to insight - a matter of time
119The limitations of psychological technique within a spiritual practice
120Meditation and change in behaviour patterns
122The differences between religions reflected in their parables
123The development of life and consciousness
124The sameness and difference of people
Universality of the individual
128Energy and the psychic centres; subtle bodies and auras
135The linking consciousness
136Fidelity to the mind
139Prana and chi
139Visualising seed symbols
142Presenting the Higher Evolution in secular terms
Stretching the English language
146The eight stupas built over the Buddha's remains
147The intervention of the Brahmin in the disciples quarrel
147Pagoda and dagoda
148Relic worship and offerings made by the bhikkhus
The Jetavadins
150Building a stupa
151Relic worship as a human failing
Bhante's ashes
153Reading the histroy of Ashoka
154The vidic hearth and parasols
155"Man's desire to preserve the leader" - tombs, stupas and pyramid~
157Akasha and consciousness
160The 'Buddha's eyes' in the stupa
161The correlation between the path of the Higher Evolution and the
Five element symbolism of the stupa
162Lunar and solar religions - yin and yang
163Masculine and feminine qualities
164The form of the stupa visualisation
165Reflections on its transcendental qualities
Correlating the stupa and the dhyani Buddhas
168Are the stupas mere reliquaries to modern Theravadins?
169Incorporating the stupa into our practice
Literature mentioning the stupa
171Correlating the stupa with the five Buddhas
172Yin and Yang - transferring symbols from one tradition to another
174Buddhism lacks a language of opposites
The 'path' rather than a 'balance'
"Verbal balancing acts"
177Will Buddhism re-emerge in China?
178Positive aspects of chines collective communes
179The sudden and gradual paths
Personal experiences
182Visual representations of the Pure Lands in Japanese and Chinese art
183The prediction of Puma's Enlightenment
183The significance of Purna's eloquence
184Abstract and concrete universals as represented in the mantras
187The alphabet of wisdom
188Could Enlightenment be formulated in terms of communication?
188Are the mantric syllables pre-Buddhist?
Do they incorporate magic sound symbols from other tradtions?
189Is their historic development traceable?
190Introducing mantra recitation as a regular samatha practice
191Mitras and visualisation practice
192Mitras taking the ten precepts
193Discussing one's sadhana practice with Mitras and Order members
194The place of the Padmasambhava practice in the puja
195Distinctions between self visualisation and external visualisation practice
197Retaining identification with oneself as Buddha or Bodhisattva after the practice
198The offering of the pearl necklace and its significance
199Where can the images of Asclepios be found?
200Pamacelsus
201The healing arts as an expression of compassion
Dreams, drugs and diet
206The burning of toes and fingers as sacrifice
Ordination burnings of wax and incense cones
Spiritual trials of self torment. Prostrations
209Comfort
211The spiritual justification of burning oneself
212The Buddha as cosmic principle
Losing the historical Buddha in the archetypal Buddha
Appropriate reading matter
216The thanka of the Medicine Buddha
217The Vietnamese monk
218A Buddha or Bodhisattva who embodies peace
218Music, the Mahayana and the FWB0END
222Discussion of various translations of the White Lotus Sutra that took place at the end
of the Study Group Leaders Seminar on the Bodhisattva Ideal.
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