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Contents of Three Jewels - Chapters 10 13 and 15

by Sangharakshita

SANGHARAKSHITA IN SEMINAR

THE THREE JEWELS
Chapters focusing respectively on
The Round, The Spiral and The Spiritual Community:
Chapter 10 - The Wheel of Life,
Chapter 13 - The Stages of The Path, and
Chapter 15 - The Assembly of the Elect
(Sangharakshita, Windhorse, Purley, 1977.
First Published Rider, London 1967)
CONTENTS
1-2 The Chapter on the Wheel of Life - two parts to the chapter: karma and the
Wheel of Life itself
2
Consciousness determining being
3 Misuses of the term 'karma' - Karma, karmaphala and karmavipaka
What 'karma' is
karma = cetana = samskaras cetana as clear volition the samskaras as 'more of
a muddle'
4 Involuntary actions do not constitute karma
The story of the monk accidentally sitting on, crushing and killing a child
5 Karma as a form of cause and karmavipaka as a form of effect
The five nikayas of the Pali Canon and the Agamas of the Sanskrit Canon
Whatever you will produces its effect
5-8 The five niyamas - utu-niyama, bija-niyama, mano-niyama, karma-niyama and
dharma-niyama
7 Some symptoms of so-called illness, including mental illness can be due to
spiritual changes taking place
Spiritual practice - tapas - heat
7 Transforming the body into the rainbow body
8 Karma is only one kind of causation
8-9 The misunderstanding of all suffering being due to past karma
Hindus in India relating this to the caste system
9 Collective karma of a species i.e. insects
10 The law of karma is not an iron law, a rigid law or an inescapable law
according to Buddhism
How do we know that something is due to karma? - the method of residues
11-13 Euthanasia - is there a Buddhist view?
14 The Universal Consciousness - alayavijnana
Bodhisattvas interfering with the law of karma
Getting beyond the law of karma
15 Pain as a gift?
What the Abhidharma literature is
16
The seven principles of classification of karmas
16-17 Wholesome (skilful) karma and unwholesome (unskilful) karma
17-18 Speech and action being distinguished Guenther's definitions of body, speech
and mind
18-19 Body, speech and mind in the salutation to the shrine
Gesture, dance and the arts as speech
19
Kant's Critique of Judgement
20 The stories of the woman worshipping a dog's tooth thinking it was the
Buddha's, and of the Zen monk carrying the girl across the stream
21-23 Like attracting like, both wholesome and unwholesome - the appropriateness
of the resultant experience
24 Micchaditthis - confusion of thought
Bringing out from others what is in you
24-25 Results of good karma
25
Karmas which may never ripen
25-33 Weighty, death-proximate, habitual and residual karmas
26 Devadatta The dhyanas as healthy weighty volitions
27-29 Unhealthy weighty volitions - matricide, parricide, killing an Arhant,
wounding a Buddha, creating a schism within the Sangha
28 The importance of trying to make one's relationship with one's parents positive
29-30 Death-proximate karma - one's mental state at the time of death
31 Habitual karma Breaking positive habits?
32 The micchaditthi which is against any regularity of practice
33 'Meditation' in the catholic priesthood
34 Unmindfulness being a very serious matter in Buddhism
Culpable negligence
35 On to the Wheel of Life
The kamaloka, rupaloka and arupaloka
36 How many sub-planes are there in all three lokas? (27 or 32)
37-38 The sphere of the gods should be twenty two times larger in scale than each of
the other five spheres shown on the diagramatic Wheel of Life
39-40 The conflict between the asuras and the gods
40 The wish fulfilling tree, cow and pot
41 'The criterion of the good is not the agreeable'
42 Is it necessary to enter the realm of the gods?
43 Are Pure Lands within the Wheel of Life?
43-45 The Anagami of the Hinayana and the Pure Land of the Mahayana
45 The original model of the Wheel of Life
46 Lobha, Dvesa and Moha - not just greed hatred and delusion
The black and white half circles on the wheel - those going down being
chained together
46-48 The six realms with a form of Avalokiteshvara in each of them
48-50 The twelve nidanas or 'links' in the process of pratityasamutpada
50-51 The wheel over past, present and future lives
53 The Wheel existing inside as well as outside Buddha-fields, pure lands and
impure lands/worlds
54 Next Session - The Stages of the Path
57 Path and Fruit - the Four Noble Truths
58 "This process of reaction in a progressive order constitutes the basic principle
of the Path taught by the Buddha"
59 Moving up the spiral
59-60 Following a Middle Way
61-63 The diagram of the basic framework of Bhante's teaching - two circles linked
by a spiral
The principle of the Path in a few words
62 The Refuge Tree
63 The Christian devil is just a normal healthy, happy human being
The twelve links of the Spiral
64-67 Inspirations to start on the spiral
67 Indian schools of thought about cause and effect - Satkalyavadins and
Asatkalyavadins
67 From dukkha to faith
68-69 Experiences leading to faith - spiritual experiences
70-71 Sraddha - faith - the healthy counterpart of trsna - craving
72 Where there is faith there is generosity
From faith to delight (pamojja)
73 Systematically surveying one's own practice of the precepts
73-75 The importance of confession in Buddhism
75 Becoming more refined/less coarse through meditation
76 From delight to joy, rapture, ecstasy (priti)
76-77 'Probably most human beings don't use more than five to ten percent of their
energy'
77-78 Degrees of priti/rapture
78 Rapture to calmness (prasrabdhi)
Stages of meetings - dullness/boredom - aggressiveness/argumentativeness
mixed with cheerfulness and laughter - calmness and harmony
79-81 Calmness to bliss (sukha)
82-83 Having communication 'on the cheap'
82-84 Using communication exercises responsibly
84-85 Misidentifying any stage of the path with the goal
86 Bliss to concentration (samadhi)
86-89 Encouraging and coaxing rather than forcing by sheer effort of will
89 Getting caught up in the techniques of meditation and thereby not really
meditating
Note: this section ends with the seventh nidana - samadhi.
89 Chapter 15: The Assembly of the Elect
The three principal meanings of Sangha
93 You can't really have the benefits (of Sangha) without the commitment (to
Enlightenment) too
94
'Brotherly' feelings increasing in the (F)WBO Sangha
95-96 The Arya Sangha and the aryans - Stream Entrants, Once Returners,
Non-Returners and Arahants
96 The Deities of the Path and the Gods of the Round
96-97 The Arhant
97-117The Stream Entrant
100 Getting a definite glimpse of things as they really are
The seven holy persons
100-103 -
The Faith Follower and the Doctrine Follower
102 Balancing the Five Spiritual Faculties
Gautama the intellectual type (of Buddha) to be followed by Maitreya the
devotional type
102 Tsongkhapa and Milarepa as representative of the two types
103 The faith liberated one and the Vision attained one
The body witness ('psychically sensitive type')
104 The wisdom liberated one and The doubly liberated one
105 The Eight Holy Persons
106 Breaking the first three fetters
107 The closeness of suffering and happiness
108 "Things aren't as bad as you think - they are worse!"
109
Defining Insight
The first fetter - sakayadrsti - personality view - 'one is what one is and it
cannot change'
110 Definitions of the soul - Aristotle
111 The second fetter - doubt - a reluctance to make up one's mind
111 The third fetter - dependence on morality and observances
112 Ritual - the unworthiness of the priests not affecting the efficacy of the
sacrament in Catholicism
113 Luther and Protestantism's protests
114 The Once-Returner - weakening the fourth and fifth fetters - sensuous craving
and aversion
115 The Non-Returner - eradicating sensuous craving and aversion
The Arhant - breaking the five higher fetters - craving for existence in the
world of pure form and in the formless world, conceit, restlessness, and lack of
clear understanding of Reality
116-117 The Pratyeka (or 'Private') Buddha
Reading to the end of the chapter
118 The laity living a spiritual life by proxy
119 The Thai government's control of the bhikkhus
122 How bishops are appointed in Britain by the Prime Minister
122 Sangharakshita, "The Buddhist Vicar of Hampstead"!
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