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Contents of Tibetan Book of the Dead

by Sangharakshita

The Tibetan Book of the Dead seminar
1-22 The message of the book
2-5 Evading the issue of rebirth
5-7 Insanity and Enlightenment. Opening up fresh possibilities of experience
8 The bardo experience - removed from the familiar
10-12 The importance of strenuous thinking - Buddhist philosophy
Irresponsible translations of the Dharma
12-14 Subjective and objective views
Thinking and feeling
15-17 The bardo space in life as well as death
18-19 The effort of the .individual
19-20 The bardo experience in everyday life
Forgetting powerful experiences
21-22 Making the message too accessible
22-42 The Bardo of the moment before death
23-24 Self-consciousness - the problem of keeping and losing control
25-27 Alienation and self-consciousness
Communication - levels and awareness
27-30 Duality - as confusion, loss and gain, pleasure and pain
31-33 Getting out of contact before being in contact
Communicating WBO meanings of words
33-36 Death in terms of the elements and senses
36-38 Attaining Enlightenment or losing one's sanity?
38-40 Experiencing pain and pleasure simultaneously
40-42 (The luminosity) a tiny glimpse of reality
43-44 Seeing and believing
44-70 The Hell Realm
44-51 The building of aggressive energies and emotions
Fighting with oneself
Creating one's own hell realm
52-60 Projecting one's emotions
57-58 God images and projection
58-59 Projection and creativity
59 Fear as a projection
60-61 Fear of punishment and coercion
61-63 Hell - subjective and objective
63 Anger as motivation to Enlightenment
63-64 Love and projection
64-66 Hell as a sanction for the spiritual life
66 The wheel of life
67-70 The cold hell realm
Uncommunicated anger
69 Aggressiveness rather than hatred
The Hungry Ghost realm
Possession and dissatisfaction
72-74 Emotional impoverishment
74-76 Alienation from one's feelings
77-80 Neurotic greed
80-81 Desiring one's optimum well-being
81-82 The spiritual person and enjoyment
Feeding pretas
83-116 The Animal Realm
83-84 Animals, natural functions and socially acceptable meanings
84-87 A sense of human and modern society
Deflecting anger with humour
88-89 Instinct and predictable behaviour
89-92 Elements of animality in humanity
92-94 Culture and being aware of other possibilities
Art and religion
94-96 Creating the positive group and the spiritual community
Living too comfortable a life
96-98 Are differences threatening?
98-99 Charities, the law and change
99-100 The symbolism of the animal realm
101-107 Attitudes to culture
103-104 Culture as an alternative to the devotional
107-115 The rebirth of an animal
The Jataka Tales
112-114 Human potential
Mind and body, devolution and evolution
115-116 Philosophical implications
116-132 The Human Realm
117-123 An accumulation of collective experience
119 Culture
Appropriation and alienation
122-123 Asuras and devas and humans
124-128 The cultural experience of the average human
128-138 Objective criteria after the effects of meditation
129-131 Changes in vision and attitude
131-132 Self consciousness and being fully human
132-156 The Realm of the Jealous Gods
132-136 The Asuras - anger and intrigue
136-139 Alienation of qualities
137 Appropriation
139-153 Competitiveness - its negative and positive elements
Ancient Greek attitudes
153-154 Women's instincts to serve'
154 The offering of the sword of wisdom
155 The etymology of Asura
155-156 Unhealthy competitiveness in the spiritual life
157-177 The Realm of the Gods
151-158 Doing what you really want to do
158 The kamaloka and rupaloka - distinctions by gender
159-160 Angels and androgyny
161 The Brahmacarya
163-165 The infamous hierarchy!
The individual despite social and cultural conditioning
165 Developing one's opposite qualities
167 Maintaining the state of samadhi
172 Single-sex communities
172-174 Comments on angel, hippies and communities
174-177 The confrontation of two realms
The palliative approach
178 The Bardo of the Dharmata
178-180 The phase of transition
182-184 The Akasa
185-188 Finding one's level
188-191 The colours and the Five Buddhas
The relaxing of the subject-object distinction
191-196 The Bardo retreat
Mystics, experiences, schizophrenia
194-195 Vipassana practices and their pitfalls
196-198 The journey between dharmakaya and luminosity
Contacting one's emotional nature
198-199 Angels - origins and hierarchies
200 The nature of the visions
201-202 Receptivity - Cooking our egos'
A limited self means limited visions
Limiting one's visions
The liberation through hearing on the after-death plane
206-208 Saving rather than transforming one's soul
208-210 The visions of the Tathagatas
210-215 Communication - transcending subject-object duality
Sex as a basis for communication.
213-215 East and West - warmth and friendliness
215-225 Vision of the peaceful deities
215-218 The power in peace
216 Four Brahma Viharas
Metta, karuna, mudita and upeksa
217 The cessation of everything mundane
218-225 Fear of peace
Fear of silence
225-228 The experience of the wrathful deities
226-227 The peaceful as unyielding
The wrathful as reactive
228-258 The six realms and the Tathagatas
229-240 Style, lifestyle and commitment
231-232 Role playing
233-234 Sloppy usage of language
235-238 Western reluctance to evaluate, to order hierarchically
Expressing a genuine conviction
239-240 Experiencing the realms
Spirituality of mind and body
241 The unfamiliarity of the Bardo
241-256 The Subtle Body
243 Bhante's first experience of acupuncture
249 Aura and attraction
252-254 Other kinds of bodies
254 Multiplication of bodies
256-258 Concern about life after death
259-280 The First Day
259-260 Functioning in the luminosity
260-261 The timing of the Bardo experience
261-262 The experience of unconsciousness
The waters of Lethe
262 The development of the Buddha families
262-265 The priority of the teaching rather than the myth
263 Sakyamuni
265 Vairocana
265-267 Solar symbolism
267-269 The panoramic vision
Decentralising oneself
269 Blue
270 White
271-273 The eight-spoked wheel
The wheel turning king
273-274 The soft white light of the Gods
275-280 The wisdom of the Dharmadhatu
Clinging to a source of happiness
279-280 A reaction to the unsupportable
280-295 The Second Day
Aksobhya, Vajrasattva
281 Transcending the water element
281-283 The vajra
283 The elephant throne
The Buddha Eye, the five types of eye
283-288 Buddha-lochana, the female consort
Women and communication
286-287 Blake's definition of the"emanation"
288-292 Ksitigarbha and Maitreya
Potential of growth
The Earth Goddess bearing witness
289-291 Being supportive in the context of spiritual growth
292 Female bodhisattvas, Lasya, Pushpa
293-295 The vajra-like intellect
295-304 The Third Day
296-297 Ratnasambhava, Mamaki
Dana mudra, wisdom of sameness
The negative aspects of generosity
298 The horse throne
299 Correlations between jnanas and vijnanas
300-301 Akasagarbha and Samantabhadra
302 Mala and Dhupa - female bodhisattvas
302-304 Pride and riches
Greed and the West
305-314 The Fourth Day
305 Amitabha
306-308 Accumulating wisdom
Fire and Peacock
Transformation of energy
308 Panadaravasini, Padmanatesvara, Sakyamuni
314-330 The Fifth Day
314-316 Amoghasiddhi, the karma family
315-318 The union of opposites, green and the crossed vajra
316 The shang-shang and cymbals
Symbols and their meaning
318 Samaya-Tara, Sama-Tara
319-320 The Tara mantra
The Tara practise for male Order members
320-322 Vajrapani and Sarvaniveranaviskambhin
The clearing away of all hindrances
322 Gandha and Nairedya
323-324 Skandhas and realms
324-326 Female and male Bodhisattvas
326-327 Jealousy
328-329 Karma and vipaka
329-330 The iconography of the two aspects of Enlightenment
330-354 The Sixth Day
330-332 The Forty Two peaceful deities
332-338 The principle of no escape. Going for Refuge
A situation of ...

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