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Contents of Right Livelihood - Questions and Answers at Windhorse Trading

by Sangharakshita

Sangharakshita In Seminar


RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

[Seminar held with the Windhorse Trading Chapter At Cross House, Titchwell, Norfolk on 26th
December 1993]

CONTENTS - Page One

RIGHT LIVELIHOOD - COMPLETE PATH OR PREPARATION?

WHAT IS A PATH

Parenthood as a path







1 Can a lifestyle be a path?







2 Is any lifestyle perfect?

THE WINDHORSE TRADING LIFESTYLE AS A PATH

Qualities developed at Windhorse Trading
Mindfulness








4 'Work Drive'
The value of objective checks
The Windhorse Trading lifestyle and Insight




5 Samatha, Zen and Insight
The importance of the extreme situation
Being able to recall the Dharma





6 Anger as an extreme situation





7
The 'Five Spiritual Faculties' considered dynamically
Windhorse Trading and the Five Spiritual Faculties
Is a long term commitment to Windhorse Trading spiritual viable?

9 'Vow of stability'
'Keeping your options open'






10
Is Team Based Right Livelihood just for 'getting your energy moving'

11 Is a monastic/retreat centre lifestyle the ideal?
Dhyana versus the 'existential situation' as paths to Insight


12 Koan
Team Based Right Livelihood develops 'virile spiritual friendship'



IDEAL STRUCTURE FOR WINDHORSE TRADING -
AUTONOMY AND CENTRALISATION

Centralisation in the wider Movement





13 Advantages of legally autonomous shops





14 Other Right Livelihoods







15
PROPAGATING A VISION - Encouraging particular lifestyles in shop teams
16
Centralisation in other Buddhist Groups





17 Origins of FWBO structure

CENTRALISATION OF WINDHORSE TRADING and...
uniformity (retreat allowance, support, etc.)




18 propagating a vision of Right Livelihood
decision making
trust









19 analogy with Mitra system
deciding how much support to give people




20
Relationship of Windhorse Trading to the rest of the Movement


21 Windhorse Trading as a resource for the Movement as a whole

"QUANTITY VERSUS QUALITY"

Franchising









22 Cost of franchising - diverting resources from Kalyana Mitrata

How many shops to open, how much backup can we provide?


23 Most Order Members could be stretched more




25 Having 'Weekends off'
Lack of teachings on Right Livelihood in Buddhist tradition


26
"GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, TAKE WHAT YOU NEED"


27
Evaluating 'needs'
Food
Clothes









29 Therapy (ie alternative medicine)
Working out an 'average support'
"Windhorse hat, Order Member hat"





30 Subjectivity of 'needs'
Comparison with the 'outside world' inappropriate



31
Private money and the 'common purse'

Therapy (alternative medicine)






33
Money itself as a 'need'
Restricting the freedom to give?






36
PENSIONS








37
Psychotherapy








45 False memories








46 Psychotherapy versus Kalyana Mitrata





48
KALYANA MITRATA IN 'CENTRE' AND 'PERIPHERY'
OF WINDHORSE TRADING

COLLECTIVE PRACTICE AND INTENSITY



50
Meditating alone or collectively






51 Intensity and the 'Tight Ship'






52 Routine lifestyle and ritual







53
Insight, self sacrifice and spiritual friendship
Service and support







56
MYTH









57
Keeping one's objective in mind






58 The myth is already implicit






59
WORKING WITHIN CAPITALISM





60
Understanding money

No worked-out traditional Dharma to draw on




61 The need to study economics






62 Use of management models






63 Connecting principles and practice
Understanding money and interest






64
INSIGHT - INTENSITY AND SAMATHA




65
How to bring the Dharma to mind?
Jealousy, anger etc. - reflecting can lead to Insight



68 Is samatha necessary?

WINDHORSE ORDER MEMBERS AND THE WIDER MOVEMENT
69 ...

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