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Notes for specific Buddhist themes

The Eight Fold Path (Vajramati, New York, 4 weeks)

Week 1. Right view and Right intentionEight Fold Path Overview

Week 2. Right speech and Right action

Week 3. Right livelihood and Right effort

Week 4. Right mindfulness and Right concentration

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The Four Noble Truths (Vajramati, New York, 4 weeks)

Week 1. Life is Suffering

Week 2. The Cause of Suffering

Week 4. Cessation of suffering

Week 4. The Path Leading to Cessation of suffering

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The Wheel of Life (Vajramati, New York, 4 weeks)

Week 1. Overview of The Wheel of Life and Wheel of Life Drawing

Week 2. The Hub of The Wheel

Week 3. The Six Realms

Week 4. The Twelve Links

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The Six Perfections (Vajramati, New York, 4 weeks)

Week 1. Overview of the Six Perfections

Week 2. 1. Generosity 2. Virtue and Morality

Week 3. 3. Patience and Tolerance 4. Energy, Diligence, Vigor and Effort

Week 4. 5. One-Pointed Concentration and Contemplation 6. Wisdom and Insight

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Exploring the Precepts

There are several introductory Buddhism courses in the Dharma Teaching section which include teachings on ethics and the precepts, e.g.:

  • Week 4 of Sagaraghosha’s ‘Introduction to Buddhism’ Course. You can access thishere.
  • Section 2 of the course ‘Basic Buddhist Teachings’ by Achala; click here.
  • For an exploration of four ‘styles’ of Buddhist ethics (from the “Seven Wealths”), clickhere.

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Ethical considerations (Vajragupta and Dhammaloka)

1) exploring-the-ethical-dimension-of-our-work.pdf, by Dhammaloka

A guided reflection on how our work accords with traditional notions of ethical/right livelihood.

2) identifying-habits-and-patterns.pdf, by Dhammaloka

An exercise that helps to identify with habitual patterns in our working day.

3) coursing-the-worldly-winds-1-recognition.pdf, by Vajragupta

Text explaining the teaching of the 8 worldly winds, plus a reflection on identifying them in your life.

4) coursing-the-worldly-winds-2-responding.pdf, by vajragupta

A follow-up to the previous workshop, looking at antidotes to the worldly winds.

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Ethics and Work

There are at present four parts to this section: Introductory material and reflections on

It is well worth to additionally check the section on ‘Right Livelihood’ where you can find further advice as well as resources for Team-Based Right Livelihood (TBRL), e.g.:

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Vegetarianism as a Buddhist practice (Cittapala and Saddhaloka)

The Compleat Vegetarian

An argument putting the case for a more thorough application of the Buddhist precepts in respect of vegetarianism; also covering common concerns in respect of diet. Provided by Cittapala and Saddhaloka.

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Work as Practice

On this page, we’ve collated various exercises and reflections on Work as spiritual practice. Most of them have been tested in, partly, long-term courses with people working in all sorts of professions.

Reflecting on Work

work-as-spiritual-practice.pdf, by Dhammaloka

A list of topics to consider when developing a spiritual dimension to your work. This list is derived from Dhammaloka’s talk ‘Introduction to Right Livelihood‘ that is found under Point B on the page ‘Talks, Articles, Resources’ in the Right Livelihood section of this website.

Think of adapting the Urban Retreat approach to the work life. The Urban Retreat enables people who find it difficult to go away for a week’s retreat to bring a retreat into their normal working and family commitments.

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The Four Reminders (guided meditations)

The Four Reminders (guided meditations)

Focus: Aimed at regulars and above.

Brief: Guided meditations on the Four Reminders (also known as the Preliminary Reflections): the precious opportunity of human life; death; karma; and the defects of samsara. This material contains:

1. A structure for teaching and reflection on the Four Reminders

2. Verses on the Four Reminders

3. A commentary

Some of this material was previously published in Madhyamavani.

Vishvapani, Cardiff

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Five Spiritual Faculties (notes by Dhammaloka)

the-five-spiritual-faculties-in-everyday-life.pdf, by Dhammaloka

Suggestions for how to translate the Five Indriyas (the spiritual faculties of faith, wisdom, mindfulness, vigour, and meditation) into precepts for daily life.

the-five-spiritual-faculties-and-near-enemies.pdf, by Dhammaloka

An article exploring in detail how the faculties may be balanced with each other, and also introducing the ‘near enemies’ of each faculty.

balancing-the-five-spiritual-faculties.pdf, by Dhammaloka

A diagram used in workshops on ‘work as practice’ to help people check their balance in terms of the five spiritual faculties.

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Friendship and Community

There isn’t as yet much material in this section. Please help building it up! Dhammaloka comments: “I find this a great shame. While I appreciate that friendship and community are more to be caught than taught, they seem so central to the FWBO that it seems rather surprising to see how scarcely they are dealt with in our teaching … though it must be said that there are references to Sangha in many courses and, on reflection, I’d say I could have made references on the friendship page to these resources”.

15 Points for Friendship (Paramabandhu, talk transcript)

As a start, however, Paramabandhu’s excellent talk ’15 Points for Friendship’ is available as a transcript from FreeBuddhistAudio here – http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/texts/read?num=OM491&at=text

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The Transcendental Principle (Cittapala)

“Why study the Survey?” An introduction to the main themes of the first chapter of Sangharakshita’s “A Survey of Buddhism”. Provided by Cittapala. This material comes in two parts: one, two.

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The Seven Wealths (Dhammaloka)

An exploration of seven spiritual qualities, mentioned in the Ugga Sutta of the Anguttara Nikaya. The seven qualities are saddha (faith), sila(ethical behaviour), hiri (shame, self-respect), ottappa (consideration of others or consequences), suta (listening and learning), caga (liberality, letting go), and panna (wisdom). To access the material, please go here. (Provided by Dhammaloka)

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