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Tables of Contents for Benedict's Dharma
Chapter/Section Title
Page #
Page Count
Editor's Preface
xiii
The Trellis
1
6
General guidelines for an inner journey
1
1
Contemplation can be practiced anyplace
2
1
Spiritual motivation changes in the course of practice
3
2
To help human goodness grow
5
2
Freedom and Forgiveness
7
27
Structure, boundary, and freedom
7
5
Freedom of not knowingFreedom in clear awarenessFreedom in an undefended place
The knife needs some place to land
12
4
Freedom from guiltFreedom in the mind's mirrorFreedom and skillful means
The quality of our permeability
16
2
Freedom from comparisonFreedom from fear
What does it mean that I have this car?
18
3
Urgency and impermanence
Nonattachment
21
3
GenerosityBenefit of all
Look at each other and ask for forgiveness
24
8
Not easy to enter, not easy to leaveDoubt as a fresh frontierVows that can't be kept completely but can be constantly repairedTransforming spiritual crisis into awakening
Love and emptiness
32
2
Discipline and Spontaneity
34
25
Something a little more steady and normal in our lives
34
15
Discipline requires teacher, practice, communityDiscipline overcomes impulseDiscipline becomes naturalRestraint and spontaneityWhy be good?Impermanence and many lives
The psalms and the million recitations
49
3
Discipline beyond what one ``can do''
Shopping for yogurt
52
5
The proper amount of food and drinkKitchen work a form of spiritual cultivationEating supports spiritual practice
It all depends on motivation
57
2
Tradition and Adaptation
59
27
Commitments in constantly changing circumstances
59
7
Crucible for transformationMandala of communityUsual criteria for leadership don't applyEmbodying the spirit of the traditionWalking a tightrope across a chasm
There is no way not to adapt
66
15
How I came to the DharmaThe resistance I facedA never-ending learning and adaptingThe Buddha's flexibilityMonastic similaritiesMonastic differencesTeachers cannot teach everythingThe paradox of willGod and the DharmaHumility and adaptability
The monastery wall always permeable
81
2
Adjsuting asceticismEncountering differences
Succession and accessibility
83
3
Leadership and Humility
86
35
An experimental place
86
7
Benedict's warmheartednessA path of self-transcendenceDeveloping joy and freedomContemplation and actionGentleness and urgency
Getting unstuck
93
11
Descend with the view, ascend with the practiceFinding our inheritanceWe tend to be too hard on ourselvesThe building blocks of compassionWhat happens at the summitResistance and renunciationAfter all, one never knows
Spiritual leadership
104
9
Obedience as a skillful means for awakeningNo one is up to the taskNothing beneath attentionTaking care of one's own happinessDeeds more than wordsJust doing a monastic's business
Authority and empowerment
113
8
The oddness and usefulness of humilityNot eliminated, but turnedDepth and accuracyLadders and bridges
Afterword: Conclusions about a Beginning
David Steindl-Rast
121
10
Introduction to Saint Benedict's Rule
Mary Margaret Funk
131
7
Saint Benedict's Rule
Patrick Barry
138
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