The First Discussion Integration of Christianity and Buddhism; Buddhism and the idea of a creator-god; what does inherent existence mean; does Western physics contradict some Buddhist teachings; space; elementary particles; imagination; existence; images; general advice to practitioners.
The Second Discussion Dealing with an unsympathetic environment; reconciling emptiness with the fact that objects perform functions; compassion and disciplining people who harm others; vipasyana in sutra and tantra; when is ordination appropriate; meditative stabilization; what religion shall one practice - suitability of various religions.
The Third Discussion Buddhism - its essence vs. its cultural form; the power of holy places; the inner guru; the individuality of consciousness remains at Buddhahood; nuclear disarmament and world peace; wearing monks' robes in the West.
The Fourth Discussion Does Buddha exist apart from our mind; analysis of merit - motivation and object; cessation of concepts and dualistic appearance; why consciousness is not the person; a disciple's attitude toward the guru; efficacy of tantric meditation techniques; relation to non-Buddhist family and friends; flexibility in taking precepts; dharma practice in society vs. retreat; the nature of consciousness.
The Fifth Discussion Guru devotion; the three kinds of suffering; benefits of ordination; emptiness in the schools of Tibetan Buddhism; enhancing a vipasyana practice; investigation into the nature of the mind; significance of the Kalacakra initiation; types of protector deities; Westerners visiting Tibet; karma and poverty; Native Americans compared to Tibetans; Bodhgaya.