The Essential Sangharakshita: A Half-Century of Writings from the Founder of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order
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The Essential Sangharakshita: A Half-Century of Writings from the Founder of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order

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Profoundly knowledgeable and articulate, and equally at home with science, philosophy, myth, art, and poetry, Urgyen Sangharakshita uses every inner avenue to communicate the timeless Dharma to the Western mind. Engaging both the intellect and the heart countless times in a single chapter, the author draws remarkably apt examples from sources as diverse as Orwell, Aeschylu...more
Paperback, 792 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Wisdom Publications
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ShriDurga
Among the Westerners who went East and brought the Dharma home, one of the more prolific writers and lecturers was Englishman Sangharakshita (formerly Dennis Lingwood). Stationed to India during WWII, he stayed on 14 years to study Buddhism, reputedly taking ordination as a Theravadan monk, but studying as well with teachers from Chan and Vajrayan traditions before retuning to the UK in the mid-1960's to found the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. Questions about the authenticity of his ord...more
Steve
I consider this to be a modern sutra, a sacred book that will last down the ages. Amazing. I've read about 30 of his books, and I found new things here, and met old friends. Well edited. I think there could probably be a second essential book, and a third. This book is awesome. I think I'm going to go reread it.

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This book is hot with intensity. You need oven mitts to read it.

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