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A Life for the Dharma

A Life for the Dharma

In this substantial talk, given at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre in January 1999, Sangharakshita tells the life story of the Indian master Atisha. Along the way he throws out some challenging and far-reaching questions of great relevance for modern Buddhists.He particularly stresses the Path of Regular Steps and exhorts his audience to make full use of spiritual opportunities. Most of all he emphasises the importance of self-sacrifice and living one’s life for the Dharma.

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This illuminating collection of previously unpublished talks traces the development of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma in the West from 1965 to 2011.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, from the Pāli canon and The Tibetan Book of the Dead to Beowulf and William Wordsworth, there are many intriguing perspectives: an exploration of Buddhist psychology, the histories of great teachers like Padmasambhava and Atīśa, reflections on going forth, creativity, the demons around and within us, the role of the will in the spiritual life, and much more. The final talks in the volume, given towards the end of Sangharakshita’s life, are more personal, and they include reflections on dreams, old age and rebirth.

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