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Looking Back – And Forward (2007)

Looking Back – And Forward (2007)

At the Birmingham Buddhist Centre in April 2007 Sangharakshita helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the FWBO (as well as the 60th anniversary of his Going Forth). With characteristic clarity and conviction, he shares reflections on: anniversaries; the early days of the FWBO and our core practices; his Going Forth in India; the difficulties of practising the Dharma; what makes someone not a Buddhist and the Four Dharmamudras; and finally refreshes our memory about the six distinctive emphases of the FWBO.

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This illuminating collection of previously unpublished talks traces the development of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma in the West from 1965 to 2011.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