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Reflections on Going Forth

Reflections on Going Forth

On the 50th anniversary of his ‘Going Forth’, speaking at the 1997 convention of the Western Buddhist Order, Sangharakshita shares his current reflections in relation to that historic event and the Buddha’s Noble Quest.He gives a brief account of different levels of going forth and then speaks more specifically in terms of going forth from body, speech and mind, touching on the areas, amongst others, of going forth from country and language, and the practise of silence during meals.

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This illuminating collection of previously unpublished talks traces the development of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma in the West from 1965 to 2011.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