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The Five Pillars of the FWBO

The Five Pillars of the FWBO

In this talk by Sangharakshita, given on FWBO Day 1991, we are treated to a fresh and fascinating overview of some of the most fundamental bases, or ‘pillars’, which underpin the FWBO.With characteristic clarity Sangharakshita explains how we, as individuals, and we as the FWBO, need to ‘know ourselves’, and that these particular five pillars, ideas, practices, institutions, experiment and imagination, are ways through which we could do this.This is a thought-provoking talk, one worthy of attention and reflection, for people at all levels of involvement in 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This illuminating collection of previously unpublished talks traces the development of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma in the West from 1965 to 2011.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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