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The Next Twenty Years

The Next Twenty Years

On WBO Day 1988, the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Western Buddhist Order, its founder, Sangarakshita, reflects informally on his hopes and fears for The Next 20 Years.He touches on a wide range of topics including the handing over of his responsibilities. He exhorts the Order (and the Movement more generally) to practice mindfulness more seriously, to improve politeness and to go out into society to make clear the Buddhist conception of ethics, as well as to take an active part in combatting racial prejudice and develop what he calls “an ecological dimension”.

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This illuminating collection of previously unpublished talks traces the development of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma in the West from 1965 to 2011.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