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The Rain of the Dharma

The Rain of the Dharma

Sangharakshita opens this talk with an affectionate account of his eight main teachers and continues by exploring the principle themes of the White Lotus Sutra - a sutra which is “spiritually speaking of very great historical and doctrinal importance indeed.”After a clear and lucid account of the centrality of Going for Refuge in the life of the modern Buddhist and an exciting explanation of the Three Gateways of Liberation, Sangharakshita describes the five things essential to our spiritual growth and concludes with a challenging plea that the rain of the Dharma be kept pure and “pollution free.”

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This illuminating collection of previously unpublished talks traces the development of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma in the West from 1965 to 2011.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