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Essential Sangharakshita: a half century of writings from the founder of the friends of the western buddhist order
Profoundly knowledgeable and articulate, and equally at home with science, philosophy, myth, art, and poetry, Urgyen Sangharakshita uses every inner avenue to communicate the timeless Dharma to the Western mind. Engaging both the intellect and the heart countless times in a single chapter, the author draws remarkably apt examples from sources as diverse as Orwell, Aeschylus, and Jane Austen.
This distilled volume is a primer to the breadth and depth of Buddhist thought and practice.
"When Sangharakshita returned to the West in 1964 he was equipped with a grasp of and direct experience of Buddhist teaching and practice that was unparalleled in his time, indeed, in the breadth and scope it very probably remains unique."
—Nagabodhi, founding chairman of Windhorse Publications.
"Sangharakshita offers a rare combination of historical knowledge, cross-cultural awareness, and spiritual insight."
—Professor Alan Sponberg, University of Montana
"His contribution to the transmission of the Dharma form East to West has been immense."
—Professor Damien Keown, University of London.
"I have always looked to Sangharakshita's books for inspiration and ideas on how to better translate the principles and practices of Buddhism for Western audiences and practitioners today."
—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
"There is a great deal of depth and subtlety in his presentation."
—Rigdzin Shikpo, author of Never Turn Away
Urgyen Sangharakshita, author
Urgyen Sangharakshita began studying Buddhism at the age of 16. After 20 years studying in India in both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions, he returned to England in 1967 and founded the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), which now has over 65 centers worldwide. He is the author and translator of over 30 books on Buddhism.