I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…
In 1968 I turned 20 and was in the second year of a Maths and Physics degree. Joined my brother for a yacht trip around the South Pacific for two months, sailing to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Hove to for three days surviving a tropical cyclone. Finished my degree and started travelling in South-East Asia and India to find a Buddhist meditation teacher.
Starting in his teenage years by reading three translations of the Koran, Sangharakshita has long taken an interest in the cultural, philosophical and mystical sides of Islam, and in 1982 he led a seminar on Al-Ghazali’s The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam. In this article, written in July 2018, he reflects on this earlier interest, with further thoughts about contact today between Buddhists and Muslims, post ‘9/11’.
This piece is open to all and can be read on Sangharakshita’s website: ...
The Aryaloka Computer Education Project in India aims to fulfil the vision of Dr Ambedkar: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity in which everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background. In line with that vision they offer computer education, personal development, English and self-defence training and particularly work with women as the education and job prospects of girls and women are low in India. Two women, Priyal Kishor Ukey and Swati Shamrao Kawle, share how the Aryaloka Computer Education Project made...
Maitreyabandhu discusses his childhood, forbidden love, his path to writing poetry and what Buddhism can learn from poetry (and what poetry can learn from Buddhism) in this wide-ranging interview with Jnanadhara, the chair of the Dublin Buddhist Centre.
He also reads a selection of his poetry - including from a forthcoming book on the painter Paul Cézanne - as part of this special evening held as part of the programme of events during the 2018 Poetry Day Ireland festival.
After reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Carlo Rovelli’s Reality Is Not What It Seems, in this piece written over three nights towards the end of June 2018, Sangharakshita reflects on the connection between science and poetry, and their common language of insight, intuition, inspiration and imagination.
The Middle Way Society is an international group for the study, promotion and practice of the Middle Way. In June, Robert M. Ellis, a member of the Society, interviewed Sangharakshita about the Middle Way for their podcast. The conversation covered much ground: starting with an exploration of the Middle Way in the context of the Buddha’s life, it moves into the areas of right effort, eternalism and nihilism, rebirth, livelihood and more.
The Middle Way ultimately is a matter of practice. One
The Sikkha Project aims to develop an integrated, progressive spiritual training in Triratna at every level of experience from newcomers to the Order, to discover and share how the different elements of our system are taught and practiced most effectively – and to create resources and training to fill any gaps.
Here are a set of conversations from a small, first gathering in 2017 of Dharma teachers in the Triratna Buddhist Community to discuss the project, looking at Dharma training throughout Triratna.