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A new book by Sangharakshita
Anagarika Dharmapala: a Biographical Sketch & Other ‘Maha Bodhi’ Writings
This new book by Sangharakshita was launched at the European Order Weekend held at Wymondham College, Norfolk, UK in July. Kalyanaprabha, who edited the book, gave a warm and inspiring introduction, which you can watch.
Launch copies sold out were sold out within two hours, but you can buy your copy online. Copies at the discounted price of £6 plus p&p will be delivered to your door wherever anywhere in the world.
Anagarika Dharmapala is one of the great Buddhists of modern times. Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) by birth, he was the first to ‘girdle the globe with the Master’s Message’ visiting Japan, Burma, America, Canada, England, France, Italy and Germany. In India he founded the Maha Bodhi Society and so began the revival of Buddhism in the land of its birth. He fought long and hard for the restoration of Bodh Gaya. He was both activist and yogi, deeply committed to spiritual life, and to individual and social change. When Sangharakshita wrote the Sketch in Calcutta in 1952 he spent several weeks immersed in Dharmapala’s diaries. His writing conveys the life and character of Dharmapala with exceptional intensity and vividness.
The book includes not only the ‘Biographical Sketch’ of the title but also a short article about Dharmapala’s Hawaiian benefactress, Mrs. Mary E. Foster; as well as sixty-five ‘Immortal Sayings’ of the great Dharma worker collected by Sangharakshita.
Readers of Facing Mount Kanchenjunga will be delighted to know that there is a section in the book dedicated to the writings of ‘Himavantavasi’, the mysterious dweller in the land of snows (aka Sangharakshita) who wrote with characteristic wit, clarity, appreciation and challenge on such diverse topics as, ‘Buddhism and Astrology’, ‘The Demoniacal in Spain’, ‘The Cult of Death’ and ‘Buddhist Tolerance in Burma’, among many others.
Fifteen book reviews originally published in the Maha Bodhi Journal complete the volume, including reviews of such familiar titles as Dr Conze’s translations of the Prajnaparamita literature and Lama Govinda’s Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism as well as one intriguingly entitled ‘The Buddhist Jataka Tales and the Russian Novel’.
This most recent offering from Sangharakshita has something for Buddhists everywhere: to inspire, inform, uplift, challenge, clarify and make you chuckle. Order it now!