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With 30 days to go until Bhante’s 90th birthday we’re well over halfway to raising the money for the one birthday present he really wants – the publication of his Complete Works, for everyone, forever. (We’ve got 30 days to raise the remaining £45,000! Can you help?)
Meanwhile, we bring you news of his latest book, soon to be published by Windhorse Publications. Kalyanaprabha is Bhante’s editor. She writes:
“Bhante Sangharakshita moved to Moseley, Birmingham in 1997. He was then in his early seventies. He stayed there 16 years. In some ways it was one of the most important periods of his life: he was handing on his responsibilities to senior disciples.
What was it like to be Sangharakshita at this time? What kind of life did he lead? What did he think about? You can find out in his forthcoming book: A Moseley Miscellany, Prose and Verse 1997-2012.
This new collection brings us right into the life and mind of the author - and what scope is there to be discovered: a poem on dementia; a reverie on ‘principled vandalism’; a recollection of ‘a season in hell’. ‘Secular Buddhism’ is the subject of one of the reviews. He also pays a personal tribute to Ayya Khema, and looks back at his own family history. The poetry (plus an ‘Apology’), written in old age, expresses something essential of the Sangharakshita of these years; his themes include the Twin Towers, Merlin, and poems to a new friend.
These are not ‘Buddhist teachings’ in the traditional sense but the output of someone whose whole life has been lived in and for the Dharma. To read them is to be brought into contact with the living stream of Buddhism - and perhaps to come away changed.”
How has your life been changed by Bhante’s life?
Making a donation is one fine way to express to him just how great that change has been.
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