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Islam and the Buddha - New Writing from Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 4 Sep, 2018 - 11:53

Islam and the Buddha - New Writing from Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 4 Sep, 2018 - 11:53

Following on from his previous piece, Buddhism and Islam, Sangharakshita discusses Shah-Kazemi’s Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism, with special reference to an article of his own published sixty or more years ago, Religion as Revelation and Discovery.

This piece is open to all and can be read on Sangharakshita’s website: Islam and the Buddha along with other articles he has written....

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Buddhism and Islam - New Writing from Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 10 Aug, 2018 - 14:43

Buddhism and Islam - New Writing from Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 10 Aug, 2018 - 14:43

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: ...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Making a Statement on Buddhist Violence against Muslims in Burma

By Munisha on Thu, 24 Oct, 2013 - 12:15
The continuing violence by Buddhists against Muslims in Burma has been viewed with dismay by many Buddhists worldwide. Non-Buddhists, familiar with Buddhism’s reputation for non-violence, have found it baffling.

There have been occasional requests to Triratna Buddhist Centres for statements condemning this violence. After considerable deliberation, and with strong encouragement from Triratna’s founder, Sangharakshita, four writers have arrived at a text, signed individually by him and a number of preceptors, east and west. This is not a statement on...
European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Statement on Buddhist Violence against Muslims in Burma

By Munisha on Wed, 23 Oct, 2013 - 16:33

The continuing violence by Buddhists against Muslims in Burma has been viewed with dismay by many Buddhists worldwide. Non-Buddhists, familiar with Buddhism’s reputation for non-violence, have found it baffling.

There have been occasional requests from members of the public for statements from Triratna Buddhist Centres, condemning this violence.

After some considerable deliberation about the purpose and nature of such a statement, and with strong encouragement from Subhuti and our founder Sangharakshita, we have arrived at a...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Religion Without God, Part 3 - Death and the Biggest Questions of All

By Candradasa on Sat, 20 Oct, 2012 - 20:57
In the third talk in our ‘Religion without God’ series, we have some big questions. When you don’t believe in an afterlife, what vision can there be around death and dying? What did the Buddha mean when he taught about karma, re-becoming and rebirth?

Here Candradasa uses Buddhist scripture, vision literature, and poetry to tease out a sense of the Buddha’s awesome vision of what life is, and how that might affect our ideas of what happens after death...
Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Religion Without God, Part 2: Sex and Morality - Going Beyond Puritanism

By Candradasa on Fri, 12 Oct, 2012 - 22:09
In the second talk in his ‘Religion Without God’ series, Candradasa considers the origins of negative views of the body and its desires in relation to spiritual life, as seen through the prism of Puritanism and its influences.

Tracking the Platonic ideal through St. Augustine we get a sense of the conditioning we seek to move away from as Buddhists while still wrestling with the key questions posed by our own experience of the connection between desire and suffering.
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Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Religion Without God, Part 1 - A Radical Community of Values

By Candradasa on Thu, 4 Oct, 2012 - 20:31
The first talk in ‘Religion without God’, a four-part series looking at how you can have a full spiritual life as a 21st Century person without recourse to blind faith or setting yourself against the rational world we find ourselves in. The Buddha faced some of the same dilemmas as us in India in 500 BCE, and we face some new challenges with 2500 years of culture and experience in between his time and our own.

In this...