Saddhanandi paints a picture of how radical and different it was to encounter Buddhism in the mid 1960s. She explores a verse of Zen poetry taking her lead from Sangharakshita’s 1965 lectures on the Essence of Zen.
In the full talk entitled The Great Way, Ratnaprabha tells the Zen story of the maiden in the mud, explains the attitude of the Mahayana, the Bodhisattva, altruism and how Mahayana is not a school of Buddhism. He finishes with the grand vision of Vairocana’s tower from the Gandavyuha Sutra.
The Yogachara School of Indian Mahayana Buddhism and its doctrine of ‘Mind-Only’ (Chittamatra) crucially influenced the development of Zen. Here the doctrine is related to subjective and absolute idealism in Western philosophy.