In this approachable handbook, Sangharakshita guides the reader through the complex tradition of Buddhism. In part one he tackles the theory of the religion in sections devoted to the Buddha, his teachings, and the spiritual community, while in part two he discusses the practicalities of trying to lead a Buddhist life. For those wishing to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism, this is a complete map of the Buddhist path.
Sangharakshita is the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community. He has a lifetime of teaching experience and is the author of over forty books.
•Who is the Buddha?
•Archetypal Symbolism in the Biography of the Buddha
•The Symbolism of the Five Buddhas, 'Male' and 'Female'
•The Five Wisdoms THE DHARMA
•The Word of the Buddha
•Wrong View, Right View, Perfect View
•The Wheel of Life and the Spiral Path
•The Six Realms
•The Twelve Links
•Stopping the Wheel
•The Spiral Path
•The Traditional Significance of the Sangha
•The Primacy of Going for Refuge
•What Members of the Spiritual Community Do
•Unfailing Mutual Kindness
•The Criterion of Ethics
•The Five Precepts
•The Principle of Non-Violence
•The Principle of Non-Exploitation
•Levels of Communication
•A System of Meditation
•The Five Basic Methods of Meditation
•Alienated Awareness and Integrated Awareness
•The Four Brahma-Viharas
•The Symbolism of the Five Elements in the Stupa
•The Stupa Visualisation Practice
•The Three Characteristics of Existence
•How the Bodhicitta Arises
•Enlightenment, Eternity, and Time
•The 'Goal' of Nirvana