An in-depth exposition of the defining facets of the Buddhist life: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
For Buddhists everywhere, the Three Jewelsthe Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sanghaare at the heart of daily life and practice. But how can we engage with these precious ideals in a way that makes a difference to how we live? In this, the companion volume to The Three Jewels I, in which the nature of Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels is explored, are gathered three much-loved books: Who is the Buddha?, What is the Dharma?, and What is the Sangha?
In this volume, Sangharakshita tackles a great range of subjects, offering original and imaginative perspectives on all the topics one might expect an introduction to Buddhism to coverkarma and rebirth, Nirvana and the spiral path, and the nature of Buddhahood itself, as well as clear and pragmatic guidance on matters of personal concern, such as individuality, fidelity, gratitude, parenthood, and seeking a spiritual teacher. The teachings are underpinned by many references to the Pali canon and other sources, to provide an authentic guide to the Dharma life in all its aspects, and much encouragement and inspiration to live that life to the fullest.
Sangharakshita is the founder and principal teacher of Triratna, a worldwide Buddhist movement. With teaching experience spanning sixty years, he is the author of over forty books.
Who is the Buddha?
1 The Evolution of a Buddha 3
2 The Way to Enlightenment 18
3 The Hidden Teachings of the Buddha’s Early Life 34
4 The Heroic Ideal in Buddhism 44
5 From Hero-Worship to the Worshipping Buddha 57
6 The Word of the Buddha 72
7 Karma and Rebirth 92
8 The ‘Death’ of the Buddha 116
9 Who is the Buddha? 139
What is the Dharma?
Part i: The Truth
1 The Essential Truth 173
2 The Dynamics of Being 187
3 The Texture of Reality 205
4 Nirva?a 222
5 The Mystery of the Void 230
Part ii: The Path
6 The Gravitational Pull and the Point of No Return 241
7 The Spiral Path 258
8 The Journey to Enlightenment 280
9 The Pattern of Buddhist Life and Work 296
10 The Threefold Path: Ethics 315
11 The Threefold Path: Meditation 333
12 The Threefold Path: Wisdom 354
13 The Cosmic Significance of the Bodhisattva Ideal 363
What is the Sangha?
Part i: The Group and the Spiritual Community
1 The Sangha Jewel 393
2 The Traditional Sangha 403
3 Individuality: The Essence of Sangha 416
4 The History of the Spiritual Community 423
5 The Group and the Spiritual Community 434
6 Authority 445
7 The Positive Group and the New Society 452
8 The Path of Dissatisfaction 459
Part ii: The True Individual
9 The Evolution of the Individual 475
10 The Integrated Individual 486
11 Overcoming the Self 493
12 The Artist as the True Individual 505
Part iii: The Network of Personal Relationships
13 Being a Buddhist Parent 531
14 Is a Guru Necessary? 545
15 Fidelity 563
16 The Meaning of Friendship 573
17 Buddhism and Business Relationships 581
18 Non-exploitation 589
19 Gratitude 595
Can the Spiritual Community Save the World?
20 A Buddhist View of Current World Problems 613
21 Buddhism and Western Society 620
A Guide to The Complete Works of Sangharakshita 713
I have always looked to Sangharakshita’s books for inspiration and ideas on how to better translate the principles and practices of Buddhism for Western audiences and practitioners today.’ Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
‘I have always looked to Sangharakshita’s books for inspiration and ideas on how to better translate the principles and practices of Buddhism for Western audiences and practitioners today.’ – Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within