Getting to know Bhante & his thought

… a chance to encounter Sangharakshita through the Complete Works

open to Order members and mitras

Sun 20 Oct with Dhivan and Prajnamati:

This will explore Volume 22 (In the Sign of the Golden Wheel & Precious Teachers)   Here we meet Bhante living in Kalimpong and having his first encounters with (and receiving initiations from) many of his main teachers.  He’s also editing the Maha Bodhi society journal, writing his master work A Survey of Buddhism and travelling round India with other ’eminent Buddhists from the border regions’ to celebrate the Buddha Jayanti (2500th anniversary of the Buddha’s birth).

Sun 24 Nov with Dhivan and Satyalila:

This session will explore Volume 2 (The Three Jewels I) which brings together all Bhante’s main writings about the centrality of Going for Refuge and his thinking that led to the realisation that this was the defining characteristic which unites all Buddhists.   It’s vital stuff for those who seek to understand and practise the Dharma in the Triratna context…

     2.30 – 5pm

Dhivan is a Buddhist scholar and also a poet who has an appreciation of Bhante’s emphasis on the arts as a vital aspect of spiritual practice. Satyalila is part of the team producing Sangharakshita’s Complete Works. Her life has been inspired and guided by Bhante’s presentation of the Dharma for almost 25 years and she’s keen to help others appreciate Bhante’s ‘radically traditional’ approach to Buddhist practice. Listen to them here

The sessions will include an overview of each volume by Dhivan and Prajnamati or Satyalila and a close look at a few selected passages. It’s not necessary to own the volumes or have read the material prior to the session – though we hope you’ll be inspired to explore further!

You can buy individual volumes in the bookshop or from windhorse publications (they are also available as ebooks) or subscribe to the whole series and help to fund this great project.

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