This is the story of a circle of friends dreaming a dream, and working to make it a reality. It's a record of idealism and naivety, growth and growing pains, friendship and fall-out. It's a celebration of how so much was achieved in so short a time, and a reflection on the mistakes made, and lessons learnt. The Triratna Story charts the growth of a Western Buddhist movement founded in the late Sixties as the 'Friends of the Western Buddhist Order' (FWBO) and recently renamed Triratna Buddhist Community. From its inception in London, to its development worldwide, The Triratna Story takes you behind the scenes of a unique modern Buddhist community.
Author : Vajragupta Staunton
ISBN : 1911407236
Genre : Religion
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In our fast moving world many of us feel our time is wound tight, our lives constantly hassled and hectic. 'Fast-forward' seems to be the collective default setting. So often we can be over busy and over stimulated, and this can send stress levels higher and higher. In Free Time!, Vajragupta Staunton shows us that investigating our experience of time, and considering our relationship with it, can be deeply and powerfully transformative. Noticing the feel and texture of our time can help us see more clearly, and understand more profoundly, the anxiety and restlessness that so often dominates our minds. We and time are intimately intertwined. It is not something we are in; it is something that we are. That means we have a choice about our experience of time: what we do with our minds and our hearts, with our thoughts and emotions, will condition the quality of the time we live in. Vajragupta Staunton explores time from a number of different angles, in order to see how we can have a more healthy and human relationship with it. He looks at our actual day-to-day experience of time and applies a variety of Buddhist ideas and teachings in order to understand what time really is. He also offers practical ways of helping us live in a way that is relaxed and open, in a way that is not oppressive and restrictive, but free and flowing.
"I had not met or interacted with a human being for weeks. I had just spent the night alone on a cloud-shrouded mountain. And now a fox and I looked intently at each other." What is it like to be completely alone, attempting to face your experience with only nature for company? Buddhist teacher and author, Vajragupta, has been doing just that every year for twenty-five years. Here he recounts how these "solitary retreats" have changed him, how he fell in love with the places he stayed in and the creatures there.
The act of committing one's life to Buddhism and its three central tenets, the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha is known as many traditions as 'going for refuge'. Tracing his own path of discovery, Sangharakshita shows the importance of commitment to these three spiritual ideals and how this commitment provides a basis of unity among all Buddhists. In so doing he also tells the story of the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Community, an international Buddhist movement. Featuring a new additional foreword by Maitreyi, The History of My Going for Refuge makes essential reading for anyone interested in the history and development of Buddhism in the West.
Sangharakshita introduces us to the wonderful world of three of the best-loved Mahayana sutras. "Once upon a time there was a rich old man who lived in a vast mansion . . ." Aware that whatever our age, we never lose our responsiveness to story, myth, and drama, the Buddha often told stories and parables, and in the Mahayana phase of the development of Buddhism, the stories became ever more mythical and magical. In this volume, Sangharakshita introduces us to the strange and wonderful worlds of three of the best-loved Mahayana sutras. Thanks to Sangharakshita's imaginative and creative approach to these sutras, their gems, mythical or even magical though their origins may be, turn out to be exchangeable for hard currency--the practical business of how we are to live our lives in the everyday world. From the transcendental critique of religion and the means of unification offered by theVimalakirti-nirdesa to the light shed on economics, ecology, and politics by theSutra of Golden Light, and the vision of life as a journey offered by theWhite Lotus Sutra, these commentaries offer a unique and transformative perspective on the value of human existence. 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.