“A spiritual community is not a group. It is a free association of individuals”

“A spiritual community is not a group. It is a free association of individuals”

This quote from Sangharakshita’s What is the Sangha? expresses its central message. But what does it mean to be an individual? And how are we to sustain, indeed develop, our individuality, and at the same time live in cooperation and harmony with others? Here I explore these questions, with Sangharakshita as our guide. Sangharakshita begins … [ Read More ]

What is the Sangha?

What is the Sangha?

‘What is the Sangha?’ This is the question that we’re asking ourselves here at Windhorse Publications for the last few months of the year. We’re going to be discussing the question in relation to some of our books, and ask our authors for their insights and views. We’d like to know what you, our readers, … [ Read More ]

Do you know what your mind is?

“If I try and step back from it all, there’s an underlying sense of an inside and an outside. There is me in here receiving all these impressions – even the thoughts and images seem somehow to be coming into my awareness. But is it real, that sense of me inside, peering out? It’s as … [ Read More ]

‘Karma, Interdependence, and Blame’ – an article by Nagapriya, author of ‘Exploring Karma and Rebirth’

‘Karma, Interdependence, and Blame’ – an article by Nagapriya, author of ‘Exploring Karma and Rebirth’

When speaking of Karma, we generally emphasise individual agency and personal responsibility or accountability; that is to say, we see ourselves as autonomous ethical agents who bear individual responsibility for our actions. We do it, we are to praise or blame, and so we reap the consequences. We see ourselves as capable of making personal … [ Read More ]