Sangharakshita was born Dennis Lingwood in South London, in 1925. Largely self-educated, he developed an interest in the cultures and philosophies of the East early on, and realized that he was a Buddhist at the age of sixteen.
The Second World War took him, as a conscript, to India, where he stayed on to become the Buddhist monk Sangharakshita. After studying for some years under leading teachers from the major Buddhist traditions, he went on to teach and write extensively. He also played a key part in the revival of Buddhism in India, particularly through his work among followers of Dr B.R. Ambedkar.
After twenty years in the East, he returned to England to establish the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order in 1967, and the Western Buddhist Order in 1968 (now known as the Triratna Buddhist Community and the Triratna Buddhist Order respectively).
Sangharakshita has always particularly emphasized the decisive significance of commitment in the spiritual life, the paramount value of spiritual friendship and community, the link between religion and art, and the need for a ‘new society’ supportive of spiritual aspirations and ideas. For more, go to www.sangharakshita.org.
Most of Sangharakshita’s current works are published by Windhorse Publications and are available to purchase as below.
Spanish-language editions of many of Sangharakshita’s books can be found at Dharmamegha (libros budistas en español).
A series of talks by Sangharakshita can be found here: ‘Launch of The Essential Sangharakshita and Living Ethically’.
The Complete Works of Sangharakshita
Windhorse Publications is publishing the definitive edition of Sangharakshita’s work as a Buddhist writer and teacher in a collection of 27 volumes.
Find out more about The Complete Works of Sangharakshita.
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Dhammapada: The Way of Truth
The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path
Living with Kindness: The Buddha’s Teaching on Mettā
What is the Sangha? The Nature of Spiritual Community
A Guide to the Buddhist Path
The Complete Works of Sangharakshita Volume 1: A Survey of Buddhism / The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path
Living with Awareness: A Guide to the Satipatthana Sutta
The Ten Pillars of Buddhism: Sangharakshita Classics
The Complete Works of Sangharakshita Volume 3: The Three Jewels II
What is the Dharma? The Essential Teachings of the Buddha
The Complete Works of Sangharakshita Volume 16: Mahayana Myths and Stories
Know Your Mind: The Psychological Dimension of Ethics in Buddhism