These letters are the product of a friendship between Dinoo Dubash, who established one of the first Montessori schools in India, and Sangharakshita, founder of the international Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. Brought together for the first time in this volume, Sangharakshita’s letters cover a wide range of subjects: from an exploration of samatha and vipassana meditation, to an account of his experiences when addressing the hundreds of thousands of followers of Dr Ambedkar immediately after their great leader’s demise. Art, travel, and books are topics that recur, and we hear of mutual friends and teachers such as Dr Dinshaw Mehta of the Society of Servants of God, the Dalai Lama, and Bhikshu Jagdish Kashyap, Sangharakshita’s first Buddhist teacher. Above all this book tells something about friendship, for to read these letters is to find oneself listening in to a private conversation and catching a glimpse of a rather unusual relationship.
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