With a literary career spanning over 60 years, Sangharakshita is a prolific writer, and author of over 60 books on Buddhism. His best-known book is A Survey of Buddhism, originally published in 1957 and now in its ninth edition. In this work, Sangharakshita surveys the entire field of Buddhist thought and practice, with the aim of presenting Buddhism ‘in its full breath and in its ultimate depth’. Sangharakshita’s other works, including commentaries on key Buddhist texts, books on Buddhist meditation, ritual, ethics, psychology and art, make him one of the most respected and influential writers on Buddhism of his generation.
On the occasion of his 90th birthday, we are publishing significant excerpts from a number of his most popular works. Published in 1990, A Guide to the Buddhist Path, Sangharakshita sorts out myth and theory from practice to reveal the principal ideals and teachings of Buddhism. The Yogi’s Joy (2006) explores some of the songs of the much-loved Tibetan yogi and poet Milarepa, showing us how their lessons are relevant to us today. Living Ethically (2009) and Living Wisely (2013) draw out themes from Nagarjuna’s famous scripture, Precious Garland of Advice for a King, showing us that learning to live wisely and ethically is ultimately the most satisfying of all human endeavours. Finally, The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation (2012) is a 736-page compilation of Sangharakshita’s teachings on meditation, exploring such questions as how to deal with fear or distraction, doubt, drowsiness or desire.
We hope that in reading these excerpts you will meet Sangharakshita’s great mind and benefit from his clear, profound teaching.
Happy 90th Birthday Sangharakshita!
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