One of Sangharakshita’s outstanding contributions to Buddhism has been to survey the whole range of Buddhist schools, each with its own approach, own language and so on, and to distil out what is most fundamental. You are a Buddhist because – and only because – you Go for Refuge to the Three Jewels. But how did this become clear to him and what in any case does it actually mean practically to go for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha? The nine texts in this volume, composed over a period of more than thirty years, show Sangharakshita’s unfolding insight into the meaning, significance and centrality of Going for Refuge.
This volume includes the following texts:
- The Three Jewels
- The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism
- Going for Refuge
- The Ten Pillars of Buddhism
- The History of My Going for Refuge
- My Relation to the Order
- Extending the Hand of Fellowship
- Forty-three Years Ago
- Was the Buddha a Bhikkhu?
In this video, Abhayavajra talks about the effect that one of the texts in this volume, The Three Jewels, had on him.