Essential Sangharakshita is the culmination of over fifty years of one man's study, practice, and personal experience of Buddhism.
The Founder of the FWBO (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order), a new Buddhist movement for the modern West, Sangharakshita is the author of over fifty books. Born Dennis Lingwood in South London in 1925 he developed an interest in the cultures and philosophies of the East. Aged 16, after reading the Diamond Sutra, he had a distinct realization that he was a Buddhist. The Second World War took him to Sri Lanka as a signals operator, and after the war he stayed on in India as a wandering mendicant. He lived for 14 years in the Himalayan town of Kalimpong, encountering the newly exiled Tibetan Lamas. He returned to the UK where he founded the FWBO and has also played a key part in trying to revive Buddhism in India, particularly through his work with the followers of Dr.Ambedkar (the social reformer and leader of the "Untouchables" outcastes). Around one third of the Order is in India, where the movement is called Trailokya Bauddha Mahasangha Sahayak Gana, or TBMSG.
This volume is a primer to the breath and depth of Buddhist practice.