What is the Dharma?: The Essential Teachings of the Buddha

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Windhorse Publications, 1998 - Philosophy - 253 pages
To walk in the footsteps of the Buddha we need a clear and thorough guide to the essential principles of Buddhism. Whether we have just begun our journey or are a practitioner with more experience, What is the Dharma? is an indispensable exploration of the Buddha's teachings as found in the main Buddhist traditions. Constantly returning to the question 'How can this help me?' Sangharakshita examines a variety of fundamental principles, including: karma and re-birth, nirvana and shunyata, conditioned co-production, impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and insubstantiality, ethics, meditation, and wisdom. The result is a refreshing, unsettling, and inspiring book that lays before us the essential Dharma, timeless and universal.

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Contents

Editors Preface
1
What is the Dharma?
5
The Truth
19
The Essential Truth
21
The Dynamics of Being
35
The Texture of Reality
53
Nirvana
69
The Mystery of the Void
77
The Journey to Enlightenment
127
The Pattern of Buddhist Life and Work
143
The Threefold Way Ethics
163
The Threefold Way Meditation
181
The Threefold Way Wisdom
201
The Cosmic Significance of the Bodhisattva Ideal
211
Notes and References
233
Further Reading
243

The Path
87
The Gravitational Pull and the Point of No Return
89
The Spiral Path
105

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About the author (1998)

A respected translator and author of over fifty books, Sangharakshita began studying BUddhism at the age of 16. After 20 years studying in India he returned to England and set up the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order which has over 65 centres worldwide, including the USA.

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