Wisdom Beyond Words

The Buddhist Vision of Ultimate Reality

By Bikshu Sangharakshita

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Ever since the Buddha's lifetime, people have been trying to express the ultimate meaning of Buddhism in a form that makes rational sense. This book offers a guide to texts that seem to express the goal and justification for Buddhist practice in a "breath of nonsense, a touch of Lewis Carroll".

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Windhorse Publications

Windhorse Publications is a Buddhist charitable company based in the UK. They seek to produce accessible and relevant books of high quality for all those interested in Buddhism at whatever level. They are the main publisher of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order. They seek to draw on the whole range of the Buddhist tradition, including translations of traditional texts, commentaries, biographies of Buddhists, and works on meditation.

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Ever since the Buddha's lifetime, people have been trying to express the ultimate meaning of Buddhism in a form that makes complete rational sense. The Prajnaparamita or "Perfection of Wisdom" teachings offer a giddying counterbalance to this exercise, and a sophisticated slap in the face to anyone undertaking it. Emerging 2000 years ago as the core-teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, texts such as the Ratnaguna-samcayagatha, the Diamond Sutra and the Heart Sutra were to give new impetus to the ideal of the Bodhisattva, one whose entire energies are dedicated to the attainment of enlightenment for the sake of all beings. They are unique, extraordinary teachings, addressing the practical, everyday concerns of Buddhists, but in a way that can leave the rational mind spinning. Sangharakshita has a rare combination of scholarship, intellectual clarity and insight. As founder of the Western Buddhist Order he is necessarily alive to the immediate concerns of Buddhists practising in the West. This perspective is crucial in a guide to texts that seem to express the goal and justification for Buddhist practice in a "breath of nonsense, a touch of Lewis Carroll".

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Windhorse Publications
Publication Date 29 Aug 2003
SKU 9780904766776-grouped
Number of Pages 304

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