A Western Buddhist’s Encounters with Christianity

by Sangharakshita

I wanted to share my experience, and my reflections on my experience, with those Western Buddhists who, like me, grew up within a Christian culture.

From Genesis to the Diamond Sutra offers one Western Buddhist’s experience of Christianity and Christians. Through memoir and reflection Sangharakshita reviews his encounters with Christianity and the impact on him of its beliefs, culture, and people.

Sharing his appreciation of what is great in Christian art, literature, and music, Sangharakshita sets against this what he sees as an iron framework of dogma that has in various ways restricted intellectual and spiritual life.

The author, Sangharakshita, was born in England and spent twenty years in India as a Buddhist monk before returning to England in the 1960s.

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Windhorse Publications
ISBN: 1899579729
List Price: $17.95
Amazon Price: $12.21

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Believe nothing merely because you have been told it… Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings – that doctrine believe and cling to and take it as your guide.
The Buddha

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