No matter how enticing the Buddhist path may seem, the modern Westerner will surely hesitate before setting foot upon it. So many schools have evolved over the centuries, so much literature has emerged, and so many people have left their mark on the tradition, that it can be hard even to know what Buddhism actually is. Which teachings really matter? How does one begin to practice Buddhism in a systematic way? This is confusing territory. Without a guide one can easily get dispirited or lost.
In this highly readable anthology a leading Western Buddhist sorts out fact from myth, essence from cultural accident, to reveal the fundamental ideals and teachings of Buddhism. The result is a reliable map of the Buddhist path that anyone can follow. It is just the guide we need.
Sangharakshita is an ideal companion on the path. He is intimately familiar with the various strands of the Buddhist tradition and profoundly experienced in Buddhist practice. As founder of a major Western Buddhist movement he has helped thousands of people to make an effective contact with the richness and beauty of the Buddha’s teachings.
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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.