Comparative Religion

Buddhism for Today - and Tomorrow by Sangharakshita

By Sangharakshita

Sangharakshita strongly believes that the Buddha's basic teachings are suitable to fashionable Western women and men. during this booklet he describes a few particular tools of non-public improvement, an intensive blueprint for a brand new society, and the Buddha's imaginative and prescient of human life.

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Since the single purpose of all these activities is to help people in their personal development, they are variously designed to serve the spiritual needs of all who care to come along. The various FWBOs represent, therefore, the means through which Order members offer their services, offer themselves, to society at large. Each FWBO is an autonomous registered charity (depending, that is, on the legal situation that obtains in any particular country). But the Order itself is a purely spiritual body.

They may not be wearing yellow robes, but in certain important respects they live like monks. The fact that such monks depend not on the general public but on the movement suggests that the FWBO is itself a society, a society within the larger society, a small world within the greater world. Whether or not it is the case that we all have to work, it is certainly the case that we all have to live somewhere. Of course, the most usual living situation has always been, and continues to be, the family – although what this means in Western society today is very different from what it used to mean.

Other considerations also led me to this conclusion. As I have mentioned, the Buddhist movement in England at that time was barely alive. There were Buddhist societies and people who were interested in Buddhism, but only a few people were actually practising Buddhism. For example, most English Buddhists were not vegetarians, and few practised Right Livelihood or even thought of doing so. English Buddhists in those days lived the same kind of life – usually quite a middle-class life – as everybody else.

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