Author: SangharakshitaPublisher: New Age BooksYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 253ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178222707
What is the meaning of life? How can we be truly happy? These questions are no less pressing for having been asked so many times. In Buddhism, the answer is to be found in the Dharma - a traditional term which means both 'the Truth' and 'the Path'. Guided by a lifetime's experience of Buddhist practice, Sangharakshita tackles the question: 'What is the Dharma?' from many different angles. The result is a basic starter kit of teachings and practices, which emphasizes the fundamentally practical nature of Buddhism. In turn refreshing, unsettling, and inspiring, this book lays before us the essential Dharma, timeless and universal: the Truth that addresses the deepest questions of our hearts and minds and the Path that shows us how we can renew our lives.
Editor’s PrefaceIntroduction: what is the Dharma?PART 1: THE TRUTH1. The Essential Truth2. The Dynamics of Being3. The texture of Reality4. Nirvana5. The Mystery of the voidPART 2: THE PATH6. The Gravitational Pull and the Point of No Return 7. The Spiral Path8. The Journey to Enlightenment9. The Pattern of Buddhist Life and work10. The Threefold Path: Ethics11. The Threefold Path: Meditation12. The Threefold Path: wisdom13. The Cosmic significance of the bodhisattva IdealNotes and ReferencesFurther ReadingIndex