Sangharakshita's Crossing the Stream: Reflections on the Buddhist Spiritual PDF

By Sangharakshita

ISBN-10: 0904766780

ISBN-13: 9780904766783

Quickly after taking ordination as a Buddhist monk, the English writer of this publication moved to the city of Kalimpong, at the fringe of the Himalayas. He used to be to stay there for 14 years - reflecting, writing and enhancing Buddhist journals, befriending a couple of uncommon Tibetan lamas as they fled around the close by border, and constructing the world's first "inter-denominational" Buddhist centre. The 32 essays within the ebook come from that interval, and show a guy profoundly devoted to the "inner life", who's no longer afraid to problem orthodox attitudes and interpretations in his pursuit of the sensible essence of Buddhism.

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But since everything in the universe not only interpenetrates, but also is interpenetrated by, every other thing, the will not only acts upon and modifies thought, emotion, and action, but is at the same time acted upon and modified by each of them. So that although the secret of spiritual practice does indeed reside in the transformation or redirection of the will from self-affirmation to selfnegation, this transformation or redirection may be effected indirectly by transforming or redirecting its cognitive, emotional, and active instruments.

The academic approach to Buddhism is not simply neutral with regard to the possibility of Enlightenment, despite all its protestations of objectivity and impartiality, but in fact definitely hostile to it, since what it really endeavours to do is to judge the Wisdom of the Buddha in accordance with the perverted standards of its own unillumined and deluded mentality, thereby seeking to subordinate Knowledge to ignorance, and striving to drag Egolessness down to the level of egoism. We are not to shape Buddhism in accordance with our understanding of it, but to mould our understanding in accordance with Buddhism.

Similarly, the selfless affection which we feel for an ordinary friend is symbolical of the devotion with which we regard the Good Friend of humanity, the Buddha; for just as it is out of affection for our friend that we do his will rather than our own, so it is out of devotion to the Buddha that we give up our ignorant and egoistic will in order to conform ourselves to His enlightened and selfless will as expressed in the Dharma which He taught. Friendship is thus of the profoundest possible significance.

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