Taste of Freedom: Approaches to the Buddhist Path by Bikshu Sangharakshita

By Bikshu Sangharakshita

The Buddha defined his instructing as having yet one style - the flavor of freedom. This ebook deals an evidence of what he intended, and offers a thorough account of the objective and perform of Buddhism.

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By Bikshu Sangharakshita

The Buddha defined his instructing as having yet one style - the flavor of freedom. This ebook deals an evidence of what he intended, and offers a thorough account of the objective and perform of Buddhism.

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As I entered the shop I also noticed that the whole place was pervaded by a heavy, oppressive atmosphere which I felt I had encountered before – though where and on what occasion eluded me. And then it came to me. Two years earlier I had been in a large department store in an English seaside town, and in the food section, standing around just like waxworks, were a number of elderly women with shopping baskets. They all stood quite motionless gazing fixedly at the food, and they gazed at it with what can only be described as dull, reptilian greed.

Nowadays, unfortunately, in many parts of the Buddhist East, the whole concept and experience of Going for Refuge has been devalued. The absolute bedrock of Buddhism appears as just something that you recite, in a dead language, on festive occasions. It is easy to see how this has come about. After all, if the term Buddhist means anything it means `one who goes for Refuge'; and yet in some parts of the East the whole population considers itself Buddhist, just as until recently the whole population of Britain considered itself Christian.

These are only some of the ways in which it is described. As for the goal, this is described – very provisionally – as Buddhahood, in the sense of Supreme Perfect Enlightenment. This goal can also be conceptualized in various ways. It can be seen as supreme wisdom, or absolute gnosis, or insight into things `as they really are'; as the plenitude of compassion, pouring out on all sentient beings simultaneously; and as infinite spiritual – even transcendental – energy radiating in all directions.

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