Sangharakshita (1925–2018) was the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community and continues to be our principal teacher and guide. The Complete Works of Sangharakshita includes all his previously published work, as well as talks, seminars and writings published for the first time. This collection of twenty-seven volumes represents the definitive edition of his life’s work.
Launched in October 2016, The Complete Works is being published not in strict volume order, but in groups of three volumes ranging over each of the six ‘baskets’ that the collection is divided into: Foundation, India, The West, Commentary, Memoirs, and Poetry and the Arts.
So far twelve volumes have been released. One of the latest, volume 13, Eastern and Western Traditions, covers Sangharakshita’s approach to communicating Buddhism in the West from two very different, but equally illuminating, angles. In the first part, in talks given in the early years of his teaching in England, he introduces the apparently exotic worlds of Tibetan Buddhism (1965) and its creative symbols (1972) and Zen Buddhism (1965), clarifying their mysteries while also somehow allowing them to work their magic. In the second part, by contrast, he examines the practice of Buddhism in the context of Western culture. This volume includes these texts: Tibetan Buddhism: An Introduction. Creative Symbols of Tantric Buddhism, The Essence of Zen, The FWBO and ‘Protestant Buddhism’ and From Genesis to The Diamond Sutra.
Individual volumes of the Complete Works of Sangharakshita are available from the bookshop at the Buddhist Centre. Or you may prefer to subscribe to the whole series.