Lectures by Sangharakshita

More than 100 lectures by Sangharakshita spanning 40 years are available from Free Buddhist Audio

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Here's a selction of some of Sangharakshita's more important lectures

Mind: Reactive and Creative (1967)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

In this brilliant and accessible approach to the essence of Buddhism, Sangharakshita shows that Buddhism starts with the mind. Mind can be reactive, symbolised by the Tibetan Wheel of Life, or creative, as when one follows the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, described here in detail.

The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path (1968)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

'The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path' is, deservedly, one of Sangharakshita’s most popular and enduring lecture series. Each talk covers a separate ‘limb’ of the Path, drawing out its practical significance for everyday life. The series became the basis for the succesful book 'Vision and Transformation'.

Aspects of the Higher Evolution of the Individual (1970)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

'Aspects of the Higher Evolution of the Individual' follows on from Sangharakshita's previous series, and here he focuses here on the spiritual development of the individual human being, paying special attention to particular existential problems and misunderstandings that can arise in the course of our efforts to ‘evolve’.

Buddhism for Today and Tomorrow (1976)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

In 'Buddhism for Today and Tomorrow', we hear that one of Sangharakshita’s main concerns in founding the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order was to revive the fundamental teachings of the Buddha, making them relevant to modern Western life. In doing so, he envisaged the the FWBO as having four clear things to offer. This series explores them - and though it is no longer fully reflective of the culture or breadth of the FWBO, it ishould still be of great interest to any student of efforts to bring Buddhism to the West.

The Taste of Freedom (1979)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

Just as the mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, even so the Dharma-vinaya (Buddhism) has but one taste, the taste of Freedom. (from 'The Udana'). This brilliant and rousing tour-de-force on transcendental freedom is one of Sangharakshita's best-loved lectures.

Buddhist Dawn in the West (1986)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

Sangharakshita outlines what led him to found the FWBO, and the reasons for the form ordination takes in the WBO. Then he discusses three recent developments: new facilities for women, ordinations conducted by senior Order Members, and a new Buddhist magazine.

The Five Pillars of the FWBO (1991)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

In what has been described as a landmark talk, Sangharakshita evokes the five fundamental things that lie at the heart of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order: Ideas, Practices, Institutions, Experiment, and Imagination.

Fields of Creativity (2001)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

A sparkling talk by Sangharakshita on a theme close to his heart. Full of warmth, wit and stimulating ideas.

Looking Back - And Forward (2007)

Mind: Reactive and Creative

In this new talk, Sangharakshita helps celebrate the 40th anniversary of the FWBO (as well as the 60th anniversary of his own 'Going Forth'). With characteristic clarity and conviction, he shares his reflections on the history of the Movement and Order he founded, as well as some pertinent thoughts on the future. If you've never heard him before - and just to put this in context - the first talk we have in our archive by Sangharakshita was given in 1965! And here we are, 40+ years on and still going strong... Amazing!