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Bodhisattva Ideal, The

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To consider the Bodhisattva ideal is to place one's hand on the very heart of Buddhism, and feel the beating of the heart.

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How can we live an ideal life in the real world? How can we be happy and at the same time responsive to the suffering of others? It can be done; this is the message of the Bodhisattva ideal.

The Bodhisattva's life exemplifies the resolution of the conflict between our own desires and the needs of others. Sustained by a deep understanding gained through meditation and reflection, the Bodhisattva works tirelessly for the benefit of all. The development of inner calm and positivity that leads to true wisdom is balanced by a genuine and active concern for others which flowers into great compassion.

Sangharakshita places the ideal of the Bodhisattva, one of the sublimest spiritual ideals mankind has ever seen, within the context of the entire Buddhist tradition. Unfolding this vision of our potential, he demonstrates how we ourselves can faithfully engage with that vision and make our lives worthwhile.


Sangharakshita (Dennis Lingwood) spent twenty-five years in India studying with teachers from each of the three major Buddhist traditions during which time he founded a nonsectarian Buddhist center. He was closely involved in India's Dharma Revolution of the fifties. This peaceful revolution, begun by Dr. Ambedkar, consisted of hundreds of thousands of former Untouchable Hindus embracing Buddhism.

On returning to England in the sixties, Sangharakshita founded the FWBO (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) and the WBO. His aim was to help Buddhism take firm root in the West in a form unburdened by the cultural accretions of any particular nationality or tradition. It is a translation of the universal principles of Buddhism for modern, secularized societies.

Author Sangharakshita
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 245 pp.
Publisher Windhorse Publications 2004
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