Resources

What Is The Order?

Required reading:

The main material we will be studying on this retreat is the handbook entitled What is the Order? produced by Tiratanaloka - there is a link to the file below.  Please ensure you read this before the retreat and come prepared with questions and areas for discussion for your study group, as this will help you and others get the most from the retreat.  Please bring the handbook with you.

Background reading: Sangharakshita: The History of my Going for Refuge (link to PDF below)
Background reading: Sangharakshita: Forty Three Years Ago (link to PDF below)
Background reading: Mosananda: Ordination (Windhorse Publications, link below)

The Transcendental Principle

Required reading:

Please read and take notes on Chapter 1 of A Survey of Buddhism by Sangarakshita.  You will need to bring the text with you. At present, this text is in print as part of Volume 1 of Sangharakshita's Complete Works.   If you have problems getting hold of the text please let us know as soon as possible.

 

Background reading:

Sangharakshita: What Is The Dharma?

Subhuti: Revering and Relying on the Dharma (link to PDF below)

 

Transcendental Principle 2 retreat:

Subhuti's paper Revering and Relying upon the Dharma (link below) is required reading for this retreat

The Six Guidelines

Required reading:

The main material we will be studying on this retreat is the handbook entitled The Six Guidelines produced by Tiratanaloka - there is a link to this below.  Please ensure you read this material before the retreat and come prepared with questions and areas for discussion for your study group, as this will help you and others get the most from the retreat.  Please bring a paper copy of the handbook with you.

Background reading - Subhuti: Revering and Relying upon the Dharma (link below)

The Nature of Existence

Required reading:

The main text for this retreat is Chapter 11 The Nature of Existence in Sangharakshita's The Three Jewels.  This can also be found in The Complete Works of Sangharakshita Vol 2.  You will find it helpful to look at the preceding chapters too.  We highly recommend you have a look at the seminar on this material - see link below.

The Bodhisattva Path

Required reading:

The main material we will be studying on this retreat is the handbook entitled The Bodhisattva Path produced by Tiratanaloka - there is a link to this below.  Please ensure you read this material before the retreat and come prepared with questions and areas for discussion for your study group, as this will help you and others get the most from the retreat.  Please bring the handbook with you.

Background reading - Sangharakshita; The Bodhisattva Ideal (Windhorse Publications) or you can listen to this material as talks on Free Buddhist Audio (link below)
Background reading - Subhuti: A Supra-Personal Force (only if time - link below)

Going for Refuge

Required reading:

The main material we will be studying on this retreat is the handbook entitled Going for Refuge produced by Tiratanaloka - there is a link to this below.  Please ensure you read this material before the retreat and come prepared with questions and areas for discussion for your study group, as this will help you and others get the most from the retreat.  Please bring the handbook with you.

 

Background reading - Sangharakshita: The History of my Going for Refuge (link to PDF below)
Background study - Sangharakshita: Dimensions of Going for Refuge (talk on Free Buddhist Audio, link below)
Background reading - Subhuti: Initiation into a New Life (link to PDF below)

Ethics to Insight

Required reading:

Please read, make notes, and bring with you Sangharakshita’s The Ten Pillars of Buddhism.  This is available as an e-book from Windhorse Publications (link below) or in printed form from various online book sellers.

This material is also available as a talk from Sangharakshita on Free Buddhist Audio - link below.

It will also be very helpful to look at Sangharakshita's Know Your Mind, in particular the following parts:

Introduction,  Chapter 7 – The Creative Mind at Work: Introduction & the following sections:  2 (Self-respect – hri),  3 (Respect for wise opinion – apatrapya),  4 (Non-attachment – alobha),  5 (Non-hatred – advesa),  11 (Non-violence – avihimsa).

Ethics 2 retreat:

Please also read  Know Your Mind Chapter 8 (Forces of Disintegration), Living Ethically Chapter 5 (The Ethics of Views) and Subhuti's paper Revering and Relying upon the Dharma (see link below).

Background reading - Sangharakshita: Living Ethically. This is highly recommended background reading for both the Ethics and Ethics 2 retreats.

A System of Practice

Required reading:

In preparation for this Retreat please listen to the series of 8 talks by Subhuti on the topic The Five Aspects of the Dharma Life. In these talks, Subhuti delves into the fundamental principles behind Integration, Positive Emotion, Spiritual Receptivity, Spiritual Death, and Spiritual Rebirth.  They are on Free Buddhist Audio and the link is below.

You can also buy a booklet from Padmaloka called The Five Aspects of Sangharakshita's System of Dharma Life which is transcriptions of the talks.  The booklet costs £7.50.  The link for that is also below.    We also have booklets here at Tiratanaloka for sale, but you will need to have listened to the talks prior to coming.  

Please come prepared with questions and areas for discussion in your study group.