Teaching of Vimaakirti

Teaching of Vimaakirti

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Author: Sangharakshita
Publisher: New Age Books
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 160
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178222698


Vimalakirti is a Bodhisattva who appears as a layman in order to help 'all living beings’. A worker of wonders, he reveals distant universes, feeds thousands of beings with a single bowl of nectar, and wins a philosophical debate with a thunderous silence. Because he is enlightened, the means he uses are highly skilful yet utterly inconceivable.

How can we understand and communicate the Buddha’s teaching, learn to practice the spiritual life in association with others, and finally gain our freedom? These are the practical issues, directly relevant to modern life, and illustrated through myth and symbol, which this book explores. Sangharakshita’s commentary illuminates the original text, and can also be read as a teaching in its own right, so vividly does it evoke the spiritual power of Vimalakirti, and the significance of his teachings.

Take a step into the extraordinary realm of the Vimalakirtinirdesa. Discover the magic, drama, and paradox of this classic Mahayana scripture, and move towards the freedom of heart and mind, which is the inconceivable emancipation.


Editor’s Preface

The Magic of a Mahayana Sutra

Building the Buddha-Land

On Being ‘All Thing to all Men

The Transcendental Critique of Religion

History Versus Myth in Humanity
Quest for Meaning

The Way of Non-Duality

The Mystery of Human Communication

The Four Great Reliance: Criteria for
The Spiritual Life

Notes and References