Wait, is the one with “A Blueprint for a New World“…with an actual plan to Change the World—I mean true, lasting, real, holistic, complete social progressiveness/social reform, by one of e the greatest visionaries of modern times, Urgyen Sangharakshita? His Blueprint for a New World, as outlined in the book “The Taste of Freedom” and “Buddhism for a New World“… with those “Team-Based Right-Livelihood Businesses” (TBRL’s), intentional residential communities, an Ecumenical Buddhism: an Ecumenical Approach to the Study/Practice of Buddhism/Buddha-Dharma (Ecumenical, not Eclectic, as ecumenical Buddhism is the approach that seeks commonality, solidarity, to identify which of Buddha’s Teachings Unify the various schools of Buddhism—What fundamentals of the Dharma/Dhamma are agreed upon and Universally accepted by all various sects, schools, vehicles of Buddhism? In fact, there is both tremendous commonality and variety, depending upon that which one seeks The One Buddha’s Dharma (The Buddha’s Dhamma) and there is One Thread or String that Ties, Links all of the various Teachings of the Buddha, that remains constant among all the major or Schools of Buddhism. As opposed to the term “Eclectic Buddhism,” a name that technically implies: 1) that there are multiple “Buddhisms” which, at their cores, are fundamentally different forms of Buddhism; and 2) the term further implies that one is picking and choosing, incongruous bits from this and that, which one creates their own, or new type Dharma, or Buddhism via piecemeal those core elements that are found in all of the different schools of Buddhism Buddhadharma / Buddha-Dharma / Buddhadhamma / Buddha-Dhamma all of which are “truer” names for what we call “Buddhism” what Western Buddhist Order (The Triratna Buddhist Order & Triratna Buddhist Community), the Navayana School of Buddhism, the New Vehicle or Sangha: a Western Buddhist Sangha joined equally with the Indian Dalit Buddhist Sangha… The Fourth Vehicle (yana) of Buddhism, Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Navayana Sangha Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891 – 1956), popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, (or more commonly referenced, hailed & as a greeting “Jai Bhim!“and such?
I know I’ve read it, I have a dogeared copy in my library…It’s my favorite Sangharakshita “Title”, of that much I am sure—I mean it’s literally my favorite title of his books—not my favorite of his books. I mean that literally, too—not in the colloquial sense of an understated criticism, or reverse hyperbole (if there is such thing, linguistically, as a “hypobole,” I’d be happy to use it. Then again, simply using the hyperbole adverbial form, i.e. hyperbolic, confuses enough people).
Anyhow, I don’t give five-star reviews ,to Sangharakshita, or anyone else, unless it truly, at some point in time, was Mind-Blowing (now, that’s figuratively speaking, just FYI), and substantially contributed to, or precipitated a major paradigm shift. ‘Not my favorite…’ may well be my second favorite, but this much I know, this book inspired me to strive to build—dare to dream—commit to an effective blueprint for idealism-in-action, taking definitive action…to create the life, the society, the world of which all-at-some-point-Dream, but that most never make it ‘out of the gate.’
And, Because, they don’t have the Perfect-Vision, aka Right Understanding, Right Effort, Right Action…Emotion, Speech, Livelihood, Mindfulness, Samādhi, and assistance, guidance, help with translation/interpretation, mentorship, structure, or Effective Blueprints… Because, “Be Kind, For Everyone is Fighting A Hard Fight”…and anyone that “Dares to Dream,” Dares to be Different, anyone that’s even potentially going to Rock the Boat, or is maverick enough…Anyone that Dares to actually commit…to Stand Their ground….not dip your toe, but dive-right-in…making a decision to walk ‘The Razor’s Edge,’ and do so ‘Without A Net’*…risk it all, on the Road Less Travelled,’…<b><i>EVERYONE NEEDS EVERY BIT OF HELP THEY CAN FIND…And Certainly Does Not Need Any Disinformation; or Half-Baked Good Intentions, ground in Ignorance and Delusion—And This Is Why the significance and necessity of having direct access to one in whom “SUPER-MUNDANE INSIGHT” has arisen/been achieved, cannot be impressed upon enough, as an ESSENTIAL Component, For all those that seek the TRUTH…or are considering to commit to this Path—The Razor’s Edge—it can be brutal, and worse than deadly, without a proper Guide, Path, and Map (or Blueprint)</i></b>
PS: I Can Absolutely, Unequivocally Swear to the Legitimacy of Sangharakshita’s Insight, Understanding, Interpretation, Blueprint, Vision, METHOD & MEANS to guide one from Hell to TRUE INSIGHT, Emptiness Śūnyatā/Suññatā , Wisdom Prajñā/Paññā, No-Self Anātman/Anattā, Satori, Dhammacakkhu, Ariya-Puggala, Paramārtha Bodhicitta, “Enlightenment” Stream-Winning, Stream-Entrant, Arya-Sangha, Ariya-Sangha Sotapanna, Sotāpanna (not anuttarā samyak-saṃbodhi / anuttarā sammā saṃbodhi), but, once the Dharma-Eye is open, well, purified Karma, karma-formations, volitional karmic momentum, Samskāra/Sankāra, are still unimaginably substantial, and also, it’s an unimaginably grande “Awakening”… precisely as described in both the Pāli Canon and Prajñā Pāramitā Sutras….
The Vision is Alive, Well, and what’s of greatest import, it has unequivocally and definitively proven Successful —bore the ultimate fruit–there’s no more definitive proof than the “scientific method.” By recreating the conditions, as essentially guided by Sangharakshita, and producing precisely the same results (Not all the results, but the exact groupings and benchmarks as were hailed by Gautama Buddha’s Sangha— as the advanced stages of the Path are empirically defined in the Pāli Canon and poetically defined in the Prajñā-Pāramitā Sutras, and thus:
To anyone, anywhere, with any doubt or skepticism or criticism as to efficacy and validity or “lineage” of Urgyen Sangharakshita Rinpoche**, or his method, interpretation and application, I say: Pratītyasamutpāda, = The Proof is the Pudding! It clearly Works, and I don’t see it producing the desired effect in many, regardless of ethnicity, school ,monasticism or not… Let’s be Objective about this: “Here’s the Proof” that this Works…Now, instead of finding fault, why don’t try to get some SuperMundane Insight/JOIN THE Dhammacakkhu, Ariya-Puggala, Paramārtha Bodhicitta</u></i></b>
* Without A Net Is REALITY…BUT, It IsNot ‘Blind Faith,’ it is an Experientially Informed Faith, a Confidence, an Earned-Though-Not-Purely-Rational-Trust, or Śraddhā or Saddhā (Sanskrit then Pāli terms for what is very often translated as “Faith,” but which should not be confused with a “Blind Faith”…as I’ve attempted to make clear, here)
** 2004 After working personally with Urgyen Sangharakshita, Neal Warren (a.k.a. Dharmachari Sārajit) visits Chetral Rinpoche, Sangharakshita’s last living teacher, and is introduced by him and Yangsi Dudjom Rinpoche into the Concise Recitation of the New Treasure of Dudjom as Chetral Rinpoche calls their spiritual friend “Sangharakshita Rinpoche.”