The vajra: cutting through to the truth


(See also the FWBO Academic Bibliography on the FWBO Discussion website.)

Stephen Batchelor, The Awakening of the West (HarperCollins, 1993).

C.M. Chen (ed. Khantipalo) Buddhist Meditation Systematic and Practical (Free Distribution, 1967).

Edward Conze, Memoirs of a Modern Gnostic (Samizdat Publishing Co., 1979).

Robin Cooper, The Evolving Mind (Windhorse Publications, 1996).

H. von Glasenapp, Buddhism A Non-Theistic Religion, Trans. Irmgard Schloegl (Allen & Unwin,).

—, Buddhism and Comparative Religion, Buddhist Publication Society, Wheel No. 111 (Buddhist Publication Society).

H. H. Dalai Lama, The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (Wisdom Publications, 1997).

Christmas Humphreys, Both Sides of the Circle: The Autobiography of Christmas Humphreys (Allen & Unwin, 1978).

John Garrett Jones, Tales and Teachings of the Buddha (Allen & Unwin, 1979).

Kalyanavacha (ed.), The Moon and Flowers: A Woman’s Path to Enlightenment (Windhorse Publications, 1997).

Kamalasila, Meditation: the Buddhist Way of Tranquillity and Insight (Windhorse Publications, 1992).

K.W. Morgan (ed.), The Path of the Buddha (Ronald Press, 1956).

Robert G. Morrison, Nietzsche and Buddhism — A Study in Nihilism and Ironic Affinities (OUP, 1997).

Reginald Ray, Buddhist Saints in India (Shambhala, 1996).

Andrew Rawlinson, The Book of Enlightened Masters (Open Court, 1997).

Sangharakshita, The Buddha’s Victory (Windhorse Publications, 1991).

—, Alternative Traditions (Windhorse Publications, 1986).

—, The Eternal Legacy: an Introduction to the Canonical Literature of Buddhism (Tharpa, 1985).

—, Extending the Hand of Fellowship (Windhorse Publications, 1996).

—, Facing Mt. Kanchenjunga (Windhorse Publications, 1991).
Available for free download.

—, Forty-Three Years Ago (Windhorse Publications, 1993).

—, From Genesis to the Diamond Sutra: (Windhorse Publications, 2005).
Available for free download.

—, The FWBO and “Protestant Buddhism”: an Affirmation and a Protest (Windhorse Publications, 1992).

—, The History of My Going for Refuge (Windhorse Publications, 1988).

—, In the Sign of the Golden Wheel (Windhorse Publications, 19??).
Available for free download.

—, An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Windhorse Publications, 1997).

—, The Meaning of Orthodoxy in Buddhism: a Protest (Windhorse Publications, 19??

—, The Priceless Jewel (Windhorse Publications, 1993).

—, The Rainbow Road (Windhorse Publications, 1997).
Available for free download.

—, A Survey of Buddhism (Windhorse Publications, )

—, The Three Jewels, An Introduction to Buddhism, Rider & Co., 1967,

—, “The Tantric Path”, Mitrata 73-80 (eight booklets) (Windhorse Publications, 1978–80).

—, The Ten Pillars of Buddhism (Windhorse Publications, 1984).

—, Transforming Self and World (Windhorse Publications, 1995).

—, Vision and Transformation, An Introduction to the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path (Windhorse Publications, 1990).
Available for free download.

—, Was the Buddha a Bhikkhu? (Windhorse Publications, 1994).

—, Who Is The Buddha? (Windhorse Publications, 1994).

—, Wisdom Beyond Words (Windhorse Publications, 1995

K. Sagar, The Life of D.H. Lawrence — An Illustrated Biography (Methuen, 1980).

A. Sponberg, Engaged Buddhism (SUNY,1996).

Srimala, Breaking Free: Glimpses of a Buddhist Life (Windhorse Publications, 1996).

Subhuti, Bringing Buddhism to the West (Windhorse Publications, 1995).

—, Sangharakshita — A New Voice in the Buddhist Tradition (Windhorse Publications, 1994).

—, Women, Men and Angels (Windhorse Publications, 1995).

Suvajra, The Wheel and the Diamond, the Life of Dhardo Tulku (Windhorse Publications, 1991).

Vessantara, Meeting the Buddhas (Windhorse Publications, 1993).

Ken Winkler, Thousand Journeys: The Biography of Lama Anagarika Govinda (Element, 1990).

Academic Papers

Martin Baumann, “Buddhist Dissemination in the West: Phases, Orders and Integrative Buddhism”, Day Internacionales Asienforum 27/ 3–4 (1996): 345–62).

—, ”Working in the Right Spirit: The Application of Buddhist Right Livelihood in the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order,” published in the on-line Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 5, 1998).

P. Clarke, “New Religions in Britain and Western Europe: In Decline?” paper presented at day seminar on the methods and aims of evangelization in contemporary society with special references to New Religious Movements, King’s College, London, June 14th 1985).

S. Bell, “Change and Identity in the Western Buddhist Order” Scottish Journal of Religious Studies, vol. XVII no 2 (1996), pp.87–107

P. Morgan, Methods and Aims of Evangelisation and Conversion in Buddhism with reference to Nichiren Shoshu-Soka Gakkai, Centre for New Religious Movements, Seminar 14/6/85.

D. Scott, The Friends of The Western Buddhist Order: British Buddhism in Transition? (Brunel University, unpublished paper).

Documents in the present controversy

Madeleine Bunting, “The Dark Side of Enlightenment”, The Guardian, Monday, 27 October 1997.

Vishvapani The Guardian’s Article on the FWBO, FWBO Communications Office, 31 October 1997.

— “Buddhism Distorted” in “Face to Faith”, The Guardian, 28 November 1997.

E. Harris, “Face to Faith” The Guardian, 5 December 1997.

Anonymous, The FWBO Files: The History and Teachings of The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), and its leader, Sangharakshita, may be viewed at

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