III Tibetan Buddhism
There is little evidence in the founder’s work, teaching, or the activities of the FWBO that betrays any real connection with Tibetan Buddhism. [ The FWBO Filesp.6 ]
Sangharakshita is not a follower of Tibetan Buddhism, nor is he a Vajrayana teacher, and the FWBO is not and does not claim to be a Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Rather, it bases itself on the Buddhist tradition as a whole, drawing upon that tradition for whatever may aid practitioners in the process of Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, whether in the East or West.
The FWBO’s engagement with Tibetan Buddhism is not eclectic, but is carefully moderated by the FWBO’s own system of practice, and the study of texts from the Tibetan tradition. Sangharakshita’s principal engagement with Tibetan Buddhism in his teaching is in the many seminars he gave during the 1970s and 1980s on texts from many traditions, including Tibetan Vajrayana. [ 28 ]
However, Sangharakshita does claim to have sufficient experience of Tibetan Buddhism to draw on it in this way, and it is in this respect that The FWBO Files’ charges need to be addressed.
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There are seminars on The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, The 100,000 Songs of Milarepa, The Door of Liberation, Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation, The Precepts of the Gurus, and Mind in Buddhist Psychology (Free Buddhist Audio). He also gave many lectures on aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, some of which have now been transcribed as An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, (Windhorse Publications, 1997); and as a series of eight booklets, “The Tantric Path”, Mitrata 73–80, (Windhorse Publications, 1978–80).
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