Teachers of Enlightenment: the Refuge Tree of the Western Buddhist Order
The Refuge Tree is a symbol of the highest ideals of Buddhism, developed by each school in the Tibetan tradition in particular forms to include the teachers and other figures important to that tradition. Modern Buddhists might be regarded as heirs to the whole of the Buddhist tradition and the Refuge Tree of the Western Buddhist Order founded by Sangharakshita includes figures from India, Tibet, China and Japan as well as archetypal Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and the teachers whose guidance helped to shape Sangharakshita's undersanding of Buddhism. Here a leading member of the Western Buddhist Order introduces each figure on this form of the Refuge Tree and explores their significance for Buddhists in the modern world.
About the author
1. The Refuge Tree of the Western Buddhist Order and the Prostration Practice
2. Vizualization and Imagination
3. Going for Refuge
4. The Refuge Tree, Bodhicitta and 'Other Power'
1. The Buddhas of the Three Times
2. The Jinas
3. The Arhants
4. The Bodhisattvas
6. The Dharma Texts
7. The Teachers of the Past: India; Tibet; China; Japan
8. The Teachers of the Present
Notes and References