“To live the Buddhist life, to become like the Buddha, we must imagine the Buddha”
Unless we can truly imagine the Buddha in our own minds, we cannot go for refuge to him. So what does the Buddha look like to you? How can we bring the image of the Buddha alive in the modern world?
For the first half of this year, we’re going to explore the themes of the Buddha and the imagination in preparation for the Triratna International Retreat in June, which also has as its theme ‘Imagining the Buddha’. We will be discussing these topics in relation to a number of our books, and asking our authors for their insights and views. We would be very interested to hear your thoughts too, so please offer your own opinions and feedback.
Later in the year, we will branch our exploration out to include the Dharma and the Sangha, and think about how we can begin to fulfill the task given to us by Sangharakshita:
“Our task is to create together a new imaginative culture by taking our imaginations seriously and working to unfold them more and more fully… We will discover creative depths within our own culture from which new works will arise expressive of the Dharma’s timeless spirit. And we will find the Buddha, appearing to us in a form that is deeply familiar yet resonant of an infinite mystery that one day we may understand”.
- Sangharakshita, ‘Re-Imagining the Buddha’, November 2010
You can read the rest of Sangharakshita’s article on the Buddha and the Imagination here: http://www.sangharakshita.org/pdfs/imagining-the-buddha.pdf
Or engage with his thoughts in greater depth by reading one of his books, available on our website: http://www.windhorsepublications.com/