Buddhism is about “awakening”: shortly after the Buddha experienced this for himself, that was how he described it: “I am awakened”. By this, any organisation which considers itself to be “Buddhist” must offer teachings and practices that lead to this goal. What has become clear is that Triratna cannot support true awakening, or “insight”, because true awakening is entirely different than the self-improvement scheme that Sangharakshita taught.
Teaching: Dharma Misunderstood
This is an account of someone who was involved for two years, but eventually felt they had to leave.
This article explores why Sangharakshita’s unique understanding of “conditionality” was a profound misunderstanding of the Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha. It is based on a public article, written by a Triratna order member in 2017, that explored Sangharashita’s “particular presentation” of the Dharma.
The Order depicted in this paper, and in the papers that have followed it, is very different from the Order I was told I was joining in 1993. In particular, the Order's relationship to Bhante, as portrayed in these papers, is fundamentally different from what I was led to believe when I was Ordained. This is not just the natural and organic development of what went before - it is, in some respects, a direct reversal of key principles that I had signed up to.
This is a focused summary of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's book "Buddhist Romanticism" that argues Buddhism as interpreted by some teachers in the West, such as Sangharakshita, is really Romanticism which uses the vocabulary of the Dharma, but is actually very different from the Dharma taught by the Buddha.