New Dharma Books
Through our books Triratna continues to contribute scholarly and accessible teaching of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma. A new series of books based on the Triratna System of Practice is planned by Windhorse Publications. These will strengthen our theory and practice of meditation and communicate our meditation system to the wider Buddhist community.
Like all major Dharma publishers working in the unfavourable economics of contemporary publishing, Windhorse Publications require some subsidy. From beginner’s level expositions of the Dharma to the more specialised, Windhorse books are valued both within Triratna and the wider Buddhist community. Your gifts to FutureDharma Fund go directly to support their work, and help them provide us with the high quality books we all trust and love.
Windhorse Publications are keen to support both new and established authors publish new work. Triratna authors often work full time in addition to supporting their local sangha. By offering authors a modest subsidy in advance, Windhorse enable their authors to dedicate some of their time to writing. By giving to FutureDharma Fund you will help support our authors by providing author advances that free up the time for them to write new work.
Vimalasara, co-author of Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s teachings to Overcome Addiction, talked to us about writing and her Buddhist practice:
Loving- kindness saved my life. Loving-kindness can save yours.
What I have to offer is my recovery. I was an extreme bulimic anorexic. And was a recreational drug user. I cleaned up in the meditation rooms – I had to learn to sit with the sensations of discomfort, sadness and my thoughts. Every time I moved away from the sensations I relapsed or lapsed. I got my sobriety from meditation, learning to be with my direct experience. That’s why I can be here today and say the strongest pill I take is arnica. The Dharma has made new pathways in the brain.
The teaching in the book I wrote with Paramabandhu – they’re not my teachings. The buddhist path is about a way out of suffering. Anybody who has addictions has suffering. Buddhism is a clear path to recovery, to abstinence and sobriety of mind.
I didn’t even want to write about addiction and recovery. It chose me. Writing about my addictions I outed myself. It was not something I personally identified with.
Paramabandhu and I wanted Triratna to offer something to the world. That working relationship with Paramabandhu was so beautiful – it was so egoless – we were communicating the Dharma. It’s part of the Bodhisattva’s Vow – impacting people’s lives – giving them an alternative – wanting others to recovery from addiction along with me. The book isn’t ours anymore. There are now 8-Step meetings in the UK, USA, Canada and Mexico.