In a world where all is impermanent, it takes quite a lot for a scandal to leave a permanent mark on the world. However, Sangharakshita's surreal career is an example of one such scandal.
For a very short and efficient introduction to one aspect of the scandal (sex, drugs, lies, and Buddhism), take a look at this letter-of-resignation from some of his former followers that I've now archived on Medium.com: https://medium.com/p/65ed24df006d
On Youtube: do we know what the Buddha taught, thought or said?
Is Buddhist philosophy something we can know (the same way that we know the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle, etc.) or is there some kind of special exception to the rules involved? (Organized religions always seem to make themselves an exception to the rules, hm?)
I wrote this in about two-and-a-half days; the deadlines were very tight, and, as a result, the style is a bit bombastic. However, the primary sources and subject-matter were bombastic to begin with, so… the results are an amusing mix.
My two articles on the 12 links (a.k.a., “Twelve Nidānas”, 十二因缘, etc.) have now been posted to Medium.com, so, I suppose, they're easier to find, and they won't disappear if the "New Mandala" website does:
I have tried for years to get these translated into Chinese (and, no, I wasn't asking anyone to work for free) but the translators were terrified of the challenge. So, these still remain in English only.
Yeah, this post has a long title, and everything mentioned in it is covered in this relatively brief article that I've posted via Medium.com, for those of you who aren't regular subscribers to Ogmois (the slightly obscure journal of the Foundation for Endangered Languages).