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Gathering Wisdom While We May - The Opening of the Sangharakshita Library

by Vidyadevi

Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order, has long dreamed of starting a new library to house his collection of 11,000 books on Buddhism, the Dharma and literature (including extensive reference and poetry collections). Vidyadevi, one of the people who helped make it happen, introduces the new library as it finally opens its doors. Her passion for this project and her love of books is both infectious and challenging as she speaks about a library with its eyes as firmly on the future as on the past.

With a great introduction and conclusion by Vajragupta on the genesis and future of the Sangharakshita Library.

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1. Vajragupta - Saluting the shrine (0:41) 
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2. Vajragupta - Introduction (7:11) 
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3. Vidyadevi - Gathering Wisdom While We May; Sangharakshita and his books (3:27) 
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4. The Order library; Kalyanaprabha on the library; what the library at Adhistahana represents - the four lineages of teaching, practice, inspiration, responsibility; the importance of higher culture (5:40) 
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5. A quick tour; in defence of libraries; the library at Nalanda; Hsuan Tsang on Nalanda (5:27) 
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6. Book pilgrims and pilgrimage; the monk and the tiger; the destruction and death of libraries; reflecting on free speech and taking offence - Je Suis Charlie, Nous sommes Nalanda (3:02) 
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7. Use of the library; are libraries obsolete; Jorge Luis Borges on libraries; information, knowledge, and wisdom (3:44) 
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8. A threefold gathering; people, voices, ideas, beauty, wisdom; the library as a temple (2:35) 
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9. Launching Metaphors, Magic, and Mystery by Sangharakshita; words and their relationship to truth (2:51) 
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10. Friends of the Sangharakshita Library; the last word to Sangharakshita - Nalanda Revisited (2:01) 
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11. Vajragupta - Thanks; Ratnadharini (and the future Ratnadharini Sutra); Arjavin; Yashodeva; and others (8:06) 
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12. Vajragupta - The future of the library; the quiet heart of Adhisthana; two libraries (2:53) 
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13. Vajragupta - The exhibition to mark the 90th birthday of Sangharakshita (2:24) 


Total running time: 50:02

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