• The Rainbow Road

  • From Tooting Broadway to Kalimpong - Memoirs of an English Buddhist
  • By: Urgyen Sangharakshita
  • Narrated by: Ratnadhya
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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The Rainbow Road

By: Urgyen Sangharakshita
Narrated by: Ratnadhya
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Having realized, as a 16 year old in pre-WWII London, that he was a Buddhist, the early life of Dennis Lingwood and his path to becoming a bhikkhu named Sangharakshita is a most extraordinary personal story. He was serving as a signals officer in India when, at the conclusion of the war, he threw away his official identity cards, took off his uniform, donned yellow robes and set off, barefooted, along the dusty paths of India as a spiritual seeker, begging for his food, as the Buddha did 2,500 years ago.

The determination and vision behind those early steps, combined with single-mindedness and intellectual rigour, transformed the path of Western Buddhism, for after 20 years in India Sangharakshita returned to England to found a Western Buddhist movement, now called the Triratna Buddhist Order.

The Rainbow Road tells of that early time in India, meeting spiritual teachers from Hindu and other religious traditions, encountering the disturbing caste system and overcoming obstacles, disappointments and numerous challenges. A totally absorbing autobiography.

©1997 Sangharakshita (P)2016 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Brilliant and captivating

Listened to this audiobook twice already and will probably listen again in a couple of years time!:) It's fascinating to follow the author through many twists and turns of both his life and the historical events he was living through. It's hard to imagine how someone growing up in the suburbs of London and conscripted during the WWII would become a homless spiritual wonderer in India and eventually live for many years as a Buddhist monk at the foothills of the Himalayas!