A glorious past, a traumatic present, an uncertain future. What are we to make of Tibetan Buddhism?
In the West it has an exotic, even glamorous image: there are books about secret teachings, and films about mysterious lamas. But if Western Buddhists are to learn anything of real value from Tibet, we must look beyond the merely exotic. Tibetan Buddhism, as Sangharakshita makes it clear, is a practical tradition with much to teach us.