(Dennis Lingwood) is the
founder of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), and
the Western Buddhist Order (WBO). He has been steadfast in his promotion
of the importance of vegetarianism. By the success of his organizations
made a significant contribution to the promotion of vegetarianism
in Western Buddhism.
is criticized within the Buddhist community because he does not
accept the traditional view of lineage within Mahayana, nor the
importance given to monastic ordination in Theravada.* However Sangharakshita
remained in contact with his - mainly Tibetan Buddhist - teachers
throughout their lives and is still in contact with Chatral
Sangye Dorje. Moreover, those teachers he was closest to, such
as Kachu Rinpoche and, especially, Dhardo Rinpoche were in full
support of him as a teacher and of the movement he founded. Members
of the WBO visited Dhardo Rinpoche regularly until his death and
received teachings and initiations from him.
Dhardo Rinpoche often commented that he regarded Sangharakshita's
disciples as his own disciples. He also commented, when asked why
he had never gone to the West to teach, that he felt there was no
need, as Sangharakshita was able to teach Westerners much more effectively
than he could have.
Sangharakshita also became friends with Ayya Khema in the later
years of her life, and their friendship was characterised by a mutual
respect for each other as teachers and practitioners.
all members of the order he founded are vegetarian, events at FWBO
centres are always vegetarian, and food on FWBO retreats is
browsing the internet one might notice that some consider Sangharakshita
controversial because of his sexual relationships with students.
This an issue of the past.
is celibate a
long time already.
teachings and lineage