You may have heard of a contemporary philosopher called Dan Dennett? One of his best known premises is that the secret of happiness is to find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.
I firmly believe this. Yet I have always also been inspired by Sangharakshita’s evocation of the True Individual, someone who is prepared to ask and answer the question ‘am I an individual or just a social unit?’
How do you resolve this question of serving something bigger than yourself, even giving yourself to it completely, and at the same time retaining a sense of your own individual agency, dignity and integrity?
Sangharakshita gives us the architecture of the answer by describing the Bodhisattva as one who is “a living contradiction”.
This week long retreat looks at what this means using excerpts from his talks and writings.