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Thursday the August 26th 2021 would have been the 96th birthday of Urygen Sangharakshita (affectionately called Bhante, meaning ‘teacher’). Through founding the Triratna order and community, Bhante has set up conditions for the Dharma to be communicated...
Over the last few weeks, Adhisthana has been ringing with conversations on Sadhana.
Ksantikara has been recording a series of conversations with six fellow order members, talking to each of them about their Yiddam and Sadhana practice. Every time he returned to the office after having had one of these conversations, he would be almost bouncing, his eyes sparkling.
He kept saying how good these conversations were, how much he enjoyed them, and that he was really looking forward to sharing the recordings with the order.
Lived out fully, Buddhist practice is revolutionary. Its purpose is a complete transformation of every element of our lives and of the world around us.
The legendary Tibetan Guru Padmasambhava is the archetype of this transformation. His mythic life story presents a conflict between the forces of light and the forces of darkness – a conflict that takes place within our own hearts and minds. Following his example, we can learn to...
The precept of the Lama is more important than scriptures and commentaries.
In the early days of the Order, Sangharakshita held a seminar on a book called The Door of Liberation, which consisted of seven Tibetan texts, translated under the auspices of Geshe Wangyal. The Kadamthorbu was one of those.
The text consists of dialogues between Atiśa and his closest disciples, especially with his principal disciple, the layman Dromtönpa, who later founded the Kadam school. It’s an informal exposition of how to live as...
What does it mean to really beleive that friendship is the whole of the spiritual life? How will that change how we act?
Being willing to help each other is part of the central enterprise of the spiritual life - to grow. By being with people who we are not hiding anything from, it can connect us to ourselves more, and point us toward the wonder and mystery of what it is to be a human being.
Dhammarati and Saddhaloka discuss some of the jewels to be found in this study material for the online...
What kind of friend are you? What kind of friend would you like to be?
Is there any limitation to the heights that faithful friendship can reach?
Explore the possibilities of friendship with brothers and sisters in the sangha, through looking at traditional understandings of friendship in society and the spiritual life.
We will draw primarily on The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam seminar, with supporting material from the seminar on the Sigalavada Sutta. Both texts were studied by Sangharakshita in 1983. With The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam, he took...
Individuality: Self-Contained and Boundless (Online Order/Mitra event from Adhisthana) Led by Ratnaguna and Saddhanandi 17-21 February
Am I an individual, or just part of the group?
This is a question we need to keep trying to penetrate more deeply whether we are a Mitra or an Order member. It is a question that is central to the development of a saṅgha, a spiritual community, no individuals, no saṅgha. Any consideration of what the saṅgha is must therefore include as full an understanding as...
We would like to invite you to attend our online commemoration of the second anniversary of Sangharakshita’s death. Throughout the day there will be various opportunities to join in as part of the worldwide sangha, and we’ll also be sharing a preview of Adhisthana’s direction with our online programme for 2021.