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Podcast - Starting To Say Goodbye to Sangharakshita

By Candradasa on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 23:55

A conversation with Candradasa, Munisha, Parami and Sthanashraddha towards the end of a strong week at Adhisthana, home of Urgyen Sangharakshita, who died last week at the age of 93. 

We talk about our personal relationships to the founder of the Triratna Buddhist sangha over decades, and the great change his passing represents for our community.

Join us online to begin saying farewell to a man whose long work for the Dharma transformed so many lives around the world for the good. 

www.thebuddhistcentre.com/sangharakshita

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Remembering Bhante (Ghent)

By arthakusalin on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 12:52
Last night again a night in celebration and remembrance of Bhante with anecdotes of people whom have met him, mantra chanting and some readings from his work. Bhante has touched many many hearts in different ways.
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Vajra Bell: Fall 2018 issue

Vajra Bell: Fall 2018 issue

By Saddhavasini on Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 - 17:45

The Fall 2018 issue of the Vajra Bell magazine is here!

Click this link to view online

In this issue:

  • Practicing Generosity Until It’s as Natural as Breathing by Ratnaghosha
  • Dana: The First Step of the Spiritual Life by Acarasiddhi
  • Is Money a Placeholder for Love in our Lives by Amalavajra
  • Books: The Buddha on Wall Street and Yasodhara 
  • Wild Awake: Alone, Offline & Awake in Nature
  • Sangha Connections: An Interview with Amritamati by Shraddhavani
  • I Have a Thinking Problem by Saddhavasini
  • ...
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Memoir of Bhante in the Early Days​

By dhabhaya on Sat, 3 Nov, 2018 - 19:51

I was invited to write the following little memoir as a contribution to a possible booklet to be published for Bhante’s funeral. Plans then changed, so it now seems fitting to post it on the Remembrance page for the Book of Gratitude.

With warm wishes to all at this strong time.

Abhaya

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DhBuddhapalita's picture

Thanks so much Abhaya. love buddhapalita

law60's picture

Thank you Abhaya, that was a beautiful memoir of some of your memories of the early days you shared with Bhante. Linda

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Thanks Abhaya. I love these vignettes of the early days and I’m glad some have been recorded like this. I could happily read a lot more if you were willing to write it. 

It was so very different for me turning up at the Auckland Buddhist Centre in 1994 (ten years into New Zealand’s Neoliberal revolution) troubled by depression and the side effects antidepressant drugs wondering if meditation would help. It did not (often it made things a lot worse). But I did discover a community of people who were not at all magical, but who were friendly and enthusiastic. I almost immediately knew I wanted to be a part of this and most of the time they seemed to want me as well. However, as has been the pattern of my entire life, I am once again suffering anxiety and depression, feeling like an outsider, and living on the social margins unable to maintain human connections. Sangharakshita’s death has made me acutely aware of this.

I envy you meeting Sangharakshita when and where you did. And I’m grateful that you and your peers built the movement along with him. Thanks. 

Jo Wace's picture

Ah, this was so delightful to read. Thank you for writing and sharing it.

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Thank you Abhaya, an evocative account of Bhante. It was obvious how much your friendship with Bhante enriched your life, and what a wonderfully open and experimental spirit he had. 

Suryagita

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Puja for Bhante in Ghent

By arthakusalin on Thu, 1 Nov, 2018 - 21:58

Tonight, in our Buddhist centre in Ghent, we did Maitreyabandhu’s puja for Bhante in Flemish and sang mantras for him. Next to that we sat in silence and remembered our beloved teacher, did metta for him and some memories and rejoicings were shared. Also we listened to Bhante himself singing the Tiratana Vandana. May our Teacher live on through our friendships in the sangha.

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book of gratitude contribution

By arthakusalin on Wed, 31 Oct, 2018 - 09:31

Dear beloved, dearest Teacher

i am coming to the end of a month living in christian monasteries as i wanted to write on sacredness and wanted some time on my own and i thought the conditions in monasteries very supportive. And indeed they were. In this period i read large parts of From Genesis to the Diamond Sutra and O Bhante you were so close. I am so glad to be a Buddhist, i am so glad to have come across a...

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Sevenfold Puja for Bhante Sangharakshita

Sevenfold Puja for Bhante Sangharakshita

By Maitreyabandhu on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 14:08

I thought I’d send you this on this so sad day. Mahamati asked me to write it for when Bhante died. I’ve sent it to Mahamati and Parami in case they want to use it on some occasion. I have re-wrtten it just now. Do use it or pass it on if you think that’s appropriate.

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Thank you Maitreyabandhu.      

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DhBuddhapalita's picture

thank you so much Maitreyabhandu.

PaulCouparHennessy's picture

Thank you Maitreyabandhu.

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Thank you Maitreyabandhu, we used it tonight in York and it helped to make the evening very special indeed. 

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How Do We Have the Difficult Conversations?

By lokeshvara on Sat, 27 Oct, 2018 - 20:22

How Do We Have the Difficult Conversations?
Building reconciliation and a sustainable basis of trust for Triratna

We want to update everybody who has been following the work of the Adhisthana Kula. (See endnote 1.) This post will mainly focus on our considerations and conclusions as to whether some form of external independent inquiry was needed to look into difficult aspects of Triratna’s past and culture.

Our wish is that the debates that were reignited following a BBC local tv report in September...

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An Update On Restorative Process In Triratna (October 2018)

By lokeshvara on Sat, 27 Oct, 2018 - 20:20

This is a report on the Restorative work undertaken over the last year within Triratna, which was introduced in the Adhisthana kula’s posts of 13th April and 15th June 2017, entitled “A Reconciliation process” and “Why Restorative approach?”

Read “A Reconciliation process”

Read “Why Restorative approach?”

Listen to our podcast on Restorative Process in Triratna

In 2017 Triratna’s Adhisthana kula undertook to:

  1. Offer training in ‘Restorative’ practice within Triratna, as part of a process of learning to go deeper with difficult conversations;
  2. ...