“This dewdrop world Is but a dewdrop world And yet —”
- Kobayashi Issa
Our next series of online meditations will start on Tuesday 12th February at 4pm GMT / 5pm CET / 9.30pm IST / 11am EST / 8.00am PST for five weeks. We will be exploring the Four Mind-Turning reflections, which point to both the fleetingness of life and its preciousness, and remind us of the need to wholeheartedly turn our minds towards practising the Dharma.
We wanted to give you a heads-up on the new books we are publishing in 2019.
The Complete Works
Eight volumes of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita have already been published, and we look forward to the launch of four new volumes in April. The existing 251 subscribers to The Complete Works will automatically receive the new volumes upon publication – you too can subscribe to join these individuals and Centres. Volumes are also available for individual purchase.
Dhammacharini Tarahridaya is the co-ordinator of the Women’s Ordination Process Team in India. Her work is always encouraging her to do more and more as she sees women growing, facing their difficulties and benefitting from the support of the sangha (the Triratna Buddhist community).
Our production team, led by Michelle, has been hard at work on four meaningful new books for 2019. These books focus on inner reflection and transformation.
If you feel these books are important to you and the world, please consider sponsoring a book. It is a difficult time for independent publishers to stay afloat. Help and support from our readers goes a long way.
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is a recollection from Sangharakshita called An Encounter with Padmasambhava in Darjeeling. Padmasambhava, often known as the ‘Second Buddha’, is famous for converting the demons of Tibet. In this lecture we are given a brief biography of Padmasambhava and an outline of the progressive Nyingmapa practices attributed to him.
Who I am? I am just a little part of this process which is coming from the Buddha. … Disciple of disciple of disciple… Bhante ordained Srimala, Srimala ordained me… I am ordaining other people. I am just part of that process.
In 1968 I was born in Nagpur.
In 1978 I was ten years old and called Indu Gajbhiye. I was studying in primary school. We all were six brothers and sisters living with father and mother in a small...
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.
A video I made yesterday. I aimed to summaries bhante’s life and his impact in 1 min. I failed, I did 2 mins, and I still failed. No time in space, no word or images can make justice to his life. Unmeasurable is the impact. I’m for ever grateful! I still cannot believe you’re gone.