The Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Institute (ITBCI) School was established 67 years ago by the previous Dhardo Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita’s main teachers, to protect Tibetan and Himalayan Art and Culture. In late December 2020 Karuna Trust, who funds 60% of the school’s overall budget, was informed that the Trustees of the ITBCI in Kalimpong, which is now led by the new Dhardo Rimpoche, had made the decision to close the school in December 2021.
In the middle of a nature park surrounded by meadows and lakes, only 60 kilometres north of Berlin, lies the so-called “Rote Burg“ (Red Castle): two old Ziegler buildings with about 850 square metres of floor space and surrounded by 37,000 square metres of meadows and oak forest.
In July 2020, Aryabandhu, Chairman of the Berlin Buddhist Centre, signed the purchase contract for the Rote Burg. This step was preceded by more than two years of intensive...
On Saturday 16th January Paul Klein from Cuernavaca, Mexico, will be ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order on a nine-day retreat at Chintamani, Morelos. His public ordination ceremony will take place at Chintamani Retreat Centre in Mexico and will be live streamed.
January 16th at: 10.00 USPST | 12.00 México | 13.00 USEST | 18.00 IE&UK | 19.00 Europe CET | 23.30 India | 05.00 Australia EDT...
“One November morning in 1985, four women - Sanghadevi, Ratnasuri, Karunasri, Kulanandi - and a cat called Tansy, drove from London to the Welsh borders, to start what was probably the first Buddhist retreat centre for women in the world.”
In 1985, Cornhill Farm was bought - a run-down farmhouse and derelict outbuildings, together with seven acres of land. The first retreats were held in the white farmhouse - a living room converted into a shrine room, and...
The project aims to document, analyse, and understand the new ways that religious communities are coming together, and to use those findings to help make religious communities stronger and more resilient for the future. They’re interested in communities of all faiths and beliefs across the UK.
In commemoration of the second death anniversary of Urgyen Sangharakshita, Urgyen House is pleased to offer a new video blog. Dharmachari Paramartha recalls Bhante Sangharakshita’s final days and, from the video archive, Bhante recounts a remarkable event in Kalimpong, India.
Urgyen House is a project dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of Sangharakshita’s collection of books, letters, papers, thangkas and artefacts as well as the building in which he spent the last years of his life.