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The Buddhist Centre team received news that Bhante was gravely ill and immediately entered into puja, during which time Bhante passed away. Since then, we have had a special shrine in place in the festival theatre, which held a continuous ritual until the following evening and concluded with a puja led by Arthapriya. Our Sangha night held a puja with over 100 people, led by our Chair, Ratnaghosha and with reminiscences from Padmasuri. The theatre is available for Sangha members to come and sit with the shrine. We were also delighted to be able to host five Indian Public Preceptors - Yashosagar, Amrutdeep, Adityabodhi, Amoghasiddhi and Ratanashil - for an evening celebrating Bhante’s life and work in India.
Sangha night this evening (6th November) is dedicated to Bhante and a special event will be taking place on the day of the funeral at the Centre in front of our special shrine. Coach travel to Adhisthana for the funeral has attracted as many people as we can accommodate; so many that we are looking to arrange an extra coach.