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Last Saturday, as many hundreds were gathered at Adhistana for Bhante’s final farewell, those of us who who stayed in Berlin came together as a sangha to rejoice in Sangharakshita and his life. We reflected how his life and the dharma he taught has touched and changed ours, we rejoiced in his life, heard stories and anecdotes of personal meetings people had had with him; all in a context of meditation, mantra chanting and puja.
And then we tuned into the live stream that had so miraculously come into being - it felt very connecting to witness our friends who were present there and many members of the wider Sangha, as well as be aware that all over the world members of the international sangha were engaged in a similar way. It was deeply moving to watch part of the burial in the live stream and to join in chanting mantras while they were chanted at Adhisthana. A heartfelt thank you to all the people who made that possible.
At the end of the day there was a clear sense among us that the joy of living a dharmalife, creating sangha in a local centre like Berlin and gratitude for the gifts given by Sangharakshita are shining brighter among us than ever.