Voices from the Buddhist world 11: Egil LotheOn Mon, 12 November, 2018 - 11:52
Continuing our series of messages of condolence from Buddhists beyond Triratna, here is a message from Egil Lothe, who is President of the Buddhist Federation of Norway and one of those responsible - with Triratna’s Sraddhapa - for the new Common Buddhist Text, two copies of which he gave to Bhante and the library at Adhisthana.
Thank you so much for for your email about Sangharakshita’s passing away and your invitation to attend his funeral. I am also very thankful to you for arranging the meeting with him during the EBU gathering in September. The fact that I did meet him again after so many years meant very much to me. As I told you he played an important role in introducing me to the Dharma back in the seventies when I was quite new to Buddhism.
It is incredible what he achieved during his life. In hindsight he will surely stand out as a remarkable person. Whatever personal limitations he had cannot obscure that fact.
It was nice to see that he was so well taken care of in his last years by his followers. I was also happy to see that although very frail and old he still had a clear understanding of things and a very warm personality…
I send you my good thoughts for Sangharaksita and my best wishes for all of you who have made his vision to to establish the Dharma in the west and elsewhere a reality and I will surely be there in my thoughts when you bid him farewell at Adhisthana.
Yours in the Dharma,