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The Opening of Urgyen House to Visitors

From Triratna News on Thu, 26 Aug, 2021 - 15:46

The Opening of Urgyen House to Visitors

From Triratna News on Thu, 26 Aug, 2021 - 15:46

Last weekend at Adhisthana, Urgyen House was opened to visitors with a moving dedication led by Saddhanandi. Two new Order Members, Āryaniśa and Vilāsamuni, cut the ribbon to open the house officially.

The place is significant, as it was Urgyen Sangharakshita’s home for the last 5 years of his life. His bedroom and living room have been left exactly as they were the day he died. His living room was where he met hundreds (if not thousands) of visitors in his last years,...

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Bhante's Birthday: Celebratory Puja at Adhisthana

From Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 20 Aug, 2021 - 12:24

Bhante's Birthday: Celebratory Puja at Adhisthana

From Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 20 Aug, 2021 - 12:24

Thursday 26th August

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Thursday the August 26th 2021 would have been the 96th birthday of Urygen Sangharakshita (affectionately called Bhante, meaning ‘teacher’). Through founding the Triratna order and community, Bhante has set up conditions for the Dharma to be communicated...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 15: Bhante S Dhammika (2)

Thu, 31 Jan, 2019 - 18:53

Voices from the Buddhist world 15: Bhante S Dhammika (2)

Thu, 31 Jan, 2019 - 18:53

Sorry for this very delayed post: an interesting appreciation of Triratna and the vision of its founder from Venerable S. Dhammika, of the Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society, Singapore, who previously expressed his appreciation of Bhante shortly after Bhante’s death.

Imagining an new, ideal, form of Buddhism for today, he suggests it could be governed by an organisation such as Triratna. Later he notes that his ideal is not a pipe dream because it has already been envisaged and brought into being in Triratna (which he...

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With deep gratitude.

Sat, 1 Dec, 2018 - 05:11

With deep gratitude.

Sat, 1 Dec, 2018 - 05:11It’s very hard to imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn’t come across the Glasgow Buddhist Centre just over forty years ago. As a naively enthusiastic young man it was my good fortune to meet Bhante first through his talks and the order members inspired by his teaching the Dharma, then later more personally through individual meetings and in 1982 through ordination. That ordination, witnessing, gave me a tremendous confidence to practice a Buddhist Path -...
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In gratitude to my teacher Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita

Thu, 29 Nov, 2018 - 23:45

In gratitude to my teacher Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita

Thu, 29 Nov, 2018 - 23:45

My parents gave me my life and raised me with love, thereby giving me a stable and healthy basis for my entire life, for which I feel deeply grateful to them.

But in my adult life, the greatest formative influence has been my teacher, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita.

I had met the Dharma and caught (some) fire before I met him or fwbo/Triratna. But would the Dharma ever have become the central focal point in my life that it did become, had I then embarked...

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Gratitude to Bhante

Tue, 27 Nov, 2018 - 13:51

Gratitude to Bhante

Tue, 27 Nov, 2018 - 13:51Gratitude to Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita My parents gave me the precious gift of life, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita gave me the precious gift of a direction, a way for this human life to be fulfilled. He passed on the teachings of the Buddha that lead to the fulfilment of the deepest wish of the heart. As an adolescent I was desperate to find a way of life that would lead to such fulfilment and to the alleviation of suffering in the...
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Dayapakshini

Sat, 24 Nov, 2018 - 10:31

Dayapakshini

Sat, 24 Nov, 2018 - 10:31

In the half light of a November day, damp and drizzly I remember our teacher who let go of his body, seemingly easily and has escaped this wintry darkness. Despite him being 93 and frail I was not ready for Bhante’s death. I sobbed aloud when I read the news. Selfishly, of course, I wanted him to stay a bit longer, maybe I’d see him one more time. But also, I was glad that he had a relatively easy passing.The last...

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Amaravati monastery marks Bhante's death

Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 13:32

Amaravati monastery marks Bhante's death

Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 13:32

At Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire, UK, the evening chanting on the day after Bhante’s funeral was dedicated to him.

Amaravati is a monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition, run by the English Sangha Trust, who owned the Hampstead Buddhist Vihara where Bhante lived in the 1960s. 

Read about Munisha’s visit to Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Amaravati, in 2016.

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from Vajratara

Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 11:33

from Vajratara

Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 11:33

I remember once going to see Bhante in his flat in Madhyamaloka.  I was there to talk about ‘births, deaths and marriages’, and how we should conduct those important life rituals in Buddhist Centres.  We talked about naming ceremonies and weddings, laying down basic principles and establishing how to enable them to be performed in line with the Dharma. So far, so practical. When we came to funerals Bhante perked up a bit “Now this is something we Buddhists are...