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Jnanavaca - Seeing Bhante: A Personal Perspective

Mon, 4 Nov, 2019 - 12:50

Jnanavaca - Seeing Bhante: A Personal Perspective

Mon, 4 Nov, 2019 - 12:50

On the first anniversary of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s death Jnanavaca gives a compelling and heartfelt talk about how we might view the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and community: an extraordinary human but also finite and fallible, a visionary genius in the mould of Blake, and translator of the Dharma, who helped bring the Buddhist tradition alive. Jnanavaca also outlines how he himself views Bhante: a Bodhisattva and a Guru - a ‘Teacher’ with a capital ‘T’.

Sharing personal stories of meetings...

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47 Years of Friendship and Service: Saddhanandi Interviews Sona

From Adhisthana on Thu, 31 Oct, 2019 - 15:42

47 Years of Friendship and Service: Saddhanandi Interviews Sona

From Adhisthana on Thu, 31 Oct, 2019 - 15:42

On the 30th October 2019 there was a community practice day at Adhisthana to mark the first anniversary of the death of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist community. Sangharakshita spent the last few years of his life at Adhisthana and is now buried there.

During that day Saddhanandi, the chair of Adhisthana, interviewed Sona about his relationship with Sangharakshita. Sona was ordained by Sangharakshita in 1974 and had a long-standing friendship with him.

Recorded at Adhisthana, 30th October 2019....

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vajrabhairava7's picture

Such a lovely, warm conversation to listen to and so good to hear another inspiring and life changing personal connection with Bhante. Love always, Diane 💜

Viryabodhi's picture

Thank you, both Sona and Saddhanandi, for such a warm and humane conversation. I love hearing about our different relationships to Bhante.

Love, Viryabodhi 

dhruvasimha's picture

I feel renewed by this; this conduit, this portal to Bhante. How fortunate we are to have Saddhanandi and Sona.

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Watch the Sangharakshita Anniversary Livestream Here!

Wed, 30 Oct, 2019 - 12:05

Watch the Sangharakshita Anniversary Livestream Here!

Wed, 30 Oct, 2019 - 12:05

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‘Seeing Bhante - A Personal Perspective’

We will be live streaming Jnanavaca’s talk ‘Seeing Bhante - A Personal Perspective’ on Wednesday 30th October 7.30pm GMT. Jnanavaca reflects on the significance of Sangharakshita’s life, exactly one year after his death.

The talk will be live here as well as on the site home page, the Features space and on our facebook page

Note: To hear the...

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Remembering Sangharakshita Through His Friendships

Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 17:57

Remembering Sangharakshita Through His Friendships

Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 17:57

Urgyen Sangharakshita - simply “Bhante” to his friends and to many who practice in the Triratna community world-wide - was a complex, even sometimes complicated, man. Much has been written and said about his contribution to the flourishing of Buddhism in India and the West since the 1960s - and about some of his more controversial sides as a teacher and leader. But we know a lot less about him as a friend.

In this film commissioned to...

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padmasuri's picture

What evocative remembrances.   Thank you Clear Vision.

Padmasuri 

Vidyamala's picture

Sona and I have just sat and watched this. Deeply moving to hear these memories. Sadhu to clear vision for making such a beautiful film. Great images and very sensitively made and edited. 

it helped me connect with something of ‘the beyond’ that is much bigger than I can possibly understand. 

Amaladipa's picture

I am so grateful for this beautiful video. Thank you. It filled my heart with hope.

Vassika's picture

Beautiful.

Thank you.

Kalyanasri's picture

What a very beautifully put together piece of film, evoking Bhante and his friendships, in an honest, moving and beautiful way. Thank you Clear Vision.

Kalyanasri

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Last Glimpses of Sangharakshita by Mahamati

Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 17:32

In the weeks following Urgyen Sangharakshita’s death in 2018, Mahamati, one of his secretaries and companions, spoke informally at a number of Order gatherings about the experience of working closely with him during the last fifteen or so years of his life.

To mark the first anniversary of Sangharakshita’s death, we present this talk from early December 2018 to a gathering of continental European Order members. Mahamati reflects on aspects of their time together, and on aspects of Sangharakshita’s personality and character...

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Great to hear. Thank you Mahamati. Love Prajnagita 

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The Funeral and Burial of Urgyen Sangharakshita, 1925-2018

Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 17:24

The Funeral and Burial of Urgyen Sangharakshita, 1925-2018

Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 17:24

The beautiful film of one extraordinary day in October 2018 when tens of thousands of people watching online around the world joined the many assembled mourners at Adhisthana to say goodbye to their friend and teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita - “Bhante”. 

It’s rare enough for one person to found an entire international spiritual Movement and community. Sangharakshita was one such person, and his death was a major staging point for everyone involved with the Triratna Buddhist Community as it begins its second 50...

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A Book of Gratitude - Remembrances of Urgyen Sangharakshita (1925-2018)

A Book of Gratitude - Remembrances of Urgyen Sangharakshita (1925-2018)

Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 - 04:20

As well as having an online memorial space to mark the passing of Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community and one of the foremost western Buddhists of the 20th Century , we invited people from all around the world to contribute to a Book of Gratitude.

These have now been collated and bound into book form to be kept in the Sangharakshita library at Adhisthana. And now you can read the moving rememberances of Sangharakshita online too.

This is an opportunity...

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You can download the Book of Gratitude here as a PDF.

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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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The Death and Funeral of Urgyen Sangharakshita

Tue, 18 Dec, 2018 - 23:41

The Death and Funeral of Urgyen Sangharakshita

Tue, 18 Dec, 2018 - 23:41

Immediately after Bhante’s death we at Clear Vision began to document the preparations for his vigil and funeral, and working with our colleagues at The Buddhist Centre Online  to do all we could to help ensure that thousands of people in our worldwide community were able to witness the event through a live-stream. We have produced this short film of highlights from the funeral and time surrounding the event for you all, and for future generations, to revisit...

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Exquisite 🙏 in deep gratitude, appreciation and metta, Amalajoti 

Purna's picture

A beautiful and moving visual record.  It evoked the combination of grief, gratitude and confidence that many of us will have experienced over this very important part of our collective history.  Thank you Clear Vision and to all who made this recording possible.

dayapakshini's picture

So beautiful, thank you for bringing back memories of the day.

With love and gratitude, Dayapakshini 

nagesvara's picture

That’s beautiful! Thanks to all involved in putting this together, thank you.

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Funeral of Urgyen Sangharakshita by Guilhem Monin

Thu, 13 Dec, 2018 - 17:40

Funeral of Urgyen Sangharakshita by Guilhem Monin

Thu, 13 Dec, 2018 - 17:40

Urgyen Sangharakshita. 26 Aug 1925 - 30 Oct 2018.

Funeral and burial at his home, Adhisthana, on November 10th 2018. 

A short tribute put together by Guilhem Monin.

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maitripala's picture

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Xx

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 Thank you, this is very moving, allowing me to remember that day even though I couldn’t make it myself and to fell again the sadness and loss as well as the beauty and memory of Bhante, the Sangha and Adhisthana 

Amaladipa's picture

Thank you so much for posting this. It felt like a blessing today and filled my heart with hope and gratitude.

Kalyanasri's picture

That was lovely. Thank you. 

Kalyanasri x

Maddava's picture

That’s beautiful.  Thank you.