Au centre bouddhiste Triratna de Paris nous nous sommes rassemblés, venus de Chambéry, de Clermont-Ferrand, de Paris et même de Cheltenham, pour l’après-midi des funérailles de Bhante. Nous y avons suivi à peu près le même programme qu’au même moment à Adhisthana, en suivant par moments...
People from Triratna Finland and friends gathered for the weekend retreat ’Mantra: Heart of Devotion’, which included chanting the five mantras requested by Bhante for the period around his death, and a special puja with reminiscences of our teacher, as well watching the live streaming of Sangharakshita’s funeral ceremony. Further gatherings of the Finnish sangha with remembrances and pujas also took place...
I first came along in early 1978 to the LBC, and met Bhante that Christmas while on a womens’ retreat at Street Farm in Norfolk. It was my first retreat and I felt a bit overwhelmed by the intensity and mid-winter darkness of it all - I was used to sunny Australian Christmas beach barbecues, beer, surf and sandflies. I was also a bit trepedacious about the arrival of a group of radical feminist LESBIANS who were about...
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...
Posted by SianPodmore on Wed, 14 Nov, 2018 - 09:44
So this first era of the Triratna movement has come to its end with the death of our founder and teacher, our contemporary ‘shower of the way’, Urgyen Sangharakshita. What difference will this make to the movement? Actually, the answer to that should be ‘none at all’. Sangharakshita was fully aware that his lifetime was brief, the continuation of the movement he founded depended on it functioning without him and took the necessary steps to ensure that it would.
Posted by HERVE PRECIOSO on Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 - 13:10
What I found most fascinating with Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita are his unique ways to draw one to Dharma thru his example and his recounting Dharma. Bhante displays a thirst for more, better, purer Dharma, never content with his achievements until he reaches the path of no more learning.
His expounding Dharma is marvelously musical, sharp, insightful, of an inexpressible flavor. The complete set of Dharma teachings are encompassed in his vision.
Posted by Natascha Trolle on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 14:55
I am incredibly happy that I got the chance to meet with Sangharakshita in person at Adhistana in April 2018. He was so kind and present and knowledgeable, so the conversation was easy. When he understood I was a gemmologist, he took out some stones and made me choose one. I still have it in my purse….
I was in India when the news of his death reached me and I felt he was with me on the yoga mat every morning the following days.
At our meeting I could also feel his mild sense of humour when I was teaching him a little about the stones we were looking at;