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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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Extracts from a Puja for Urgyen Sangharakshita on the Evening of His Funeral and Burial

Sun, 25 Nov, 2018 - 21:28

On the evening of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s funeral and burial, after the departure of most of the 1,200 guests, those who remained gathered together to perform a special, final sevenfold puja and close an extraordinary day. 

Padmavajra led the devotional ritual, specifically dedicated to Padmasambhava. In this extract we hear Surata reading verses to Vajrasattva known as ‘The Confounder of Hell’, followed by a rousing version of the Great Guru of Tibet’s mantra. 

Voices were uplifted and many offerings made: to say a last farewell...

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Sangharakshita's funeral

Tue, 20 Nov, 2018 - 14:49

Dear Order members and Sangha

I thought I’d like to share a compilation of some photos I took on the day of Bhante’s funeral. They are in the form of a short slide show with some music. 

I do hope you find this useful

with all warm wishes


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Starting To Say Goodbye to Sangharakshita

Sat, 10 Nov, 2018 - 00:22

A conversation with Candradasa, Munisha, Parami and Sthanashraddha towards the end of a strong week at Adhisthana, home of Urgyen Sangharakshita, who died last week at the age of 93. 

We talk about our personal relationships to the founder of the Triratna Buddhist sangha over decades, and the great change his passing represents for our community.

Join us online to begin saying farewell to a man whose long work for the Dharma transformed so many lives around the world for the good. ...

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Remembering Bhante (Ghent)

Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 12:52
Last night again a night in celebration and remembrance of Bhante with anecdotes of people whom have met him, mantra chanting and some readings from his work. Bhante has touched many many hearts in different ways.
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Memoir of Bhante in the Early Days​

Sat, 3 Nov, 2018 - 19:51

I was invited to write the following little memoir as a contribution to a possible booklet to be published for Bhante’s funeral. Plans then changed, so it now seems fitting to post it on the Remembrance page for the Book of Gratitude.

With warm wishes to all at this strong time.


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DhBuddhapalita's picture

Thanks so much Abhaya. love buddhapalita

law60's picture

Thank you Abhaya, that was a beautiful memoir of some of your memories of the early days you shared with Bhante. Linda

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Thanks Abhaya. I love these vignettes of the early days and I’m glad some have been recorded like this. I could happily read a lot more if you were willing to write it. 

It was so very different for me turning up at the Auckland Buddhist Centre in 1994 (ten years into New Zealand’s Neoliberal revolution) troubled by depression and the side effects antidepressant drugs wondering if meditation would help. It did not (often it made things a lot worse). But I did discover a community of people who were not at all magical, but who were friendly and enthusiastic. I almost immediately knew I wanted to be a part of this and most of the time they seemed to want me as well. However, as has been the pattern of my entire life, I am once again suffering anxiety and depression, feeling like an outsider, and living on the social margins unable to maintain human connections. Sangharakshita’s death has made me acutely aware of this.

I envy you meeting Sangharakshita when and where you did. And I’m grateful that you and your peers built the movement along with him. Thanks. 

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Ah, this was so delightful to read. Thank you for writing and sharing it.

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Thank you Abhaya, an evocative account of Bhante. It was obvious how much your friendship with Bhante enriched your life, and what a wonderfully open and experimental spirit he had. 


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Puja for Bhante in Ghent

Thu, 1 Nov, 2018 - 21:58

Tonight, in our Buddhist centre in Ghent, we did Maitreyabandhu’s puja for Bhante in Flemish and sang mantras for him. Next to that we sat in silence and remembered our beloved teacher, did metta for him and some memories and rejoicings were shared. Also we listened to Bhante himself singing the Tiratana Vandana. May our Teacher live on through our friendships in the sangha.

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book of gratitude contribution

Wed, 31 Oct, 2018 - 09:31

Dear beloved, dearest Teacher

i am coming to the end of a month living in christian monasteries as i wanted to write on sacredness and wanted some time on my own and i thought the conditions in monasteries very supportive. And indeed they were. In this period i read large parts of From Genesis to the Diamond Sutra and O Bhante you were so close. I am so glad to be a Buddhist, i am so glad to have come across a...

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Sevenfold Puja for Bhante Sangharakshita

Sevenfold Puja for Bhante Sangharakshita

Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 14:08

I thought I’d send you this on this so sad day. Mahamati asked me to write it for when Bhante died. I’ve sent it to Mahamati and Parami in case they want to use it on some occasion. I have re-wrtten it just now. Do use it or pass it on if you think that’s appropriate.

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Thank you Maitreyabandhu.      

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DhBuddhapalita's picture

thank you so much Maitreyabhandu.

PaulCouparHennessy's picture

Thank you Maitreyabandhu.

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Thank you Maitreyabandhu, we used it tonight in York and it helped to make the evening very special indeed.