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From Sthanashraddha

Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 22:07

From Sthanashraddha

Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 22:07

I feel honoured and so very grateful to have been able to serve Bhante as secretary in the last few years of his life. Clear and bright was his mind right up until his death, full of warmth and kindness for those that came into his sphere. 

Though we were generations apart he always took interest in what interested me and our work together was so very smooth and straightforward, which is impressive given Bhante’s poor eyesight and my general lack of secretarial...

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Deadline for submissions to the Book of Gratitude

Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 17:00

Deadline for submissions to the Book of Gratitude

Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 17:00

The deadline for submissions is Friday 30th November, so if you haven’t already, please do share your feelings of gratitude for the life of Urgyen Sangharakshita. To remind you, here are the criteria and means of submission:

Because the book will be professionally bound we ask you to follow these following simple instructions. The page will need to be:

  • A4
  • Landscape (wider than it is tall)
  • Plain paper
  • Left hand margin of 25mm to allow for binding
  • Right hand margin 20mm for balance

​Send a paper copy
Send your handwritten or printed copy to:

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Voices from the Buddhist world 14: Ani Lhamo and Lama Yeshe, Samye Ling

Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 10:58

Voices from the Buddhist world 14: Ani Lhamo and Lama Yeshe, Samye Ling

Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 10:58

A further response to news of Bhante’s death; this time from from Ani Lhamo, secretary to Lama Yeshe at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland.

It came before the funeral but it has taken some time to post all these Voices from the Buddhist world, amongst all the other funeral preparations.

“Dear Munisha,

Thanks for letting us know the sad news of Venerable Sangharakshita’s passing. We send our heartfelt condolences.

And thank you very much for inviting Lama Yeshe to...

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Thanks to Everyone Involved in the Funeral of Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita

Fri, 16 Nov, 2018 - 11:24

Thanks to Everyone Involved in the Funeral of Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita

Fri, 16 Nov, 2018 - 11:24

Dear friends,

It is almost a week since the funeral and Adhisthana is returning to normal, although of course it is a new normal. “Life is King” as Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita told us and Life goes on. The trees drop their leaves and work needs to be done. Sunday and Monday here saw community and volunteers taking down chairs, dismantling the shrine in the barn - will it ever be the same space? - and cleaning. Lots of cleaning,...

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Appreciating Bhante

Fri, 16 Nov, 2018 - 11:08

Appreciating Bhante

Fri, 16 Nov, 2018 - 11:08

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...

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Dear Bhante...

Thu, 15 Nov, 2018 - 19:52

Dear Bhante...

Thu, 15 Nov, 2018 - 19:52

Dearest Bhante thank you for all you have done for me…and so many others Boundless Metta Sajjana xxxx

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More Metta from Berlin

Thu, 15 Nov, 2018 - 19:19

More Metta from Berlin

Thu, 15 Nov, 2018 - 19:19

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...

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A personal reflection on the death of Sangharakshita

Wed, 14 Nov, 2018 - 09:44

A personal reflection on the death of Sangharakshita

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.

Yet there is...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 12: Robert Harrap

Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 12:05

Voices from the Buddhist world 12: Robert Harrap

Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 12:05

A further message of condolence from beyond Triratna, from Robert Harrap, director of Soka Gakkai UK (SGI-UK) (another one of the three largest Buddhist groups in the UK along with Triratna and the New Kadampa Tradition). He had met Bhante at the European Buddhist Union meeting at Adhisthana in September, and he attended the Bhante’s funeral.

“I was very sorry to hear the sad news about Sangharakshita passing away. I am sending prayers...

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poem by Subhadassi

Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 11:57

poem by Subhadassi

Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 11:57

Hello beings

I have been trying to absorb (or meet?) my time at Adhistana on Friday and Saturday. It was such a beautiful, and cold (!), event, with the rain largely stopping and the sun coming through as we progressed through the metta bhavana.

Anyway, as well as writing a shabda report today after I’d got the kids off to school, I wrote a poem, which I thought I’d share. 

With love from Sussex.

Subhadassi


Pilgrim
He looked lovely, I thought, unconfined by a coffin,
his nose...