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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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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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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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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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Sangharakshita's Funeral - Eulogies

Tue, 4 Dec, 2018 - 23:47

Urgyen Sangharakshita, 1925-2018, was laid to rest at his home in Adhisthana on November 10th 2018.

Here are the main welcoming speeches and eulogies from Sangharakshita’s close friends and colleagues as they say their own goodbyes to our teacher.

Recorded at Adhisthana, November 2018.

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Bhante at Padmaloka

Tue, 4 Dec, 2018 - 10:41

Bhante founded Padmaloka in 1976, living here for twelve years until moving to London in 1988, afterwards visiting us as often as he was able to. In many ways Bhante never left Padmaloka, he lit a sacred flame here which we still tend. We’ve always been crystal clear that he is our teacher and we are his disciples, regardless of the vicissitudes that intermittently sweep through the Order and movement. The last time I saw Bhante, during this summer’s European Chair’s Assembly at...

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The Sunflower's Farewell

Sun, 2 Dec, 2018 - 21:16

To honour Bhante, I offer this talk I gave recently at Manchester Buddhist Centre on Sangha Day. In it I reflect on the glow of sangha that I witnessed in various ways after his death. I also reflect on a teaching from Bhante on the meaning of sangha and friendship. With much love and gratitude to my precious teacher.

Vishangka