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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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Vishangka

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

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Amoghavajra

With deep gratitude.

Sat, 1 Dec, 2018 - 05:11

With deep gratitude.

Sat, 1 Dec, 2018 - 05:11It’s very hard to imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn’t come across the Glasgow Buddhist Centre just over forty years ago. As a naively enthusiastic young man it was my good fortune to meet Bhante first through his talks and the order members inspired by his teaching the Dharma, then later more personally through individual meetings and in 1982 through ordination. That ordination, witnessing, gave me a tremendous confidence to practice a Buddhist Path -...
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Jnanacandra

In gratitude to my teacher Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita

Thu, 29 Nov, 2018 - 23:45

In gratitude to my teacher Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita

Thu, 29 Nov, 2018 - 23:45

My parents gave me my life and raised me with love, thereby giving me a stable and healthy basis for my entire life, for which I feel deeply grateful to them.

But in my adult life, the greatest formative influence has been my teacher, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita.

I had met the Dharma and caught (some) fire before I met him or fwbo/Triratna. But would the Dharma ever have become the central focal point in my life that it did become, had I then embarked...

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 Dear Jhanachandrs, thank you for sharing your love and appreciation and gratitude for all you have received from your teacher Bhante Sangharakshita and for what he has  given you and so many others and for what he has accomplished

with much metta  Dharmabandhu 

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Amalasiddhi

Gratitude to Bhante

Tue, 27 Nov, 2018 - 13:51

Gratitude to Bhante

Tue, 27 Nov, 2018 - 13:51Gratitude to Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita My parents gave me the precious gift of life, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita gave me the precious gift of a direction, a way for this human life to be fulfilled. He passed on the teachings of the Buddha that lead to the fulfilment of the deepest wish of the heart. As an adolescent I was desperate to find a way of life that would lead to such fulfilment and to the alleviation of suffering in the...
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Thank you Amalasiddhi,  it’s great to read your gratitude and appreciation for Bhante and all that he has done. I rejoice in your aspirations and commitment to The Three Jewels.

 With much metta Dharmabandhu  

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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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Dayapakshini

Sat, 24 Nov, 2018 - 10:31

Dayapakshini

Sat, 24 Nov, 2018 - 10:31

In the half light of a November day, damp and drizzly I remember our teacher who let go of his body, seemingly easily and has escaped this wintry darkness. Despite him being 93 and frail I was not ready for Bhante’s death. I sobbed aloud when I read the news. Selfishly, of course, I wanted him to stay a bit longer, maybe I’d see him one more time. But also, I was glad that he had a relatively easy passing.The last...

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Michael Etzold

Bhante Memorial shrine in Tübingen (Germany)

Fri, 23 Nov, 2018 - 16:35

Bhante Memorial shrine in Tübingen (Germany)

Fri, 23 Nov, 2018 - 16:35

Our small Triratna group in Tübingen (southern Germany) held a special Memorial Session early November 2018.

Dharmapushpa, our local Order Member, led a very moving sevenfold Puja and we meditated on our gratitude to Bhante and the impetus its gives to our practice. Now, that our Founder is gone, I feel even more encouraged to make my practice cutting-edge and share the Dharma, that Sangharakshita has...

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