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Happy Birthday, Bhante!

By Munisha on Sat, 22 Aug, 2015 - 20:46

Happy Birthday, Bhante!

By Munisha on Sat, 22 Aug, 2015 - 20:46

This morning saw Sarvananda giving a talk entitled “Communicating the Dharma through the arts: show, don’t tell”. As with Maitreyabandhu yesterday, we were by turns laughing hysterically and delving deep. Declaring a suspicion of standup comedy he tried demonstrating standup tragedy - in a Greek mask - and later ventriloquism with a shaggy-haired glove puppet character claiming to be a 15 year-old newly ordained anagarika Direct Pointing guide.

Grey weather turned very hot and humid this afternoon. Mahasukha’s Soulful singing group gave...

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Triratna News

Sangharakshita receives £110,000 for his 90th birthday

By Munisha on Sat, 22 Aug, 2015 - 18:15

Sangharakshita receives £110,000 for his 90th birthday

By Munisha on Sat, 22 Aug, 2015 - 18:15

This afternoon at Adhisthana, during sudden and dramatic thunderous rain, Sangharakshita attended the UK and Ireland Order Weekend to mark his 90th birthday. Here he was presented with £110,000 given by over a thousand people from around the world of Triratna. Sadhu, everyone!

The money is for the publication of his Complete Works, and for translations into many languages.

Four hundred members of the Order are at Adhisthana this weekend, including some from mainland Europe, Mexico, India and Australia. In today’s...

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Music, haiku and gratitude

By Munisha on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 23:51

Music, haiku and gratitude

By Munisha on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 23:51

Yesterday’s grey morning here at Adhisthana was greatly brightened by Maitreyabandhu’s talk, “What good are the arts?”, combining his usual mixture of depth and self-deprecating hilarity and including a particularly moving description of being “lifted up” by music, and grief at separation from the beautiful. The talk ended with the launch of his new book, The Journey and the Guide.

The many arts events today, planned and impromptu, included a haiku workshop and a performance by a small...

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Conscious Surrender To The Beautiful - Choral Performance

By Candradasa on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 18:01

A beautiful performance (on only 2 rehearsals!) from the on-site choir as part of the weekend celebrating both the Arts in spiritual life and the 90th birthday of Urgyen Sangharakshita.

Featuring:
01 Vipulakirti’s setting of words from The Dhammapada
02 The Deathless Dharma (in Praise of Avalokiteshvara) by Bodhivajra
03 Meditation - a poem by Sangharakshita set by Manidhara (Graham Patterson)
04 Milarepa’s Eight Wonderful Examples by Viplulakirti Followed by Avalokiteshvara Mantra
...

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Maitreyabandhu - What Good Are the Arts? (with Book Launch)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 17:11

Maitreyabandhu has long been a champion of the Arts as a viable path of spiritual practice in the Buddhist context. And here is an unapologetic but nuanced - in many ways delightfully good humoured and cultured - look at why the Arts must be part of a wider perspective on life if they are to be any good to us. 

Drawing on sources as diverse as John Carey and Wagner via Elizabeth Bishop and Hello Kitty, Maitreyabandhu illustrates why the Arts detached...

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The Sangharakshita@90 Exhibition: Nine Decades

By Candradasa on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 11:26

Sanghamani and Abhayanara in the Sangharakshita Library at Adhisthana in England, discussing the beautiful new exhibition to mark Sangharakshita’s life via objects from each of his nine decades.

See all posts from the Conscious Surrender to the Beautiful weekend

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Conscious Surrender To The Beautiful - Introduction, Dedication Ceremony and White Tara Mantra

By Candradasa on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 00:01

Lokeshvara and Parami, the International Order Convenors, lead off the weekend with a delightful introduction, the Triratna Dedication Ceremony, and the White Tara mantra chanted for Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of the Order itself.

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Ten thousand years of Dharma practice arrive at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 22:35

Ten thousand years of Dharma practice arrive at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 22:35

Around 370 Order members have arrived at Adhisthana this evening. The cars are lined up in the field, many tents have gone up, and we have a marquee shrine room. The Adhisthana community and a lot of volunteers have worked very hard all week to get ready.

This evening’s shrine room activities were led by the Order Convenors, Lokeshvara and Parami. Lokeshvara asked us to put our hands up if our Dharma lives had started over 20 years ago. Most of us...

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Conscious Surrender To The Beautiful - Live Coverage All Weekend

By Centre Team on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 13:37

Conscious Surrender To The Beautiful - Live Coverage All Weekend

By Centre Team on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 13:37

This weekend over 400 members of the Triratna Buddhist Order will gather to share inspiration around the place of the Arts in contemporary Buddhist spiritual life. Timed as part of the celebrations to mark Sangharakshita’s 90th birthday, there will be a host of talks, events, rituals, and happenings exploring poetry and literature, the visual arts and music - all in the glorious setting of Adhisthana and the English countryside. Come rain or shine we’ll be there covering the...

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