Chintamani Retreat Centre is a strikingly beautiful venue for Dharma practice in any season. And as we move towards November celebrations around the Day of the Dead here in México, the 2019 Pan-American Order Convention is underway, calling us to dwell on the impermanence of things, the impermanence of us.
Fittingly for a place built from scratch 15 years ago on old sugar cane fields and surrounded by sugar cane hills, our beautiful shrine is adorned...
As we head towards celebrating the life of Ratnasuri with her funeral here at Taraloka on the 10th October 2019. This is a link to an interview with Ratnasuri, aged 90, by Samantabhadri on the retreat ‘Facing Death, Embracing Life’ at Taraloka November 2013.
An alert, thoughtful Ratnasuri chats about inspiration, old age, her death and re-birth, Bhante, Taraloka, Amitabha and Vajrayogini.
At Sangharakshita’s funeral the Adhisthana trees were filled with golden leaves and the cosmos still flowered burgundy and pink in the formal gardens. The weather changed from a chill breeze to warm sunshine, and heavy rain showers slowly gave way to clear skies stirred with barred clouds, turning ochre in the fading light. It was an autumn scene and filled, for me, with the evocations of autumn when the year declines towards winter, with all its intimations of mortality.
C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous annonçons le décès le 30 octobre 2018 de Sangharakshita, le fondateur de l’Ordre bouddhiste Triratna et de la Communauté bouddhiste Triratna. Voici une brève présentation de sa vie et de ses enseignements.
Les premières années Sangharakshita est né sous le nom de Dennis Lingwood dans une famille ouvrière, à Tooting, au sud de Londres, en 1925. À l’âge de neuf ans, on lui diagnostiqua un problème cardiaque (ce qui plus tard s’avéra être un diagnostic...
With great sadness we inform you of the passing away of Urgyen Sangharakshita, today, 30th October 2018, at approximately 10 am in Hereford Hospital. He had been diagnosed with pneumonia and this morning the consultant said that he also had sepsis, from which recovery was not possible.
Please join with us as we direct our metta towards Bhante, recollecting his wonderful qualities and remembering with gratitude all that he has given to so many of us. Local Centres around the world may...
During the 2018 Combined Order Weekend in Adhisthana, Dayajoti talks about a newly forming project - the Tara Sanctuary and Natural Burial Ground which has a vision of creating a beautiful ecological burial ground and retreat site. Here she speaks about the what the natural burial movement is about, the links between nature, death and the land, how it connects with Buddhist practice and where the project is currently at.
This FBA Dharmabyte is called ‘Our Pure Nature’ by Aryajaya. From the talk entitled ‘Vajrasattva’ who is associated with Purity and with the time of death. Aryajaya helps us to engage more deeply with the meaning and symbolism of Vajrasattva.
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte ”Fear, Terror, and Heroic Virtues” is an exploration of the cremation ground as a symbol of transformation. Are we ready to face our own death, and the total transformation it symbolises? From the talk “The Symbolism of the Cremation Ground and the Celestial Maidens”