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Amaravati monastery marks Bhante's death

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 13:32

Amaravati monastery marks Bhante's death

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 13:32

At Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire, UK, the evening chanting on the day after Bhante’s funeral was dedicated to him.

Amaravati is a monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition, run by the English Sangha Trust, who owned the Hampstead Buddhist Vihara where Bhante lived in the 1960s. 

Read about Munisha’s visit to Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Amaravati, in 2016.

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Safeguarding in Triratna: an update

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 10:18

Safeguarding in Triratna: an update

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 10:18

Since 2015, ‘Safeguarding’ has become an integral part of the life of Triratna organisations in the UK, and indeed those in many other countries, even where Safeguarding as understood in Britain is unknown. (See below for an explanation of Safeguarding.)

All Triratna centres in the UK now have Safeguarding policies and named Safeguarding officers. Triratna centres in other countries are encouraged to do the same, or to do whatever is required locally; and many have done so.

Earlier this year Triratna’s Ethics kula...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 12: Robert Harrap

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 12:05

Voices from the Buddhist world 12: Robert Harrap

By Munisha on 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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Voices from the Buddhist world 11: Egil Lothe

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 11:52

Voices from the Buddhist world 11: Egil Lothe

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 11:52

Continuing our series of messages of condolence from Buddhists beyond Triratna, here is a message from Egil Lothe, who is President of the Buddhist Federation of Norway and one of those responsible - with Triratna’s Sraddhapa - for the new Common Buddhist Text, two copies of which he gave to Bhante and the library at Adhisthana.

“Dear Munisha,

Thank you so much for for your email about Sangharakshita’s passing away and your invitation to attend his funeral. I am also very thankful to you for...

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After the funeral

By Munisha on Sat, 10 Nov, 2018 - 22:52

After the funeral

By Munisha on Sat, 10 Nov, 2018 - 22:52

Today Adhisthana welcomed 1,200-1,400 friends from many countries. They arrived throughout the morning by coach, train and car, drank 1,800 paper cups of tea and later disappeared into the darkness - after a few momentous and beautiful hours in which we said goodbye to our teacher, Bhante Sangharakshita.

I’d like to offer two impressions from today and some of Dhammarati’s photographs. (Click to see full-frame.)

The arrangements for a high quality Facebook Live online video transmission from the funeral mysteriously failed at the last minute, which...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 9: Lama Shenpen Hookham

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:17

Voices from the Buddhist world 9: Lama Shenpen Hookham

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:17

Continuing our series of messages from Buddhists beyond Triratna, a message from Lama Shenpen of the Awakened Heart Sangha in north Wales. Lama Shenpen attended the meeting of the Buddhist Teachers in Europe recently hosted at Adhisthana, where she met Bhante again after many years. They have known each other since the 1960s when she attended classes and retreats with him.

“I’ve just returned from Adhisthana where I spent half an hour meditating beside Bhante’s body feeling the powerful and strangely joyful...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 5: Venerable Dhammaratna

By Munisha on Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 - 10:05

Voices from the Buddhist world 5: Venerable Dhammaratna

By Munisha on Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 - 10:05

Another in our series of responses to Bhante’s death, from Venerable Dhammaratana at the Buddhist Library in Singapore.

“We at the Buddhist Library are very sad to hear the news of Sangharakshita’s passing away as it is a great loss to Buddhist world. The late Sangharakshita was a very great leader who had shown the special path to Buddhists and he made Buddhist literature richer with his prolific writings and his Survey of Buddhism and The Three Jewels…
 
There...

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Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 4

By Munisha on Wed, 7 Nov, 2018 - 21:33

Voices from the Buddhist world 4

By Munisha on Wed, 7 Nov, 2018 - 21:33

Continuing our series messages of condolence from Buddhists beyond Triratna, here is a message from Zen teacher Kurt Krammer of the Salzburg Buddhist Association, Austria (Buddhistische Gemeinschaft Salzburg), who convened the meeting of Buddhist Teachers in Europe at Adhisthana in October and was invited to Bhante’s funeral.

“Dear Munisha,

Thank you for the invitation! I will not be able to attend as we have arranged a contemplation morning on that day. We shall, however, seize the opportunity to commemorate a great...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 2: European Buddhist Union

By Munisha on Mon, 5 Nov, 2018 - 23:24

Voices from the Buddhist world 2: European Buddhist Union

By Munisha on Mon, 5 Nov, 2018 - 23:24

Continuing our series of messages of condolence from Buddhists beyond Triratna, here is a post from the Facebook page of the European Buddhist Union, of which Triratna has been an active member for many years.

“The EBU would like to express heartfelt condolences to the Triratna community, for the death of the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Sangharakshita, who has passed away at the age of 93, was one of...

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