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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...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

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...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

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...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 4 - Kurt Krammer of the Salzburg Buddhist Association, Austria

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

Voices from the Buddhist world 4 - Kurt Krammer of the Salzburg Buddhist Association, Austria

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...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

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...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 1: Lama Ganchen, Italy

By Munisha on Mon, 5 Nov, 2018 - 05:38

Voices from the Buddhist world 1: Lama Ganchen, Italy

By Munisha on Mon, 5 Nov, 2018 - 05:38

As news of Bhante’s death has spread, we’ve been receiving messages of condolence from Buddhist leaders in other traditions. I’ll be posting a few, day by day, starting with this message from Italy.

“To The Triratna Buddhist Order and Community,

The Kunpen Lama Gangchen Association and its members 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. Ven. Sangharakshita was one of the major figures for the...

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

Buddhist Teachers in Europe at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Oct, 2018 - 21:24

Buddhist Teachers in Europe at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Oct, 2018 - 21:24

This year’s meeting of the Buddhist Teachers in Europe (BTE) was hosted by Triratna at Adhisthana at the very start of October. Following straight on from the European Buddhist Union meeting it was much smaller: eight to 10 people attended each day, including Sangharakshita. BTE is a chance for informal discussion on topics of current common interest, this year on the topic of ‘Buddhists in Dialogue with European Societies’, taken from the title of a conference held in Berlin in...

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

European Buddhist Union weekend at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Oct, 2018 - 18:58

European Buddhist Union weekend at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Oct, 2018 - 18:58

The last weekend in September saw the annual gathering of the European Buddhist Union (EBU), this year hosted by Triratna at Adhisthana. This was followed as always by the annual meeting of the group, Buddhist Teachers in Europe (BTE). Both were enormously successful meetings in terms of the working atmosphere and topics, and people’s enjoyment of each other and their surroundings. (I attend both each year, in my capacity as Triratna’s Liaison officer, looking after...

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

Triratna Safeguarding talk at the German Buddhist Union

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Oct, 2018 - 18:10

Triratna Safeguarding talk at the German Buddhist Union

By Munisha on Sat, 20 Oct, 2018 - 18:10

I’d like to report briefly on a visit to the German Buddhist Union (DBU) annual meeting in April this year – with apologies for the considerable lateness of this report.

The Diamond Way Sangha, at their wonderful lakeside Europe Centre in Bavaria, were wonderful hosts to around 50 representatives from various Buddhist traditions in Germany, including Triratna’s Vidyagita and Karunada. Their theme being ethics in sanghas, I was invited to address them on the topic...

Triratna in the Buddhist World
Triratna in the Buddhist World

New Buddhist union for Ireland

By Munisha on Wed, 16 May, 2018 - 11:45

New Buddhist union for Ireland

By Munisha on Wed, 16 May, 2018 - 11:45

Over on Triratna News, read all about the creation of Ireland’s first umbrella group for Buddhist organisations.

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