Subhadramati, with characteristic inspiration, shares a memory of Sangharakshita’s last public appearance before his death, and unfolds the significance this image for us as his disciples. She brings this into relationship with our practice of ethics, articulated through the three robes of Padmasambhava.
Prasannavira offers insight into the the essence of Padmasambhava – purity, love, skillful means. With a fearless embracing of experience, taking whatever appears as the Path, facing of inconvenience both personal and external deeper truths, we become the change we’d like to see in the world.
According to Tibetan tradition, in the bardo, an ‘intermediate state’ in the endless round of birth and death, we are free for an instant from that round. The Tibetan book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol) describes six of these opportunities for escape from reactivity. Here Sangharakshita explores our resistance to facing death and the impact of the esoteric teachings of Padmasambhava.
Karunagita explores emptiness through Padmasambhava’s advice to Queen Ngang Chung:
During the time of insight which is surrounded by a calm, gentle aura, openness and appearance are inseparable. The six senses come forth, though appearance and voidness are inseparable; this is the real foundation, without which no means exists.
The final evening of the 2019 Triratna International Gathering culminated in a rousing Padmasambhava puja led by Singhamati. Invoking Padmasambhava, himself a master magician, was a fitting end to the “Alchemy of the Dharma”.
Here are two of the mantras from this final puja: firstly, an energetic version, with drums and harmony, and then concluding with the ‘longing’ Padmasambhava mantra as the evening drew to a close…
Kachu Rimpoche was a man of great learning, renowned as a deep meditator and visionary, and a gifted sculptor. Rimpoche went out of his way to befriend Sangharakshita. In 1960, on Jampyang Khyentse’s recommendation, Kachu Rimpoche initiated Sangharakshita into the practice of Guru Padmasambhava. At the same time Kachu Rimpoche gave Sangharakshita a new name: Urgyen,...