“Wow, it’s amazing what you have achieved in 5 years! So many gems have come my way through Buddhist Centre Online. My life and practice has been enhanced by many talks, recommendations for books, reading stories of people’s lives and visuals of places and events. From Australia I feel more fully connected to this world wide movement largely via [The Buddhist Centre Online]. Sadhu sadhu sadhu and happy birthday!” - Maitripala
The pupils at the ITBCI school in Kalimpong, northern India, recite mantras for Bhante, led by the headmaster, Jampel Khalden. The school was founded for Tibetan refugee children by Bhante’s teacher, the late Dhardo Rinpoche.
(Bhante was buried with his head resting on Dhardo Rinpoche’s yellow monastic robe.)
It’s become clear that the apparently large gathering of 1,200-1,400 people in the barn at Adhisthana on Saturday for Bhante’s funeral was, in fact, a small fraction of the international audience taking part by following the day live on Facebook and YouTube, and by participating in simultaneous events at Buddhist Centres around the world.
On Saturday 10th November the funeral of Urgyen Sangharakshita took place with an estimated 1,200 to 1,400 people attending the ceremony and burial in Adhisthana. Here are some of the photographs taken by Dhammarati during this significant day in the life of our community.
So this first era of the Triratna movement has come to its end with the death of our founder and teacher, our contemporary ‘shower of the way’, Urgyen Sangharakshita. What difference will this make to the movement? Actually, the answer to that should be ‘none at all’. Sangharakshita was fully aware that his lifetime was brief, the continuation of the movement he founded depended on it functioning without him and took the necessary steps to ensure that it would.
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.
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...
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...
In deep gratitude to my teacher who has given me so much, my favourite of his poems.
Field-freshening rain, White night-rain lingering on in drizzles till the dawn, Pools of bright silver making, birthing streams In dry clay river-beds, pour down, O rain, All day, all night, pour down pour down, O rain, Pour down…
World-welfaring Compassion, Void-born Compassion diamond-hard and petal-tender, Peace to wild heartwaves bringing, birthing love On the low...