I was invited to write the following little memoir as a contribution to a possible booklet to be published for Bhante’s funeral. Plans then changed, so it now seems fitting to post it on the Remembrance page for the Book of Gratitude.
Tonight, in our Buddhist centre in Ghent, we did Maitreyabandhu’s puja for Bhante in Flemish and sang mantras for him. Next to that we sat in silence and remembered our beloved teacher, did metta for him and some memories and rejoicings were shared. Also we listened to Bhante himself singing the Tiratana Vandana. May our Teacher live on through our friendships in the sangha.
i am coming to the end of a month living in christian monasteries as i wanted to write on sacredness and wanted some time on my own and i thought the conditions in monasteries very supportive. And indeed they were. In this period i read large parts of From Genesis to the Diamond Sutra and O Bhante you were so close. I am so glad to be a Buddhist, i am so glad to have come across a...
I thought I’d send you this on this so sad day. Mahamati asked me to write it for when Bhante died. I’ve sent it to Mahamati and Parami in case they want to use it on some occasion. I have re-wrtten it just now. Do use it or pass it on if you think that’s appropriate.
Who I am? I am just a little part of this process which is coming from the Buddha. … Disciple of disciple of disciple… Bhante ordained Srimala, Srimala ordained me… I am ordaining other people. I am just part of that process.
In 1968 I was born in Nagpur.
In 1978 I was ten years old and called Indu Gajbhiye. I was studying in primary school. We all were six brothers and sisters living with father and mother in a small...
I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…
In 1968 I turned 20 and was in the second year of a Maths and Physics degree. Joined my brother for a yacht trip around the South Pacific for two months, sailing to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Hove to for three days surviving a tropical cyclone. Finished my degree and started travelling in South-East Asia and India to find a Buddhist meditation teacher.
Sangharakshita’s writings from 2015 to 2018 are open to all and are now available in Kindle, ePub and PDF format.
You can find them individually on his website. There are thirty pieces altogether, covering a wide range of topics. The two most recent pieces, from April-May 2018, are Dreams Old and New 1 and 2, where Sangharakshita recalls some of the dream worlds he has inhabited, including ashrams, churches, woodlands, and outer space.
Hier soir, à la soirée Sangha, nous avons étudié les trois premières des dix entraves qui nous lient à l’existence mondaine, au samsara. Ce sont l’entrave de l’existence du soi, l’entrave de l’attachement aux observances religieuses (rites et rituels) comme à des fins en elles-mêmes, et l’entrave du doute et de l’indécision.
Sangharakshita, dans un texte intitulé Le goût de la liberté, décrit ces entraves d’une façon très utile : il en parle en termes d’habitude, de superficialité et d’imprécision.