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Seattle Sangha gathers to mark Bhante’s passing

By Jo Wace on Wed, 31 Oct, 2018 - 04:05

Seattle Sangha gathers to mark Bhante’s passing

By Jo Wace on Wed, 31 Oct, 2018 - 04:05

Tonight the Seattle Sangha gathered to honor the passing of our beloved teacher with meditation, a threefold puja and chanting of the Padmasambhava and Amitabha mantras. As part of the metta bhavana we brought to mind all the beings whose lives had been affected by Bhante’s life and teaching. We send our love to all.

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Carrying the Flame

By Carol Robertson on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 21:22

Carrying the Flame

By Carol Robertson on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 21:22

Like so many friends today, I am absorbing and reflecting on the passing of my teacher Urgyen Sangharakshita (Bhante). Only a week ago I was at Adhisthana, Bhante’s home, working with the amazing people from Friends of the Sangharakshita Library. Having Danasamudra passing on Bhante’s heartfelt appreciation for the work that we were doing in his memorial library, was so touching as was his emphasis on her passing this appreciation to us. He stressed the importance of this library and his legacy...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

After Shrine dedication in Dusseldorf, Germany

By Sraddhabandhu on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 20:55

After Shrine dedication in Dusseldorf, Germany

By Sraddhabandhu on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 20:55

It was just three weeks ago I met Banthe. We talked about his latest writings about Islam, about the EBU congress 1991 in Berlin, Ole Nydal, Ayya Khema, and he even remembered when he did the Shrine dedication ceremony for our little group in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was 2007 when this photo was taken.

At the end of your chat there was a knock at the door. I stood up and said...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Gratitude to Bhante

By Nagapriya on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 19:49

Gratitude to Bhante

By Nagapriya on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 19:49

Our spiritual teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita has died. I don´t feel sad (at least not now), just immensely grateful for the courageous, intelligent, and generous life he lived. I had the fortune to meet with him just a couple of months ago along with a group of Mexican friends and he was so welcoming, relaxed, and friendly to us. His teachings have created the context for the whole of my life and I will proudly continue to practise and share them to...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

First meditation for Bhante in Mexico City

By sanghadhara on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 19:05

First meditation for Bhante in Mexico City

By sanghadhara on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 19:05

Mexico city woke up with the news about our teacher’s dead. This is a pic of their first meditation this morning for bhante. Many centre’s around the world are meditating, chanting and doing puja, Mexico City is only one of many holding events. 

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Video of Bhante's Images

By sanghadhara on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 18:07

Video of Bhante's Images

By sanghadhara on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 18:07

Dear sangha,

Here is a video of Bhante’s images that we’ve put together at clear vision as an offering for this time.

You may want to project it at your centre or group, or just watch it at home while chanting some mantras, doing puja or however you’ll mark our teachers death.

Metta to you all, it is hard to know what to say. 

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

What bhante meant to me

By Simon gorvin on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 17:59

What bhante meant to me

By Simon gorvin on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 17:59

It was my birthday, it felt like everything had fallen apart around me and I felt alone and desperate. I’d spent the past few years driving everyone and everything I cared about away and refusing to acknowledge that I was struggling and needed help. Instead I numbed my pain with drugs and alcohol… But that can only work for so long and in the weeks building up to my birthday it wasn’t enough… I didn’t know what else to do...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Sevenfold Puja for Bhante Sangharakshita

Sevenfold Puja for Bhante Sangharakshita

By Maitreyabandhu on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 14:08

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.

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Sharing to the Remembrance Page

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 13:18

Sharing to the Remembrance Page

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 13:18

If you would like to share your memories of Sangharakshita, or your response to his passing, you can choose + post something above and your contribution will be shared on the remembrance page. We’ll keep them here as an archive too. 

You can add video, favourite talks by Sangharakshita, photos or other media that communicates your thoughts and feelings.

Your post should appear shortly after you send it to us.

Read Sangharakshita’s obituary

Contribute to the printed Book of Gratitude...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Urgyen Sangharakshita 1925-2018

By Munisha on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 11:27

Urgyen Sangharakshita 1925-2018

By Munisha on Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 - 11:27

With great sadness we inform you of the passing away of Urgyen Sangharakshita, today, 30th October 2018, at approximately 10 am in Hereford Hospital. He had been diagnosed with pneumonia and this morning the consultant said that he also had sepsis, from which recovery was not possible. 

Please join with us as we direct our metta towards Bhante, recollecting his wonderful qualities and remembering with gratitude all that he has given to so many of us. Local Centres around the world may...

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