The 2012 Triratna International Retreat
The 2012 Triratna International Retreat

We must imagine the Buddha

By lokabandhu on Sun, 27 May, 2012 - 10:35
“To live the Buddhist life, to become like the Buddha, we must imagine the Buddha. The goal must be embodied in our imaginations, our deepest energies gathered in an image of what we are trying to move towards.

… Imagination has direct access to its objects, in contrast to reason, which deals with concepts derived from experience. It is a means of knowing, its truths being symbolic rather than conceptual. As it matures, imagination becomes the faculty of faculties, combining and transcending reason, emotion, and the senses, whether physical or visionary.

Those who are truly creative know very well that imagination has in it something that is more than the individual. One cannot say that the poem or painting or music came from oneself, if it is at all successful; one did not will it: the creation seemed to will itself. This is important for us to understand if we wish to develop our imaginations. For the imagination to flower we must suspend our willing and allow something new to arise from beyond our conscious identity”.

(from Re-Imagining The Buddha, published on Sangharakshita’s website)
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Sangharakshita’s Diary, April 2012

By lokabandhu on Tue, 1 May, 2012 - 05:53

Sangharakshita’s Diary, April 2012

By lokabandhu on Tue, 1 May, 2012 - 05:53Vidyaruchi, Sangharakshita’s secretary, sends us his monthly update on Sangharakshita’s health and activities, saying -

“For the first two weeks of April Bhante had a break from seeing visitors - the first such break that I have known him take. For the first week of this he was without his usual secretarial support, as I was away in Norfolk. Bhante was not idle, however, and by the time I returned he had finished the eighth instalment of ‘Reveries and...
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Sangharakshita's Diary, March 2012

By lokabandhu on Sat, 31 Mar, 2012 - 05:57

Sangharakshita's Diary, March 2012

By lokabandhu on Sat, 31 Mar, 2012 - 05:57Vidyaruci, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his usual update on highlights from the past month, saying - “Bhante’s daily routine remains constant through the change of season, with snowdrops and daffodils now embellishing his daily walk. He has felt a little more easily tired recently, for whatever reason, but has still had visitors most days, including a group of women from Colchester, and a mixed group from Tonbridge in the company of Suryaketu. Suvajra came with a Tibetan lama friend, now...
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Sangharakshita's Diary; February 2012

By lokabandhu on Sun, 11 Mar, 2012 - 05:38

Sangharakshita's Diary; February 2012

By lokabandhu on Sun, 11 Mar, 2012 - 05:38Vidyaruchi, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his monthly update on some of Sangharakshita’s activities over the last month, saying - “The end of January saw the completion of Bhante’s ‘Reveries and Reminiscences VII’, which indeed was the longest of the series so far, and on the subject of his five literary heroes. The other literary project of the moment is the checking of Living Wisely, which, like Living Ethically before it, is based on transcripts of a seminar Bhante conducted...
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Sangharakshita's Diary, January 2012

By lokabandhu on Fri, 3 Feb, 2012 - 05:57

Sangharakshita's Diary, January 2012

By lokabandhu on Fri, 3 Feb, 2012 - 05:57Vidyaruchi, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his usual update on some of Sangharakshita’s activities over the past month, saying - “As befits the time of the year it has been a quiet month for Bhante, with what may be the last Christmas he spends at Madhyamaloka marked, as usual, only by a meal with the community and a few guests followed by a chat round the log fire. This year there has been no snowy weather to preclude his walks in...
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Sangharakshita's Diary, December 2011

By lokabandhu on Tue, 10 Jan, 2012 - 05:45

Sangharakshita's Diary, December 2011

By lokabandhu on Tue, 10 Jan, 2012 - 05:45Vidyaruci, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his monthly update on Sangharakshita’s activities, saying -

“December saw Bhante giving a talk in Birmingham, at the launch of his new book Dear Dinoo: Letters to a Friend. It was his first public talk for more than a year, and his first time speaking at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre for around five years. Preceding him at the lectern was Kalyanaprabha, who spoke movingly about her experience of engaging with...
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Sangharakshita launches new book

By lokabandhu on Sat, 3 Dec, 2011 - 05:40

Sangharakshita launches new book

By lokabandhu on Sat, 3 Dec, 2011 - 05:40Jnanarakshita writes from Birmingham UK with news of the launch of Sangharakshita’s latest book, ‘Dear Dinoo: Letters to a Friend’. It’s on Saturday 10th December at 3pm, for a 3.30pm start at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre.

Kalyanaprabha, the book’s editor, will also be present, and she gives us some more details, saying “Dear Dinoo: Letters to a Friend brings together some twenty-nine letters written by Sangharakshita to a friend in Bombay over a period of nearly...
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Sangharakshita's Diary, October 2011

By lokabandhu on Fri, 18 Nov, 2011 - 10:12

Sangharakshita's Diary, October 2011

By lokabandhu on Fri, 18 Nov, 2011 - 10:12Vidyaruci, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his usual monthly account of Bhante’s activities, saying - “The highlight of the last month seems to have been Bhante’s visit to Maes Gwyn, Subhuti and Srimala’s property in the wet and sheep-filled hills of North Wales. I had the pleasure of driving Bhante there and back - five hours of driving altogether - and we arrived late morning to a warm welcome from the two residents.

After tea and cake in Srimala’s cottage,...
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New publication from Sangharakshita: Dear Dinoo: Letters to a Friend

By lokabandhu on Fri, 11 Nov, 2011 - 05:32

New publication from Sangharakshita: Dear Dinoo: Letters to a Friend

By lokabandhu on Fri, 11 Nov, 2011 - 05:32Kalyanaprabha writes from Birmingham with the announcement a new book by Sangharakshita has just been published She says -

“A new publication from Sangharakshita is now available! Dear Dinoo: Letters to a Friend brings together some twenty-nine letters written by Sangharakshita to a friend in Bombay over a period of nearly twenty years. To order directly click here.

In the course of the correspondence, Sangharakshita writes of his stay with the fascinating Dr Mehta (who believed...
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Celebrating Bhante's Birthday

By lokabandhu on Mon, 26 Sep, 2011 - 06:14

Celebrating Bhante's Birthday

By lokabandhu on Mon, 26 Sep, 2011 - 06:14Urgyen Sangharakshita’s 86th birthday was on August 26th this year, and it was marked in the middle of the Triratna Order Convention. We’ve recently received these photographs of the rather lovely card that was created for the occasion, plus a report from Viriyalila, who tells us all about it. She says:

“Bhante (‘Teacher’) Sangharakshita’s Birthday was celebrated on the Triratna International Order Convention a few days before his birthday on Sunday 21 August. Amitajyoti, a practicing artist...

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