In commemoration of the second death anniversary of Urgyen Sangharakshita, Urgyen House is pleased to offer a new video blog. Dharmachari Paramartha recalls Bhante Sangharakshita’s final days and, from the video archive, Bhante recounts a remarkable event in Kalimpong, India.
Urgyen House is a project dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of Sangharakshita’s collection of books, letters, papers, thangkas and artefacts as well as the building in which he spent the last years of his life.
By Helen - Windhor... on Tue, 27 Oct, 2020 - 13:45
For the next two weeks we’re giving away the eBook edition of a ground-breaking text that has inspired readers for decades: Sangharakshita’s A Survey of Buddhism. The great Buddhist teacher and writer Lama Anagarika Govinda wrote, ‘It would be difficult to find a single book in which the history and development of Buddhist thought has been described as vividly and clearly as in this survey.’
The first chapter, which runs to almost two hundred pages, explores the doctrines and methods common to...
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.
We would like to invite you to attend our online commemoration of the second anniversary of Sangharakshita’s death. Throughout the day there will be various opportunities to join in as part of the worldwide sangha, and we’ll also be sharing a preview of Adhisthana’s direction with our online programme for 2021.
On this online retreat we’ll explore how to foster the Bodhisattva spirit within our own hearts as we respond to life’s ups and downs, inspired by the Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha. Seeking to keep the heart open to both joy and sorrow, we’ll be marking the anniversary of Sangharakshita’s death and celebrating Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival which marks the beginning of winter.
Suitable for regulars and people who have some experience of meditation and Buddhism. Not recommended for newcomers. See below to book.
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.
By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 12 Oct, 2020 - 16:15
Those of you who’ve been enjoying the free eBooks we’ve been giving away since March will be pleased to learn that we’re giving away another one. This time it’s the turn of one of Sangharakshita’s classics, The Bodhisattva Ideal.
How can we be happy and at the same time responsive to the suffering of others? It can be done: this is the message of the bodhisattva ideal. The image of the bodhisattva, one who wishes to gain Enlightenment for the sake...
In this video, from Urygen House, Vidyadevi introduces the work of the literary executors - and her work as series editor - of Sangharakshita’s Complete Works. Launched in October 2016, the Complete Works includes all Sangharakshita’s previously published work, as well as talks, seminars and writings published for the first time. This collection of twenty-seven volumes will represent the definitive edition of his life’s work.
Here we take a closer look at the latest volume in production - Dr. Ambedkar and...
By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 8 Oct, 2020 - 05:10
Here Sangharakshita explores how Buddhism, being the most rational of religions, appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so. Examples are four ‘myths’ from the Buddha’s biography, here correlated with four of Jung’s archetypes.