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Podcast - Starting To Say Goodbye to Sangharakshita

By Candradasa on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 23:55

A conversation with Candradasa, Munisha, Parami and Sthanashraddha towards the end of a strong week at Adhisthana, home of Urgyen Sangharakshita, who died last week at the age of 93. 

We talk about our personal relationships to the founder of the Triratna Buddhist sangha over decades, and the great change his passing represents for our community.

Join us online to begin saying farewell to a man whose long work for the Dharma transformed so many lives around the world for the good. 

www.thebuddhistcentre.com/sangharakshita

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Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

In gratitude

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 23:35

In gratitude

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 23:35

In deep gratitude to my teacher who has given me so much, my favourite of his poems.

INVOCATION

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...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Further Information Around The Funeral And Burial Service For Urgyen Sangharakshita

By Centre Team on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 22:06

Further Information Around The Funeral And Burial Service For Urgyen Sangharakshita

By Centre Team on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 22:06

Update: You can now watch a complete version of the live stream here

The funeral of the Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita, August 26, 1925 - October 30, 2018

November 10th 2018, 12.30 pm UK time, at Adhisthana

Dear friends,

We wanted to give you some last minute information for those of you coming to Adhisthana tomorrow and also an update on how things are going here.

Over the last few days we have had a...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Adhisthana prepares for Bhante's funeral

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 17:35

Adhisthana prepares for Bhante's funeral

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 17:35

Here at Adhisthana many people have been hard at work preparing for Bhante’s funeral tomorrow, and the arrival in the small village of Coddington of an estimated one thousand people via narrow country roads.

Join us online at 12.20pm UK time.

Watch this space for the live stream embedded on The Buddhist Centre Online. 
We’ll also be streaming live on YouTube and on Facebook, with a feed of regular online updates throughout on Instagram and on Twitter.

Download...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Sangharakshita remembered on BBC obituary programme Last Word

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 16:53

Sangharakshita remembered on BBC obituary programme Last Word

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 16:53

This morning Vishvapani was interviewed about Bhante by BBC Radio Four’s weekly obituary programme ‘Last Word’, broadcast this afternoon.

Listen anywhere in the world. Interview starts at 14”.

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Sangharakshita's Funeral and Burial - Order of Service

By dhammarati on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 16:14

Sangharakshita's Funeral and Burial - Order of Service

By dhammarati on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 16:14

 

The funeral of the Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita, August 26, 1925 - October 30, 2018
November 10th 2018, 12.30 pm UK time, at Adhisthana

Download the Order of Service for Sangharakshita’s Funeral and Burial

Details of how to watch or follow online...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 10: Venerable Seelawimala

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 16:11

Voices from the Buddhist world 10: Venerable Seelawimala

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 16:11

Venerable Seelawimala of the London Buddhist Vihara has sent this message of appreciation:

“Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita was a great Buddhist leader in the West. In a long and dedicated life, he authored more than seventy books and gave hundreds of lectures communicating to people all over the world and from all walks of life about the Buddha’s Dhamma. His vast writings have given tremendous inspiration to many and there are many Buddhist followers today whose lives have been transformed under his spiritual...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 9: Lama Shenpen Hookham

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:17

Voices from the Buddhist world 9: Lama Shenpen Hookham

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:17

Continuing our series of messages from Buddhists beyond Triratna, a message from Lama Shenpen of the Awakened Heart Sangha in north Wales. Lama Shenpen attended the meeting of the Buddhist Teachers in Europe recently hosted at Adhisthana, where she met Bhante again after many years. They have known each other since the 1960s when she attended classes and retreats with him.

“I’ve just returned from Adhisthana where I spent half an hour meditating beside Bhante’s body feeling the powerful and strangely joyful...

Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

Voices from the Buddhist world 8 - Sulak Sivaraksa

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:06

Voices from the Buddhist world 8 - Sulak Sivaraksa

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 13:06

Here is a further appreciation of Bhante’s life and work, from Sulak Sivaraksa of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, which will appear in the next edition of the INEB magazine ‘Seeds of Peace’.

“Sangharakshita was born Dennis Lingwood in London in 1925. When he was young, there were very few English books on Buddhism. However, he felt that he had always been a Buddhist, and began reading about the religion from the encyclopaedia and other...

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