On the 30th October 2019 there was a community practice day at Adhisthana to mark the first anniversary of the death of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist community. Sangharakshita spent the last few years of his life at Adhisthana and is now buried there.
During that day Saddhanandi, the chair of Adhisthana, interviewed Sona about his relationship with Sangharakshita. Sona was ordained by Sangharakshita in 1974 and had a long-standing friendship with him.
What the world needs, and has always needed, are people dedicated to helping both themselves and others to overcome suffering. This is the essence of the Bodhisattva Ideal. With the ever-increasing population in the world there is more and more suffering, so there is an urgent need for us to extend an even larger hand of friendship to all beings.
We have our wonderful urban Buddhist and Retreat centres that help people find ways to deal with the fundamental problem of dukkha...
After 24 years in a basement under the yard behind a block of flats, the Stockholm sangha has risen up! Thanks to the force that is Vajradarshini, our Chair, the first weekend in December saw us move into former shop premises on a busy main street at 89 Hornsgatan.
Although very slightly smaller than the old centre, our new centre is a dream, with five windows and a warm and welcoming kitchen which has instantly become our sangha’s home, especially in mid-winter...
21 men were ordained recently at Bhaja retreat centre in India on a retreat led by Sona. It was a coming together of men from Australia, New Zealand and India for an unusual event cutting across cultural boundaries.
With these ordinations, there are now over 2000 Order members worldwide.
Eric Barrett (Sydney) becomes: Maitribandha
Meaning of name: He who is bound by Maitri...