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Voices from the Buddhist world 15: Bhante S Dhammika (2)

By Munisha on Thu, 31 Jan, 2019 - 18:53

Voices from the Buddhist world 15: Bhante S Dhammika (2)

By Munisha on Thu, 31 Jan, 2019 - 18:53

Sorry for this very delayed post: an interesting appreciation of Triratna and the vision of its founder from Venerable S. Dhammika, of the Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society, Singapore, who previously expressed his appreciation of Bhante shortly after Bhante’s death.

Imagining an new, ideal, form of Buddhism for today, he suggests it could be governed by an organisation such as Triratna. Later he notes that his ideal is not a pipe dream because it has already been envisaged and brought into being in Triratna (which he...

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Amaravati monastery marks Bhante's death

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 13:32

Amaravati monastery marks Bhante's death

By Munisha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 13:32

At Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire, UK, the evening chanting on the day after Bhante’s funeral was dedicated to him.

Amaravati is a monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition, run by the English Sangha Trust, who owned the Hampstead Buddhist Vihara where Bhante lived in the 1960s. 

Read about Munisha’s visit to Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Amaravati, in 2016.

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Voices from the Buddhist world 14: Ani Lhamo and Lama Yeshe, Samye Ling

By Munisha on Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 10:58

Voices from the Buddhist world 14: Ani Lhamo and Lama Yeshe, Samye Ling

By Munisha on Mon, 19 Nov, 2018 - 10:58

A further response to news of Bhante’s death; this time from from Ani Lhamo, secretary to Lama Yeshe at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland.

It came before the funeral but it has taken some time to post all these Voices from the Buddhist world, amongst all the other funeral preparations.

“Dear Munisha,

Thanks for letting us know the sad news of Venerable Sangharakshita’s passing. We send our heartfelt condolences.

And thank you very much for inviting Lama Yeshe to...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 12: Robert Harrap

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 12:05

Voices from the Buddhist world 12: Robert Harrap

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 12:05

A further message of condolence from beyond Triratna, from Robert Harrap, director of Soka Gakkai UK (SGI-UK) (another one of the three largest Buddhist groups in the UK along with Triratna and the New Kadampa Tradition). He had met Bhante at the European Buddhist Union meeting at Adhisthana in September, and he attended the Bhante’s funeral.

“I was very sorry to hear the sad news about Sangharakshita passing away. I am sending prayers...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 11: Egil Lothe

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 11:52

Voices from the Buddhist world 11: Egil Lothe

By Munisha on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018 - 11:52

Continuing our series of messages of condolence from Buddhists beyond Triratna, here is a message from Egil Lothe, who is President of the Buddhist Federation of Norway and one of those responsible - with Triratna’s Sraddhapa - for the new Common Buddhist Text, two copies of which he gave to Bhante and the library at Adhisthana.

“Dear Munisha,

Thank you so much for for your email about Sangharakshita’s passing away and your invitation to attend his funeral. I am also very thankful to you for...

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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...

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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...

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Voices from the Buddhist world 8

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

Voices from the Buddhist world 8

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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Voices from the Buddhist world 7

By Munisha on Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 - 15:12

Voices from the Buddhist world 7

By Munisha on Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 - 15:12

Continuing our series of appreciations of Bhante from Buddhists around the world, here is a message from Venerable S. Dhammika, Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society, Singapore.

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Sangharashita, but only a little and just for a few moments. All lives end in death and can only be said to be tragic if they are cut short or leave nothing of consequence behind. Sangharashita’s life was a long and full one and his...

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