The Venerable Urgyen Sangharakshita
August 26, 1925 – October 30, 2018
Information Around the Funeral and Burial Service for Urgyen Sangharakshita:
November 10th 2018, 12.30 pm UK time, at Adhisthana
We write to pass on the following message from our friends in Adhisthana in the UK, where Sangharakshita will be later today (11pm our time).
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 very steady flow of visitors, coming to visit Bhante’s body and say their farewells. There has continued to be a lovely atmosphere with tears, laughter, solemnity and joy.
People have also been able to take part in the 24 hour vigil in the main shrine and participate in the evening puja. We are also fortunate in the number of volunteers we have to help with preparations and to help in a number of ways on Saturday. It has been very special seeing the site fill up as more and more people arrive. It has been especially moving to see our overseas visitors arrive. We now have people from all areas of the world here. The Adhisthana team continue to do an extraordinary job in coordinating and organising all of this.
After the burial there will be an opportunity to strew flower petals into the grave. Please bring petals along if you would like to do this.
Order Photographs of Bhante’s Body in the Amitabha Shrine Room
We’ve had requests from Order members, who were unable to spend time sitting with Bhante’s body, for pictures of him lying in the Amitabha shrine room at Adhisthana, in order to meditate on his passing. If you’d like to you can download two images here. We will release publicly the black-and-white picture of the College with Bhante following the funeral. In the meantime, please be sensitive about sharing these images, particularly in non-Order spaces on social media. It’s very difficult to control who sees any image on spaces like Facebook and not everyone would be comfortable seeing such strong pictures in their feed.
We are confident now that we will be able to offer a live stream to cover the funeral. While we obviously cannot guarantee this, we are doing everything we possibly can to keep everyone involved wherever they are. We will be starting coverage before the ceremony and you can see updated information about streaming the service on The Buddhist Centre Online, Facebook, etc.
We need everyone at Adhisthana to switch mobile phones to Flight Mode or switch off altogether, not only out of respect but also because we need the wifi and all mobile networks kept free. Any other use of the of the internet (including phone calls) will affect our ability to share the ceremony around the world.
There will also be a video link from the barn and the burial site into the Adhisthana main shrine room to act as an overflow if needed, and in case anyone needs to come indoors because of the cold.
Paths on most of the site have hard surfaces, and matting has been laid down to provide wheelchair access round to the barn from the tarmac beyond the shrine room and women’s community. There will be a wheelchair-accessible portable toilet on site.
We will, of course, see many of you tomorrow. We do expect large numbers so please do look at previous mailings or on The Buddhist Centre Onlinefor information for travel arrangements etc. We look forward to welcoming you to Adhisthana in person and joining us around the world.
With metta at this very special time for our community,
Parami, Mahamati and Paramartha.