The Funeral and Burial Service for Urgyen Sangharakshita

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).

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 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.

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

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.

Live coverage

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.

Disabled access

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.

Sangharakshita and Buddhadasa

Tuesday, 13th November:
Sangharakshita on ‘The Ideal of Human Enlightenment’

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November:
Buddhadasa Seminar on the ‘Wheel of Life’

Tuesday, 20th November:
Q&A with Buddadhasa

At our sangha evening next Tuesday, we will be listening to a talk from our founder Sangharakshita, who died last week, which he gave in 1975 on the theme ‘The Ideal of Human Enlightenment’.  This is an inspiring and very accessible talk which gives a great introduction to Sangharakhita and his vision of the Buddha and its relevance for us today.

On the following Tuesday we will be visited by Buddhadasa (pictured here to the right of Sangharakshita) for a Q&A. Buddhadasa was ordained in 1972 and has been a devoted and tireless disciple of Sangharakshita, being instrumental in the creation of several Buddhist centres around the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from him about these experiences and ask any questions you may have.

As a reminder, following our previous post, please note that during the intervening weekend Buddhadasa is leading a seminar on the subject of the Wheel of Life, for more information on this, please follow this link to our earlier post.

All are welcome.

Death Of Sangharakshita

We write to inform you of the death of Urgyen Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. He passed away on 30th October 2018 at approximately 10am GMT in Hereford Hospital, UK. Earlier that day, he had been diagnosed with pneumonia, after which he developed sepsis.

Please join with us as we direct our metta towards Bhante Sangharakshita, remembering with gratitutude all that he has given to so many of us. Bhante asked that the following mantras be chanted at the time of his death: Shakyamuni, Green Tara, Manjushri, Amitabha and Padmasambhava.

The funeral and burial will take place at Adhisthana Retreat Centre in the UK.  More details of this and an online memorial space are to be found here and a brief account of Sangharakshita’s life and teachings is given here.

At our Sangha Night next Tuesday, November 6th from 6.45pm, we will come together at 96 Halifax Street to chant, meditate and perform Puja for Urgyen Sangharakshita.  All are welcome. Please bring a white flower if you would like to make an offering.

 

Wild Awake: On Solitary Retreats

Talk and Discussion at Sangha Night this Tuesday, 30th October
Wild Awake: On Solitary Retreats

A popular form of retreat within the Triratna Buddhist Community is the Solitary Retreat, in which you spend time alone, usually in beautiful natural settings and away from life’s usual distractions, allowing the mind to relax and settle.

Solitary retreats can take many flavours including meditation, reading, study, reflection, writing, recitation, art, poetry, walking, yoga and doing nothing, or simply being. Its an opportunity to follow your own path, entering into the unknown, the secret realm of nature and the mind.

Rich will introduce the theme with a talk based on his own experience of solitary retreats and a recent book by Vajragupta entitled Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature.

From Ambedkar in India to the Gypsies in Hungary: Sangha Night 23rd October

the first mitra ceremony in Hungary, 2006
Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the world:
Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary
 

After a lifetime’s work campaigning to liberate Untouchables from the horrors of the caste system in India, Dr. Ambedkar, born an Untouchable himself,  came to the conclusion the Buddha and his Dhamma was the way forward to freedom, not only for Untouchables, but for all humankind.Join us next Tuesday night to hear from the Gypsy people themselves (their preferred term) how Ambedkar’s Dhamma revolution has ignited their own pathway to liberation. Come along and see how Ambedkar’s catch-cry ‘educate, agitate, organise’ is being brought alive by the Gypsies in present-day Hungary.

The greatest thing that the Buddha has done is to tell the world that it cannot be reformed except by the reformation of the mind of the individual and the mind of the world.” Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Weekly Sangha Night commences every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm at
96 Halifax St in the city. Everyone welcome.

Celebrating Dr Ambedkar

Celebrating Dr Ambedkar
Sangha Night 16 Oct
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

Every year on and around October 14th, hundreds and thousands of Indians and other practitioners in the Triratna Buddhist community give thanks, celebrate and rejoice in the life of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. On that date in 1956, having been born an untouchable in the Hindu caste system, Ambedkar renounced Hinduism and became instead a follower of the Buddha’s teachings. On that same day, nearly 400,000 Indian men and women also turned their backs on a millennium of degradation and slavery and converted to Buddhism along with their leader.

This is a remarkable story of a truly remarkable human being, and Sangharakshita and Triratna are at the heart of this story in its unfolding since the sudden death of Ambedkar, only a few short weeks after his conversion.

Join us in Adelaide Triratna on Tuesday evening, to hear about one of the greatest modern Buddhist thinkers and social activists and how his revival of Buddhism in the land of its birth lives on today. Everyone welcome.

The Wheel of Life – a weekend seminar with Buddhadasa

The Wheel of Life
a weekend seminar with Buddhadasa
Sat 17th and Sun 18th November
10am-1pm each day
96 Halifax St, Adelaide
 

The Wheel of Life is an image that symbolises without concepts or words the complexity of the human condition. By exploring each of the six realms from psychological, social and cosmic perspectives, we may come to understand how life works, who we are and what we need to do to move ourselves in the direction of true happiness for all beings.

The wheel is held in the hands of a demon, impermanence, which keeps everything moving, shifting and changing. What this means is that we can change for the better and a more satisfying life is possible…..but only if we embrace the fact of impermanence rather than struggling against it. Necessarily, this exploration will also include an investigation of the Buddhist doctrine of Re-birth.

Buddhadasa was ordained in 1972, only five years after Sangharakshita started a new Buddhist movement in England. He has been responsible for contributing to the establishment of a number of our centres around the world, from North London and Brighton in England to Helsinki, Finland and Melbourne, Australia, as well as working at both our centres in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Buddhadasa helped develop the men’s training retreat centre in England (Padmaloka) and he has served as Bhante’s personal secretary; more recently he has been part of Sangharakshita’s care-team at Adhisthana.

Buddhadasa is currently living at Gandhakuti, a men’s community in Melbourne and we are delighted he is able to visit us in November to lead our sangha in this weekend seminar. Register your place now with Dharmamodini on 0439839785. Dana contribution for the teachings $50, or whatever you feel you can give to support the activities of Adelaide Triratna. For those of you who can stay on for lunch, please bring a small quantity of vegan food to share.

Our Turning-of-the-Year Retreat, 27 Dec – 3rd Jan

The Heart’s Release: Embracing the brahma-viharas

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The four brahma-viharas, or sublime abodes, are metta, karuna, mudita and upeksa, that is, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. Together with sraddha, faith, these words convey the key positive emotions in the Buddhist tradition and their development is crucial to the unfolding of a balanced spiritual life.

Join us on this seven day residential retreat to go deeper in your meditation practice and discover the beauty that lies within, the beauty that transforms self and world.

As usual, the retreat will start with dinner on the Sunday evening (arrival time from 4pm), and conclude after lunch the following Sunday, (around 3pm).

Our location is Glenbarr, on the outskirts of Strathalbyn in the Adelaide Hills, one hour’s drive from the city.
 
Contact Dharmamodini now (0439 839 785) if you are considering coming along and to book a place.
 
Donation to cover costs $350

Spiritual Friendship

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur Sangha Night theme  for the month of December

Next Tuesday 1st December will see Akashamani launch our new theme on Tuesday nights
 through to the end of this year. Come along and listen to our Dharma sister share her experiences of spiritual friendship within Triratna for nearly 25 years!

The following three Tuesdays (8th, 15th, 22nd) other people in Adelaide Triratna will share their experiences of friendship within the sangha.

December will also see our End-of-Year Gathering taking place on Sunday 13th December, from 12 noon.
 
This year it will be at Verity’s home in the city, as we are combining this annual event with our fare-welling of Verity on her overseas adventures, her own personal going forth into the unknown. Bring vegan/vegetarian food to share lunch and a relaxing afternoon with friends in the Dharma.
Everyone welcome.

Sangha Day Celebrations and Mitra Ceremony

Saturday 28th November, 3.30pm
Sangha Day is celebrated around the full moon in November and is one of the major festivals in the Buddhist calendar, rejoicing in our highest ideals, the Three Jewels. We rejoice and give thanks for the spiritual community, for those who have gone before us on the spiritual path and attained Enlightenment and for those we are treading the path with now in the present, sharing our aspirations to awaken to the truth of how things really are.


This year our celebrations will take place following the culmination of the International Urban Retreat
, concluding with a workshop this same day from 10am -3pm.

Our SanghaA highlight of this year’s Sangha Day gathering will be witnessing and supporting our friend Keryn in becoming a mitra in the Triratna community. The word mitra simply means friend and taking the step to become a mitra is an expression of one’s commitment to practise the Buddha’s teachings within our spiritual community.  Akashamani, our Order sister from Pt.Fairy in Victoria, will be joining us for this special event and will lead us in the puja and mitra ceremony.

So mark this date in your diary now and be a part of our Adelaide Triratna celebrations, including meditation, a joyous Sevenfold Puja, rejoicing in Keryn’s commitment and sharing in – of course – a delicious vegan afternoon tea!