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.

Full Moon Puja in celebration of Sangharakshita’s 93rd birthday

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of Sangharakshita’s 93rd birthday 

Tuesday 28th August

6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

Join us at Sangha Night next Tuesday for a full moon puja in honour of our founder and teacher, Bhante Sangharakshita.

The evening will start with a talk about Bhante’s personal journey with the Three Jewels, beginning at the age of 16 when he realised he was a Buddhist, through to the time of his founding a new Buddhist movement in England fifty one years ago. We will also hear a short talk by Sangharakshita himself, given at the time of launching the book The Essential Sangharakshita. Our celebration puja will follow on from the talk and refreshments and include readings and poetry by Sangharakshita.

All welcome.

Celebrating Dharma Day

Celebrating Dharma Day
on Sangha Night, 31st July
6.45pm at 96 Halifax St

45f563b1-8638-427a-b745-ee55414e7b17Around the full moon in July each year, we gather together to celebrate the gift of the Dharma, the Buddha’s Teachings, showing us the way to insight and wisdom, clarity and compassion; how to realise our full potential as human beings and live in harmony with all living beings and how things really are.

This year our celebrations will begin with a talk by Dharmamodini ‘Living the Dharma Around the World’, based on her recent experiences sharing in the Chairs’ Assembly at Adhisthana.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.45pm start. The talk will be followed by opportunity for questions and discussion, before special, home-made refreshments.

We will then share in a Sevenfold Puja, rejoicing in the Three Jewels and on this occasion, particularly rejoicing in the Dharma, that spans the globe, embracing all manner of diversity in its universal teachings.

Everyone welcome.

July with Adelaide Triratna

Sangha Nights, Tuesdays at 6.45pm, 96 Halifax St
The full moon in July is when we celebrate the anniversary of the Buddha sharing, for the first time, his journey and experience of Awakening, with his former disciples in the Deer Park at Sarnath.
 

Tuesday 4th July is when we will rejoice in the gift of the Dharma with meditation followed by a puja, giving thanks for the Buddha’s teaching that has flowed down to us from his ‘First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma’.

Tuesday 11th July will see us resume our current Sangha Night theme, Mind in Harmony. According to the Buddha’s teaching, there is no limit to the human mind, nothing is beyond it’s reach. Long before the discoveries of contemporary neuroscience and psychology, the Buddha gained insight into the nature of mind. This theme is based on the book by the same name, written by Subhuti, a senior Order member and teacher in Triratna. It is an eminently practical guide to the system of mind training contained in the classical Abhidharma texts.

Join us through the winter to warm and inspire you with this material and explore ways of engaging directly with your mind, to unlock its potential and develop the means to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Deer Park, Sarnath, India
Deer Park, Sarnath, India

Buddha Day Celebration on Tuesday

Tuesday 9th May
6.45pm at 96 Halifax Street

bodhi tree, bodh gaya

“Gautama sat down beneath the Bodhi Tree and did not get up again. The next day, so Buddhists say, a new person sat there – a realised sage who would be known henceforth by his title, Buddha: the Awakened.” (Vishvapani Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One)

Join us at Adelaide Triratna next Tuesday evening in a puja to honour the Awakening of the Buddha traditionally celebrated on the full moon in May. One of the ways Gautama spoke about his experience that night was in terms of a way of seeing the world, that gave him an entirely new perspective on life, not just an exalted state of mind.

You are invited to come together with others to rejoice in this Awakening and give thanks for the teachings of the Buddha, showing us the way to our own realisation of how things really are and thus, how to live in peace and harmony in our present-day world.

Everyone welcome.

Full Moon Puja

Full Moon Puja
Full Moon Puja
Tuesday 13th September
and a celebration of three years 
of weekly Sangha Nights in Adelaide
 
The full moon is traditionally an auspicious time for Buddhists to gather together and mutually honour our highest ideals and aspirations. The month of September marks the three year anniversary of when we started weekly Sangha Nights at Halifax St in Adelaide. Everyone is warmly invited to be a part of this celebration and giving thanks for the Buddha Shakyamuni and his teachings. If you have favourite Dharma texts you would like to share as part of the puja, please bring them along.

We will start at 6.45pm with a period of meditation,(both sessions will be happening, with and without instruction), followed by a short tea break before the Sevenfold Puja, lead for us on this occasion by Ratnadaka.

Our Full Moon Puja in August

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“Imagine a world without colour, beauty, poetry, myth, celebration, or ritual.  Such a world would be a very dull, drab, dead world indeed. Such experiences are essential to human life; they cultivate our emotions, refine our senses, and enrich our imaginations.” (quoted from the Introduction to our Puja book, written by Dhammadinna)
 

Inspired by last week’s True Individual retreat, next Tuesday 16th we will celebrate the full moon with a ‘compilation’ puja full of colour and poetry, so come along and join us for this joyous occasion, starting promptly at 6.45pm.
Please note we will start with the puja, to be followed by a period of meditation, with delicious vegan refreshments as our closure to the evening.
 
There will be no Drop-In meditation on this night.

Significant Dates in May

Sunday 22nd May, 3pm at 96 Halifax St
You are invited to a gathering of the sangha to be a part of ‘launching’ our process to become incorporated. This gathering is simply to share information about what is involved in the process and provides an opportunity for people to ask questions about it. Becoming incorporated creates a legal entity out of what has been an informal gathering of people. This separates the individual from that entity and thereby provides certain rights and protection for the individuals involved, the activities undertaken and the group of people.

This is a significant step for Adelaide Triratna. We hope to share it with as many of the sangha as possible, as we move forward individually and together, in our collective efforts to practise Dharma and keep exploring the Three Jewels, within the context of our international Triratna Buddhist community.

There will be delicious vegan afternoon tea following the discussion and a finish time of 4.30pm. Please RSVP to Dharmamodini (via reply email or 0439 839 785).

Tuesday 24th May, 6.45pm at 96 Halifax St
The full moon in May (this year on Sun 22nd) is the traditional time for celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment. All over the world Buddhists are bringing to mind Gautama Buddha, the life and teachings of the Awakened One. We here in Adelaide Triratna will rejoice in Shakyamuni’s achievement in the traditional manner of sharing in meditation and puja.

We will start the evening with the Sevenfold Puja, followed by a period of meditation, so please arrive on time to join in the activities on this very auspicious occasion. After the meditation, we will gradually move from the silence into sharing supper and friendship, mindful of our good fortune in sharing the Three Jewels. Let’s make this a Sangha Night to remember and mark the date in your diary now!

Full Moon Puja and Mitra Ceremony

This will be our Sangha Night tomorrow Tuesday, 22nd March, as we rejoice in the Buddha and give thanks for his teachings under the full moon and within that, rejoice in our friend Ing becoming a mitra in the Triratna community. Ing’s close friend Nagasuri is travelling from Sydney sangha to conduct Ing’s mitra ceremony and everyone is warmly invited to come along and be a part of the celebrations.

The order of the evening is slightly different to usual, still starting promptly at 6.45pm with meditation, but then (after a five minute break) flowing straight into the puja and ceremony. There will be a delicious supper after that to round off the evening in celebratory fashion.