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.

 

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.

Transforming Self and World

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themes from the sutra of golden light
 
This is our new theme for Sangha Nights, starting next Tuesday 20th September. Sangharakshita’s teaching on this sutra was originally given in a series of seminars forty years ago and published in book form twenty years hence, with the following opening sentence on the back cover. “As the earth’s resources are wasted and defiled, as the nations of the world are ravaged by war and hunger, we can afford to give way neither to cynicism nor to despair.”

With clarity and wisdom, Sangharakshita takes this ancient source of inspiration and guidance, translating the images and episodes of this beautiful but mysterious text into a commentary filled with practical insights into many increasingly urgent dilemmas we are facing in the world today. Ecology, economics, morality, politics, culture and government – in a realm of gods and goddesses, kings and dragons, the golden light of absolute reality pours forth, transforming the entire world.

At the same time, if we dream of changing the world, we must start with changing ourselves. For all those seeking to engage in transforming self and world, this text and Sangharakshita’s commentary offer hope, encouragement and a way forward. Join us on Tuesday nights (6.45pm at 96 Halifax St in the city) for some guidance and inspiration and lively sharing of thoughts and reflection. Everyone welcome.

Our Sangha in the Making

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On Sangha Night next Tuesday 30th August, we will be taking our next steps beyond becoming incorporated and inviting people to share in creating a collective endeavour to move us more and more in the direction of a true sangha in the making.

Following our meditation, the second part of the evening will start with a pithy half hour talk by an Order member at the San Fransisco Buddhist Centre, about the individual, the group and the spiritual community. This will serve to remind us what we have been exploring over the winter about the true nature of sangha and the individual. It will also lay the foundation for Rich and Tash to share a vision for Adelaide Triratna growing into the future and invite each one of us to reflect on what we may be able to offer to the development of our sangha.

Bring along, in hard copy, your favourite photos of Adelaide Triratna events and activities from the past three years. We will rejoice together at the end of the evening with our Three-Fold Puja, as a celebration of sangha and Bhante Sangharakshita, the founder of our movement and Order, whose 91st birthday is 26th August.