On the evening of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s funeral and burial, after the departure of most of the 1,200 guests, those who remained gathered together to perform a special, final sevenfold puja and close an extraordinary day.
Padmavajra led the devotional ritual, specifically dedicated to Padmasambhava. In this extract we hear Surata reading verses to Vajrasattva known as ‘The Confounder of Hell’, followed by a rousing version of the Great Guru of Tibet’s mantra.
Voices were uplifted and many offerings made: to say a last farewell...
Our FBA Podcast this week is a cracking and wonderfully detailed talk called Vajrapani - Energy Unlimited by Vessantara, author of ‘Meeting the Buddhas’. He is the ideal person to introduce us to the complex and fascinating Tantric figure of Vajrapani - ‘Lord of Secrets’, embodiment of ”virya’ (Energy in Pursuit of the Good). Vessantara’s style is familiar and well-earthed, and therefore eminently well suited to material that bristles with electricity and is...
The Middle Way Society is an international group for the study, promotion and practice of the Middle Way. In June, Robert M. Ellis, a member of the Society, interviewed Sangharakshita about the Middle Way for their podcast. The conversation covered much ground: starting with an exploration of the Middle Way in the context of the Buddha’s life, it moves into the areas of right effort, eternalism and nihilism, rebirth, livelihood and more.
The Middle Way ultimately is a matter of practice. One
A Sangha, or spiritual community, needs committed individuals practicing the Dharma in the context of their own particular lives in order to exist. The central myth of the Triratna Buddhist Order is the figure of the 1,000 armed Avalokiteshvara: the idea being that each...
Abhayanavita has been involved with Triratna as a community since the age of 13. In her early days she learned to face her own difficult past with a fearlessness that is now reflected in her Buddhist name. She also learned to fight back against social injustice and gender discrimination via the Ashvaghosha project, educating people with plays and songs.
These days she continues that work in new ways, working at the Bahujan Hitay Project in her home town of Amravati...
Welcome to the 2018 Triratna Buddhist Order Convention, marking the 50th anniversary of our Order’s founding. It’s fitting that such an auspicious occasion is taking place at the traditional spot where the Buddha is said to have attained liberation, Bodhgaya in Bihar, India.
Join us for a walk around the Convention site meeting wonderful beings from all around the world who are converging here to celebrate community and practice the Dharma together - for the benefit of all beings!
Kicking off our podcast coverage of three weeks of Triratna events in India we meet a lovely group of pilgrims from Sheffield, England as they come to the end of a journey around the places traditionally associated with the life of the Buddha.
Thanks to Mokshatara, Isabelle, Aryadasa and Martin for sharing their inspiration, impressions and delight with us!
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Continuing our series of in-depth conversations with Buddhists in Mexico, here is the irrepressible Upeksamati: Dharma pioneer in his homeland and founder of the Mexico City Buddhist Center.
We hear of his own Buddhist training in England in the 1980s and ’90s and how that influenced his approach to bringing what he learned back home again. We get, in effect, a crash course in the essentials of starting a new Buddhist Center - at scale, and with ambition!
Sanghadhara at the UK Northern region event in Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of Triratna as a Buddhist community. Talking to Dharmamayi and Moksatara (Padmasagara couldn’t make it!). Catching up on highlights from the day, and reflecting on what it’s like as younger Order members to hear stories from “the old days”.