Padmadakini and I belong to The Triratna Buddhist Order. It was founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita, an Englishman who realised he was a Buddhist when, as a sixteen year old he chanced across The Diamond Sutra in a London bookshop.
Sangharakshita became passionately interested in Buddhism long before Buddhism had entered the western world’s zeitgeist as it has these days. And to cut a longish story short he spent twenty years in India as an ordained Bhikku before returning to the UK to found a context of practice accessible to people like ourselves.
Sangharakshita died late last year leaving a thriving, international Buddhist Community that spans many countries and cultures and offers liberation and peace to countless beings. This coming Monday night at The Sydney Buddhist Centre we are holding a ceremony known as a puja (means worship) dedicated to his memory. You are warmly invited to join us and …… you’ll get to see me wearing the robe I was ordained in in Spain back in 2006!
My life would be so much the poorer had it not been for Sangharakshita – he was not perfect but he has been the person (apart from The Buddha) who has helped me more than anyone else in this lifetime. So if you have any gratitude for this context in which you’ve spent some time learning about Buddhist meditation and practice why not come and join us?
If you haven’t done a puja that’s a great reason to come along. It’s a fascinating journey of gratitude, confession and chanting ……. .
7 pm at the Sydney Buddhist Centre 24 Enmore Road Newtown
This Coming Monday August 26th
Meditation in Coogee this coming week as usual:
Sunday 8 – 9 am
Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm
Much Metta Dharmalata and Padmadakini