The Adhisthana Project
There are many facets of Adhisthana: a central aspect is the library – this is the reason that Adhisthana was bought, and it houses Sangharakshita’s Dharma legacy; another aspect is the Adhisthana residential sangha – two single-sex communities who live and work here, many holding international responsibilities; residential courses, the young people’s project and the retreat centre are all held within the mandala of Adhisthana – beautiful gardens, the shrine room, the burial mound of Urgyen Sangharakshita.
The Adhisthana site covers 26 acres and among other things contains the gardens, the shrine room and the Urgyen House – where Sangharakshita spent his last years.
There is a vision for each building, each part of the gardens. Step into the mandala and immerse yourself in this place of blessings.
The Sangharakshita Library is at the heart of the project of Adhisthana. It is Bhante’s collection of books, his Dharma legacy, and the place where future generations can come and study the teachings and works he has handed down to us.
The library also hosts exhibitions, and has an impressive Dharma lending-library, for people to peruse while here.
Adhisthana is the only Triratna Centre where two single-sex communities live and work alongside each other, representing the two wings of the Triratna Order and movement.
While some members hold international responsibilities, others are responsible for the practical and Dharmic side of the Adhisthana. The communities come together every morning to meditate, eat together, have community nights, and twice a year for community days.
Adhisthana: Another Turning of the Wheel
Adhisthana has held a special place in the hearts of many Order members and Friends throughout Triratna since its opening in 2015. Bhante lived his final years at Adhisthana and said to friends the last was one of the happiest years of his life. In 2018 he died and was buried here.
In 2020 the team here began reviewing the future of Adhisthana and its role in Triratna. These were some of their reflections.
Young People Project
From its foundation, Adhisthana has had a strong emphasis on providing full-time contexts for young Dharma practitioners to live a full Dharma life.
As part of the new emphasis for Adhisthana, we are stepping up our commitment to supporting young people by broadening training opportunities. Adhisthana has been the home of young Buddhist events since 2013 and we aim to offer a spiritual home to all young Buddhists in Triratna.
The residential courses that Adhisthana run are an integral and appreciated part of life here.
Our Dharma Life Course for Young People and International Order courses bring together people from around the globe to train and practice together, developing and deepening friendships. These courses provide intensive dharma training to benefit their home or future situations.