The new meaning of Vimalakirti’s Thunderous Silence

A newly rediscovered Sanskrit version of the Vimalakirti Nirdesa has been translated into English. The new translation reveals subtle differences to the meaning of parts of the teaching, including Vimalakirti’s ‘thunderous silence’! There are several retreats on Vimalakirti happening at Adhisthana this year, one with Dhivan, and one with Vessantrara.

An Impermanent Post

During Adhisthana’s celebratory tenth anniversary year, we are delighted to announce that Akasalila, a local artist, has an installation on the Adhisthana grounds. After her recent displays at two Royal Academy shows, she has kindly offered to create and display one of her ‘posts’ here. Standing near the library building and the pond behind the …

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The arrival of the Guru

At the very last Order gathering at Adhisthana that Bhante attended, Prakasha and Srisambhava’s huge Padmasambhava rupa formed the central shrine. Before he left us, Bhante whispered something to Paramartha and the next minute we saw him being wheeled around in circumambulation, bowing again and again. On February 24, ten years to the day from Bhante’s …

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Nightmarish, No-nonsense, Direct: My Relationship to the Bodhicaryavatara

Saddhanandi and Nagabodhi will lead a retreat at Adhisthana for the Order based on the Bodhicaryavatara titled Summoning the World to Buddhahood. And later this year we’ll have our first-ever Summer Sanghas Retreat on the same theme. Below, Saddhanandi reflects on her long-standing personal relationship with the text. Saddhanandi The Bodhicaryavatara is a text that …

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Green Tara

Dharmacharini Dhammadinna explores Sangharakshita’s long connection with the Bodhisattva Green Tara and his teacher Chattrul Sangye Dorje. With photographs, video and objects from the Urgyen House archives, that take us from Kalimpong, India to Taraloka, Tiratanaloka, London and Adhisthana, UK, we learn of the great significance of Green Tara in Sangharakshita’s life and work. For …

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The Importance of Dr Ambedkar

The importance of Dr Ambedkar Born the 14th child of an army officer, Bhimrao Ambedkar was the only one of his siblings to finish primary school. As a member of the Untouchable caste, he was forced to sit outside the classroom for lessons, and not allowed to drink water unless someone else poured it for him. …

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Local Order Members BBQ

Since Adhisthana opened in 2013 an ever-increasing sangha of Order Members has moved to the area to be close to Adhisthana (and a few were already here). Malvern is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so it’s also not a bad part of the country to live in.  It’s a wonderful development to have this …

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