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Saddhaloka’s reflections on the Tibetan Book of the Dead Retreat

The Tibetan Book of the Dead appeared in an English translation by W Y Evans-Wentz nearly 100 years ago, a time when few Buddhist scriptures and books about Buddhism were available, and since then it has played a significant part in introducing many Westerners to Buddhism. In September 1979, at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, Urgyen Sangharakshita …

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The Adhisthana Teaching Community Gathering

In November, members of the Adhisthana Teaching Community gathered together over several days to connect and to study together. This Teaching Community is drawn mainly from those Order members who’ve been involved in teaching at Adhisthana over the last few years. Thinking of this group of order members as a ‘community’, we hope, will encourage …

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A Retreat of Conquerers

Adhisthana has been delighted to be hosting small self-led retreats over the course of the last year. There have been a few camping weekends, but as the temperatures have now dropped, it’s also lovely having friends come together here and use indoor spaces, alongside our programme of other events and retreats. The three ‘jits’ came …

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Making the Invisible World Visible

Making the Invisible World Visible by Sanghadeva The first serious gardening I undertook was at Aryatara community (the first, then, ‘FWBO’ residential community, founded in 1967) in the early 1980’s. I remember the deep satisfaction of arranging a group of plants and not quite understanding why that sense of satisfaction was quite so strong.  I was sort …

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Building a Shrine to Padmasambhava

Building a Shrine to Padmasambhava By Sthanashraddha I was fortunate enough to recently attend the retreat led by Padmavajra on the life and liberation of Padmasambhava.  I’ve spent many retreats with Padmavajra over the years and on many of them I’ve been the shrine keeper. Over those years I’ve been able to craft my skills …

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Visiting Adhisthana

Visiting Adhisthana By Philippa Ghosh I came to Adhisthana as a guest this week, to flee the wet and rainy, impending winter of Glasgow, but also to catch up with my friend Ksantikara and the rest of the community who live on this beautiful landscape. During my time here there has been an Order retreat …

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Opening Urgyen House

Opening Urgyen House During the recent August Area Order Weekend, Urgyen House was opened to visitors with a moving dedication led by Saddhanandhi. Two new Order Members, Āryaniśa and Vilāsamuni, cut the ribbon to open the house officially. This was Urgyen Sangharakshita’s home for 5 years, and his bedroom and living room have been left …

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