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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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Dr Samuel Johnson

Sangharakshita would often quote Dr. Johnson in his talks and writings. His portrait was displayed in Sangharakshita’s bedroom at Urgyen House. In this video blog Paramartha explores the connection between Sangharakshita and his eighteenth-century literary hero. You can also see the video on the Urgyen House website. Urgyen House, at Adhisthana, has proved a popular …

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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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