Dhivan, What Adhisthana Means to Me

BY DHIVAN, Visiting Scholar, Adhisthana

Adhisthana has hosted five Philosophy Symposiums which encourage philosophical engagement with aspects of the Dharma, such as the meaning of the Transcendental, and of Higher Evolution. Adhisthana is big enough to hold this kind of deep questioning at the same time as being at the very centre of the Triratna movement.

Since the beginning of 2022, I’ve been living at Adhisthana as a resident scholar. I have come to love the sensation of opening the oak door into Bhante’s Dharma library, smelling the soft odour of ink and paper dust, then switching on the lights, and seeing all these books spring into visibility; testament to Bhante’s broad reading in Buddhist traditions old and new. Various rupas that belonged to Bhante are scattered among or above the books, giving the room an atmosphere of the quiet presence of the Dharma.

This blog is an excerpt from the Tenth Anniversary book which can be viewed online or bought from Adhisthana.