Drew reports that "the shrine room is nearly there and is looking great. We'll be doing a few more things before the retreats in April: put extra fire-resistant treatment on the outside (required by code), add trim at wall/floor, and add lighting. We were running short on the dried boards we cut earlier so we prioritized the walls and floor. This means the following things will be finished later: add doors to shelves, finish wall behind shelves, and add boards to the clear story (short wall up in the ceiling).
Congratulations to Prasadadhi - aka Helen Rey from Seattle Buddhist Center Sangha, who was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order at Adhisthana last week - Feb 28, 2019.
Prasadadhi (long second ’a’ and long ‘i’), is a Sanskrit name meaning "she whose Wisdom is clear, bright, pure".
In October Mexico will once again host a convention for people in the Triratna Buddhist Order at the beautiful Chintamani Retreat Center near Cuernavaca. A retreat for people training for ordination is also being planned. It's wonderful to have this connection with people from the Buddhist Centers in Mexico City (Roma and Coyoacan) and Cuernavaca.
During the month of January, the San Francisco Buddhist Center turns its focus inward for our Annual Rainy Season Retreat, an opportunity for Mitras and Order Members Members at the SFBC to spend time practicing together. The Center is still open to the public for 7:30 AM morning meditation, but is otherwise closed to the public during this time. Groups that rent the Center usually continue during January, but contact organizers if you are not sure of their schedules.
Ever wondered what it might be like to spend a year in silence on a solitary retreat? Now's your chance to find out. Kiranada did just that, and wrote a book about it so we can share the ups and downs and the sheer wonder of spending a year on retreat on the edge of the New Zealand wilderness.
Available now at the SFBC Bookstore.
Our 2018 Fundraiser was a very enjoyable success!
Thanks to all those who contributed and/or participated we have already received over $4,000 this year, with payments still coming in. It was a fantastic evening and lovely to see so many of our community sharing their skills and talents, and most of all - enjoying themselves!
Together with all the generous donations we've received throughout 2018 we will be able to continue to share meditation, dharma, and mindfulness in this beautiful space throughout 2019.
The Fall 2018 issue of the Vajra Bell magazine is here!
This issue covers the topic of generosity and includes a piece by local Order member Acarasiddhi. You can read the complete publication on Issuu.
In this issue:
Urgyen Sangharakshita 1925-2018
On Saturday 10th November the funeral ceremony and burial of Urgyen Sangharakshita took place in Adhisthana with an estimated 1,200 to 1,400 people attending the ceremony and burial and many tens of thousands watching in online.
This special edition of the Triratna Highlights Newsletter gathers together some highlights from that very significant day in the life of our community.
With great sadness, we announce the death of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and the Triratna Buddhist Community.
Buddhist Centers around the world will be celebrating his life and chanting the mantras he requested: Shakyamuni, Green Tara, Manjushri, Amitabha and Padmasambhava. Please join us in San Francisco as we remember and honor him at Sangha Night Wed Oct 31, 2018.
On the 18th to the 20th October the Nagarjuna Institute in Nagaloka, India, organised a celebration of Dhammachakra Pravartana day or the 62nd Anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar’s Mass Conversion to Buddhism. This event included an international conference on the theme of ”The Revival of Buddhism in India and its impact on Buddhist Dynamics in South Asia.”