You are very welcome to attend the funeral service for Urgyen Sangharakshita. Large numbers are expected.
For the many not able to attend, Adhisthana is live-streaming the funeral and burial. Sinhavacin will be hosting the viewing at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre – doors open 12 noon.
12.30pm in the large open barn. This service is expected to last for about two hours, includeing a traditional Sevenfold Puja. There will not be an official break during these two hours, but you can feel free to come and go as you need to. After the ceremony in the barn, we will process to the burial site in front of the library.
If you arrive before the time of the funeral proper, the closed coffin will already be in the barn and you are welcome to sit in silence in the presence of Sangharakshita’s remains. You can also view an exhibition Nine Decades: a life in objects in the Sangharakshita Memorial Library, meditate in the Main Shrine Room, or congregate in the available indoor and outdoor spaces.
What to bring
This is predominantly an outdoor event: wear warm and waterproof clothing and footwear suitable for wet grass. Blankets might be good, as well as hats, gloves and scarves. A cushion to put on your chair could be helpful. We will be at the mercy of the elements, so you may wish to bring an umbrella just in case! Adhisthana won’t be able to offer lunch or dinner so please bring a packed lunch and a flask of tea, though hot drinks will also be available on site throughout the day. Keeping warm is a priority, however you may choose to wear blue, and some will be wearing blue robes.
There will be no general offerings during the ceremony. After the burial there will be the opportunity to make offerings by the grave. It is suggested that as an offering you might like to contribute to the publication of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita.
More details about the arrangements here.