Echoes of Shangri-La: Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena releases new book of Buddhist wisdom

Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena. Image courtesy of MIMC

Renowned spiritual leader and socially engaged Buddhist monk, Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena, has recently published a new book of Buddhist sayings and wisdom teachings titled Echoes of the Shangri-Lapublished by the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center in Ladakh, northern India.

Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena is the Spiritual Director of Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC) in Leh, Ladakh. He is also the founder of the Mahakaruna Foundation, the Save the Himalayas Foundation and a spiritual advisor to the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB).*

“This little book contains the thoughts, opinions and wisdom of Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena on various aspects of Buddhist life, practice and the world around us,” an MIMC representative shared with BDG. “This small 42-page book contains many short sayings on different aspects of life accompanied by intimate images of life and Buddhism in the remote Himalayas. These words come from Bhikkhu’s years of Buddhist practice and his long and intensive search for meaning and ultimate truth.

Image courtesy of MIMC
Image courtesy of MIMC

Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena founded the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC) in Leh, the joint capital of Ladakh, in 1986. He has since become an example of socially engaged Buddhism, launching numerous projects, events and initiatives. Its outreach work includes educational opportunities and shelter for underprivileged children, empowerment and literacy programs for women and other socially disadvantaged groups, health care for the sick and needy, and a home pensions for the elderly and the poor. The MIMC evolved into an expanding campus that became a hub for a multitude of socio-cultural and community programs in the far north of India.

In addition to integrating spiritual development and human well-being, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena and the MIMC are also closely involved in peacebuilding and interreligious dialogues, environmental conservation activities, and the promotion of Buddhist and Himalayan cultural heritage through national and international festivals. Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena has traveled extensively to participate in international conferences, seminars and workshops aimed at promoting spiritual and cultural values, environmental awareness, non-violence and world peace, and raising the status of women in society , especially those from disadvantaged communities.

Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena is also the author of Climate change and the Himalayas and Religion and science, among other titles. The beautiful collection of Buddhist images and wisdom brought together in Echoes of the Shangri-La is available from the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center in Leh, Ladakh, with Ven. The other books of Bhikkhu Sanghasena.

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Meditation is the experience of Buddhahood in itself. Compassion radiates the fragrance of this Buddhahood in all directions, for the benefit of all.

(Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena)

Image courtesy of MIMC

Perched high on the Tibetan Plateau, Ladakh, which translates to the land of high passes, stretches from the Himalayan Mountains to the Kunlun Range and includes the Upper Indus Valley. Much of the region is at elevations above 3,000 meters. In 2019, Ladakh became the largest union territory in India after the government reconstituted the former state of Jammu and Kashmir.*** Spread over more than 59,000 mountainous square kilometers, including a large part is arid and inhospitable, the culture and closely linked to that of Tibet, so much so that Ladakh is sometimes nicknamed “Little Tibet”.

The population of Ladakh is divided between the districts of Leh and Kargil. In Kargil, 76.9% of a population of around 140,800 are Muslim (mainly Shia), according to 2011 census data, while in Leh, 66.40% of a population of around 133 500 inhabitants are Buddhists, the majority of whom practice Tibetan Buddhism. . Overall, Muslims make up 46.4 percent of Ladakh’s population, while Buddhists make up 39.7 percent, according to the same data. Hinduism accounts for 12%, and Sikhism, Christianity and other religions each account for less than 1%.

* Sacred offerings of compassion and relief: Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, the silent reformer (BDG)

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