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Letter to the Editor in Response to Observer Article of 16th February

Mon, 24 Feb, 2020 - 16:46

Letter to the Editor in Response to Observer Article of 16th February

Mon, 24 Feb, 2020 - 16:46

On 16th February the Observer newspaper published an article referring to the Triratna Buddhist Community. The following letter to the editor was submitted in response and was published by the newspaper on Sunday 23rd February.

Triratna Buddhists respond to Observer front page

We were surprised and deeply disappointed to read the Observer’s piece about the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community last week.

Triratna is not a ‘sect’ in the pejorative sense, but an integral and well established...

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A comment from the Triratna Buddhist Community regarding the Observer article of 16th February 2020

Sun, 16 Feb, 2020 - 22:31

A comment from the Triratna Buddhist Community regarding the Observer article of 16th February 2020

Sun, 16 Feb, 2020 - 22:31

The Triratna Buddhist Order is committed to acting in accordance with Buddhist ethical guidelines, including those on avoiding sexual misconduct.

We take the reports of our founder Sangharakshita’s sexual relations extremely seriously and have undertaken a great deal of investigation into what took place. We have been transparent about the findings, outlined in detail on our website: Triratna Controversy FAQ

Sangharakshita published his own apology in 2016. Although the police confirmed in...

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Update on Next Steps, November 2019

Thu, 21 Nov, 2019 - 14:08

Update on Next Steps, November 2019

Thu, 21 Nov, 2019 - 14:08

Adhisthana kula update, November 2019

We’d like to update you about the next steps of the Adhisthana kula work. These next steps formed part of a “Further Response from the Adhisthana Kula to the Observer Article”, published 28th July, and are listed at the end of this update. 

On 23rd August we issued a “Message of Apology and Regret” (point 1) as well as a contextualising note “Addressing our Collective History”. Although it became clear that such an Apology...

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Addressing Our Collective History

Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 - 22:29

Addressing Our Collective History

Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 - 22:29

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Since it was established in February 2017, the members of the Adhisthana Kula have been working together in response to renewed criticism of Triratna, and we recently published a ‘Next Steps’ document setting out how we intend to take this work forward. 

The first of...

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A Message of Apology and Regret

Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 - 22:04

A Message of Apology and Regret

Fri, 23 Aug, 2019 - 22:04

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Read about the background to this statement and our next steps in Addressing our Collective History

At the end of 2016 Sangharakshita published a statement of his regret and apology for occasions when, as he put it, ‘I have hurt, harmed or upset fellow Buddhists, whether within...

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We're still working on an acknowledgement..

Mon, 5 Aug, 2019 - 22:09

We're still working on an acknowledgement..

Mon, 5 Aug, 2019 - 22:09

On Sunday 28 July we posted a ‘Further Response from the Adhisthana Kula to the Observer Article, July 2019’.

In our first step under ‘Responding to the Past’ we said:

1. We will issue a clear statement of acknowledgement, regret and undertaking, inviting other order members to add their name or support to it. (1 week)

We also indicated that we had “added timelines in brackets after each point as a rough guide as to how long each step will take. If something is taking longer...

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An initial response to the Observer article critical of Triratna, July 2019

Sun, 21 Jul, 2019 - 12:02

An initial response to the Observer article critical of Triratna, July 2019

Sun, 21 Jul, 2019 - 12:02

On July 21st 2019, The Observer featured an article critical of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. As senior members of Triratna, we wanted to respond to some of the content, and to the general areas of concern raised around the conduct of members of the Order as they relate to the wellbeing of anyone connecting with our community.

The Adhisthana Kula is a grouping of senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who hold particular responsibility for...

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Some Thoughts on Motherhood: the Path of Loving and Letting Go by Punyamala

Tue, 23 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Some Thoughts on Motherhood: the Path of Loving and Letting Go by Punyamala

Tue, 23 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

In this article, I want to explore my experience of being a Dharmacharini and a mother. The lifestyle that we live is significant as it creates the conditions in which we shall be practicing the Dharma and not all life styles are equally supportive of spiritual practice. The conditions in which we live will unquestionably have an effect on our Dharma life. Being a Buddhist in a secular, material society is hard. Being a mother is demanding so anyone who...

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Me and Babies by Dhammadinna

From Community Highlights on Sun, 21 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Me and Babies by Dhammadinna

From Community Highlights on Sun, 21 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

This is my personal story of my decision, as a Dharmacharini, as to whether or not to have a baby. It is explored within the mores (conventions) of the time in Triratna.

I was 20 years old, and in my last year at University, when I became accidentally pregnant. I knew that I did not want a child at that point in my life. I had thought, however, since I was a child playing with my dollies, that I would have children...

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Dharma Life - Family Life

From Community Highlights on Fri, 19 Jan, 2018 - 17:31

Dharma Life - Family Life

From Community Highlights on Fri, 19 Jan, 2018 - 17:31

One of the tasks the Adhisthana Kula set itself was to encourage people within Triratna to take a fresh look at some of those areas of practice and lifestyle that have been of real value and importance, and which sometimes have been put forward in an unhelpful way.

We look to build an Order and movement in which anyone who sincerely wishes to commit themselves to the Three Jewels can find a place and have something to give, whatever their...