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Triratna Controversy FAQ

Thu, 6 Dec, 2018 - 15:33

Version 2.0, published October 2018
- Added 14 new questions
- General minor textual changes to the introduction and text as part of incorporating the new questions.
- Correcting small details in older questions based on new information.
- Added a new section about the Triratna Panel Process work as part of Triratna Safeguarding.
- Updated the text to take account of Sangharakshita’s death in October 2018.


From the introduction 
We’ve assembled this FAQ in response...

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An Update On Restorative Process In Triratna (October 2018)

Sat, 27 Oct, 2018 - 20:20

This is a report on the Restorative work undertaken over the last year within Triratna, which was introduced in the Adhisthana kula’s posts of 13th April and 15th June 2017, entitled “A Reconciliation process” and “Why Restorative approach?”

Read “A Reconciliation process”

Read “Why Restorative approach?”

Listen to our podcast on Restorative Process in Triratna

In 2017 Triratna’s Adhisthana kula undertook to:

  1. Offer training in ‘Restorative’ practice within Triratna, as part of a process of learning to go deeper with difficult conversations;
  2. ...
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How Do We Have the Difficult Conversations?

Sat, 27 Oct, 2018 - 20:22

How Do We Have the Difficult Conversations?
Building reconciliation and a sustainable basis of trust for Triratna

We want to update everybody who has been following the work of the Adhisthana Kula. (See endnote 1.) This post will mainly focus on our considerations and conclusions as to whether some form of external independent inquiry was needed to look into difficult aspects of Triratna’s past and culture.

Our wish is that the debates that were reignited following a BBC local tv report in September...

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A Reconciliation Process

Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 14:37

A Reconciliation Process

Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 14:37

From the outside Triratna can look like a homogenous organisation, but from within for much of our history it’s looked more anarchic and un-systematic, relying on personal connections with each project or centre financially and legally independent.  This has had many advantages but one significant disadvantage is that when relations have broken down there haven’t always been sufficient formal or consistent ways of acknowledging and repairing harm or restoring connection.

We place a high value on friendship in our community.  One of...

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Ratnadharini and Shantigarbha on Restorative Process in Triratna

Wed, 24 Oct, 2018 - 20:59

Ratnadharini and Shantigarbha give an excellent, practical introduction to using the Restorative Process in order to resolve disharmony within Triratna. Exploring its principles and its methodology, this short talk also provides a helpful overview of why the Restorative approach is considered such a good fit for a Buddhist community.

Recorded in India, spring 2018.

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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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Thanks Dhammadinna…..the courage and resilience of women like yourself, responding to these situations and issues, constantly amazes me!!!

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Thank you very much Dhammadinna for sharing your journey so movingly. We can’t deeply ‘know’ what it was like for those of you who were around at the birth and toddler stage of the Order. But we can imagine it more fully when hear stories with personal details. 

And I do love hearing stories from people like you and Malini about those early days, the experimental communities and the retreat on the Isle of Muck.

From inspiring women elders I heard that life in the early days of the Order was not always easy. But they stayed ……and helped make it possible for a woman in Emerald,Australia to hear the dharma for the first time, to taste freedom and to live a transformed life in the forest with her 3 lovely children. 

What a grand experiment the growing of the Order was and still is. And, with experiments, the failures are as much a part of effective learning as the successes.

That same process unfolds endlessly.  Sangha members of the future will look back to any decisions we make now and hopefully be happy with some but I am sure will have criticism of others. But they won’t ‘know’ the nuances of why we made our decisions in this era. And that’s why it’s important to hear the elders stories and not just throw out one line statements that limit our understanding of the complexities of the tapestry being woven at the time.  

I really appreciate you taking the time to share this part of your story Dhammadinna. 

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Thank you Dhammadinna forr sharing your own story of life in the early days of the movement and the lessons you have learned

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Saddhaloka and Moksananda in Conversation about Families

Mon, 22 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Saddhaloka and Moksananda in Conversation about Families

Mon, 22 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Another lovely conversation between old friends and Public Preceptors, Moksananda and Saddhaloka, reflecting on a life being both a parent and a practicing Buddhist within the FWBO and Triratna. 

+ follow the Adhisthana Kula space all week to see more from this series

+ follow Triratna Buddhist Families

See more posts on practice in a family context...

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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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Maitreyi Interviews Punyamala About Families

Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 15:00

Maitreyi Interviews Punyamala About Families

Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 15:00

A great conversation between two friends who are also members of the College of Public Preceptors, exploring Punyamala’s experiences around having children in the context of her Buddhist life within the FWBO and Triratna.

+ follow the Adhisthana Kula space all week to see more from this series

+ follow Triratna Buddhist Families

See more posts on practice in a family context...

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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...