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Triratna: Safeguarding with sincerity and integrity

Posted by ratnadharini on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 20:06

Triratna: Safeguarding with sincerity and integrity

Posted by ratnadharini on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 20:06

Triratna: Safeguarding with sincerity and integrity

from Munisha, European Safeguarding officer, Triratna

Dear Friends, 

I’m sure, like me, you want to be absolutely sure Triratna is doing its Safeguarding properly, with sincerity and integrity. Over the last nine months I’ve read online much doubt and criticism in this area so I’d like to tell you about this work, so that you can decide for yourself.

I have been developing central Safeguarding policy for Triratna since 2013 and I’d like to reassure you that I am absolutely serious about this work: my family suffered for many years...

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Why Restorative approach?

Posted by ratnadharini on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 17:34

Why Restorative approach?

Posted by ratnadharini on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 17:34

Why Restorative approach?

In March this year, the Preceptors’ College committed to a number of steps that they would be taking in the coming months. They included:

  • encouraging and assisting the establishment of the facts about our past, including about Bhante, openly acknowledging what has happened and putting it on record;
  • actively seeking to resolve any harm that has been done, using the principles of the Dharma, with outside experienced guidance where appropriate.

We’d like to give a bit more information about a way in which we are...

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Urgyen Sangharakshita On Discipleship: A Postscript To ‘What Is The Western Buddhist Order?’

Posted by mahamati on Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 16:06

Urgyen Sangharakshita On Discipleship: A Postscript To ‘What Is The Western Buddhist Order?’

Posted by mahamati on Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 16:06

On 12th April Sangharakshita sent a letter to all members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, A Note on ‘Disciple’: a Postscript to ‘What is the Western Buddhist Order?’

We now share this here as in this letter Sangharakshita has clarified an  important aspect of the relationship of Order members to him, and him to them, and this is no doubt of relevance to the wider Triratna Community.

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A Note on ‘Disciple’: a Postscript to ‘What is the Western Buddhist Order?’
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Triratna Controversy FAQ

Posted by Centre Team on Fri, 14 Apr, 2017 - 16:33

Updated April 26th 2017 to fix some broken links in PDF version.

From the introduction 
We’ve assembled this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) in response to questions people have asked about historical controversy and unskilful behaviour in FWBO/Triratna, and the ways these are sometimes represented online. The main intention is to provide, in good faith, information we believe to be accurate. We wish to represent what are often complex issues in a fair-minded way without over simplifying, aware that other views...

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A Reconciliation Process

Posted by lokeshvara on Thu, 13 Apr, 2017 - 14:37

A Reconciliation Process

Posted by lokeshvara on 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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Letter from the Chair of the College of Public Preceptors to all Order Members

Posted by saddhaloka on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017 - 23:56

Letter from the Chair of the College of Public Preceptors to all Order Members

Posted by saddhaloka on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017 - 23:56

Following the March meeting of the College of Public Preceptors, Saddhaloka, as Chair of the College, sent a message to all Order members. The ten-day meeting had been concerned with issues currently being raised regarding the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community, and Saddhaloka wanted to communicate the position of the College on these issues. We are now posting the letter, slightly adapted for a wider readership, on the Adhisthana Kula blog, to make it available to all who are interested. The Kula will be continuing...

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Maitreyi Interviews Subhuti on 'Women, Men And Angels'

Posted by Maitreyi on Tue, 28 Mar, 2017 - 16:08

Maitreyi Interviews Subhuti on 'Women, Men And Angels'

Posted by Maitreyi on Tue, 28 Mar, 2017 - 16:08

Following on from his statement of personal regret about the publication of ‘Women, Men And Angels’ and the views expressed in it, here is Subhuti in conversation with Maitreyi, going into detail around that regret, and sharing his thoughts on a very painful episode in Triratna history, including the story of how it all happened. What emerges in the course of the interview is an exemplary look by two good, old friends at how confusion can arise - and how clear...

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Parami, Lokeshvara and Saddhaloka In Conversation

Posted by parami on Sat, 18 Mar, 2017 - 15:01

A new podcast from some members of the Adhisthana Kula as they come to the end of a 10-day meeting of the College of Public Preceptors - the body responsible for maintaining the integrity and spirit of the Triratna Buddhist Order. 

A great little summary of some of the more general issues discussed, including those arising from historical controversies. We get a little taster of other conversations to come - with news of new media, and of prospective reconciliation possibilities within...