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Ordinations at Vajrasana

Tue, 8 Jun, 2021 - 11:43

Ordinations at Vajrasana

Tue, 8 Jun, 2021 - 11:43

We are very happy to announce the public ordinations of the following 12 men at Vajrasana on Saturday 29th May 2021.

Public preceptor: Arthapriya

Peter Bennion becomes Mahaprasara (long second a), meaning “He who makes great progress”. Private preceptor: Jayagupta
Martin Payne becomes Akashasiddhi (long first and second a), meaning “One whose accomplishment is the unbounded nature of the awakened mind”. Private preceptor: Prasannavira
Pete Else becomes Kshantichara (long first and second a), meaning “He who...

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Chairs' Letter – May 2021

Mon, 31 May, 2021 - 21:54

Chairs' Letter – May 2021

Mon, 31 May, 2021 - 21:54

Dear Order Members and friends,

Last month one of my deputies, Amrutdeep, wrote from his perspective about the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic in India. 16 Order members and over 35 Dhammamitras died in India in the last couple of months and it’s still pretty grim; if you’d like to help, you can read more about some of the ways in which you can give here.

Its poignant that over the past...

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Subhadramati

Ordinations at Taraloka

Mon, 24 May, 2021 - 11:14

Ordinations at Taraloka

Mon, 24 May, 2021 - 11:14

I’m very happy to let you know that ten public ordinations took place at Taraloka on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd May. This culminates the UK spring ordination retreats led by Subhadramati, Vajratara, Hridayagita and Danayutta from Taraloka over the last five weeks. The new order members did the retreat with their private preceptors at various locations in the UK with a full online retreat programme from Taraloka. We’re delighted that this was able to take place despite demanding conditions.  

Pat MacKenzie from Llangollen becomes Karunasati (a...

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Ordination at the Manchester Buddhist Centre

Mon, 24 May, 2021 - 11:11

Ordination at the Manchester Buddhist Centre

Mon, 24 May, 2021 - 11:11

We are delighted to announce a Public Ordination that took place at the Manchester Buddhist Centre on 23rd May 2021. The ceremony was conducted in the Lotus Hall with a restricted number of sangha and family members attending. 

The new Dharmachari was privately ordained on a private retreat with his preceptor Aparājita, and the Public Preceptor was Padmavajra:

Barrie Stanhope from Southport, in North-West England, becomes Buddhamaitrī. He who has the friendliness of the Buddha.
(The last i is long)

SADHUSADHUSADHU!

With metta,
Padmavajra

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Karunadevi

Public Ordinations at Dharmadhara Retreat Center in California

Sun, 16 May, 2021 - 08:33

Public Ordinations at Dharmadhara Retreat Center in California

Sun, 16 May, 2021 - 08:33

I’m delighted to announce that two Public Ordinations took place at Dharmadhara Retreat Center in California on May 15, 2021. The ceremony was conducted outside with some sangha and family members attending.

These two new Dharmacharinis were privately ordained on a small eight day retreat with their preceptors.

Public Preceptor Karunadevi:

Robin Smith from New Orleans, Louisianna becomes Silasiri. One whose beauty is ethical conduct.
(The first and last i is long, second...

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Ordinations at Dhanakosa Retreat Centre in Scotland

Fri, 7 May, 2021 - 19:25

Ordinations at Dhanakosa Retreat Centre in Scotland

Fri, 7 May, 2021 - 19:25

I’m delighted to let you know that the following women from the Glasgow sangha were publicly ordained at Dhanakosa this afternoon:

Hilary Barclay becomes Vajracetana (long final ‘a’), A Sanskrit name meaning ‘She whose purpose is diamond like’.
Westernised (registered) spelling: Vajrachetana

Christine Cather becomes Suvarnasri (dot under the ’n’, accent over the ’s’ and long ‘i’). A Sanskrit name meaning ‘Golden Light’.

Dassini was the private preceptor for both and I was...

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Chairs' Letter - April 2021

Fri, 30 Apr, 2021 - 18:40

Chairs' Letter - April 2021

Fri, 30 Apr, 2021 - 18:40

Dear Order Members and Friends,

I have asked each of my deputies to contribute to these letters, and it seemed appropriate that Amrutdeep would write this month, from India. Amrutdeep was ordained in 1992 and has been a Public Preceptor for eight years, and I’ve very much enjoyed and appreciated getting to know him as we work alongside each other in the College. He is thoughtful and wise, kindly and ethical, and tireless in his practice of the...

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Chairs' Letter – March 2021

Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 15:23

Chairs' Letter – March 2021

Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 - 15:23

Dear Order members and friends,

The main international College meeting is in November and this year we are also meeting for a weekend in March and July, as well as parallel gatherings in our individual College Kulas. (The Kula system is intentionally flexible, to allow for the different number of people training for ordination in different parts of the world, as well as the geographic spread of Public Preceptors in each Kula.) 

Apart from the option...

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Public Preceptor Appointment: Yashodeva

Sun, 28 Mar, 2021 - 18:25

Public Preceptor Appointment: Yashodeva

Sun, 28 Mar, 2021 - 18:25

Dear friends

I’m delighted to say that the College of Public Preceptors has appointed Yashodeva as a Public Preceptor. 

Yashodeva was ordained in 1981 and is now 59. He lived at Guhyaloka for 12 years, which is where he began working with men who were training for ordination, and has continued to be involved with GFR retreats in Spain since moving to Adhisthana eight years ago. He conducted his first ordination in 1999, and is now private preceptor to four men and kalyanamitra...

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Chairs' Letter – February 2021

Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 12:24

Chairs' Letter – February 2021

Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 12:24

Dear Order members and friends,

Being someone who only seems able to write when up against a deadline can be a little scary, as there comes a point when you just have to press ‘send’. This is what had emerged by 2am. It isn’t what I expected or set out to do, but what I happened to be reflecting on.

February has been spent mainly in zoom meetings and writing emails, with Covid lockdown beginning to...