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Chairs' Letter – December 2020

Tue, 29 Dec, 2020 - 13:25

Chairs' Letter – December 2020

Tue, 29 Dec, 2020 - 13:25

Dear Order Members,

Ratnadharini has been writing these monthly letters for about a year now, and recently asked if those of us serving as College deputies would like to write one from time to time. I’m the first to take up this opportunity.

At the start of the pandemic, Ratnadharini started meeting weekly with her College deputies as a way of keeping in touch together with what was happening in the world and in the movement. As...

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Chairs' Letter - November 2020

Mon, 30 Nov, 2020 - 23:40

Chairs' Letter - November 2020

Mon, 30 Nov, 2020 - 23:40

Dear Order members

Thinking back over my first year as chair of the College: I took on the responsibility in November 2019 as we marked the first anniversary of Bhante’s funeral, and in spite of having been a fairly active Deputy prior to that, it’s still taken some growing into. I wanted more channels of communication with the Order generally, and in January 2020 I began writing these monthly letters. 

In March our Area Kulas’ meeting...

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Chairs' Letter – October 2020

Sat, 31 Oct, 2020 - 18:52

Chairs' Letter – October 2020

Sat, 31 Oct, 2020 - 18:52

Dear Order members,

The theme I’m currently aware of is death / rebecoming. Partly due to it being Autumn in this hemisphere; partly due to the pandemic and being in lockdown again; and today, 30 October, is the second anniversary of Bhante’s death.

I expect we all remember where we were when we heard that Bhante had died. I was in Sweden, and it was such a relief to get to the Centre where Prasadacarin had just opened up and...

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Chairs' Letter – September 2020

Wed, 30 Sep, 2020 - 19:11

Chairs' Letter – September 2020

Wed, 30 Sep, 2020 - 19:11

Dear Order members

Two days ago I attended the public ordination of 16 women at Adhisthana. When Bhante chose the ‘miracle’ design of the stupa for Dhardo Rimpoche at Tiratanaloka, he said it was because the greatest miracle was Going for Refuge; it seemed especially miraculous to be having public ordinations, given the Covid 19 restrictions, with around 500 people joining the live zoom. I was on the balcony, above the flags and aware of the blessings of blue...

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Chairs' Letter – August 2020

Tue, 1 Sep, 2020 - 18:52

Chairs' Letter – August 2020

Tue, 1 Sep, 2020 - 18:52

Dear Order members,

Two weeks ago the International Conventions were held online for the first time, and seem to have been very successful – and remarkably relaxed, given how much work was going on behind the scenes; well done Lokeshvara and Aryajaya! I won’t list all my favourite bits but the Forgiveness ritual led by Malini stood out for me personally, given Malini’s gravitas as our senior most woman OM, her...

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Chairs' Letter – July 2020

Fri, 31 Jul, 2020 - 23:22

Chairs' Letter – July 2020

Fri, 31 Jul, 2020 - 23:22

Dear Order members

At the end of June I moved back to Adhisthana and though I like the simplicity of my cell-like bedroom cum office, people on the other end of Zoom calls have been commenting on the bare walls as, until recently, the only painting was above my desk and behind the computer screen. 

Covid-19 and the topic of race and racism, have continued to be major concerns, both within and without our sangha. Both wake up calls...

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Chairs' Letter – June 2020

Wed, 1 Jul, 2020 - 12:25

Chairs' Letter – June 2020

Wed, 1 Jul, 2020 - 12:25

Dear Order members and friends,

June was my last month of solitary lockdown in South Wales. In practice that meant spending even more time than usual on my computer, although I did manage one week offline. I also read Analayo’s Compassion and Emptiness and re-read The Glass Bead Game, and went for long walks along deserted lanes and footpaths in the national park.

I emerged from my week off to the deluge of discussion around the subject...

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Chairs' Letter – May 2020

Sun, 31 May, 2020 - 20:42

Chairs' Letter – May 2020

Sun, 31 May, 2020 - 20:42

Dear Order members

For most of us, May has been another month of lockdown and increased online communication. The worldwide anxiety and fear that began centred around coronavirus, now extends to financial and mental health issues. Even if we are one of the fortunate ones not directly affected and in supportive conditions, we are likely to have friends or family who are not; and we are all going to be indirectly affected by changing worldwide conditions, in ways we can only begin...

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Ordination Training Online during Covid-19

Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 11:48

Ordination Training Online during Covid-19

Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 11:48

This is a non-comprehensive gathering up of some of the provisions being made for ordination training online around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you want to share other information to be included or ask a question, you can do so collegeassistant [at] adhisthana.org (subject: Ordination%20Training%20Online) (here).

(Updated 30 May)

At Tiratanaloka, UK:

The team at Tiratanaloka have been providing online study weeks, guided Prostration Practice every weekday afternoon on Zoom, as well as continuing personal communication...