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Chair's Letter – January 2024

Wed, 31 Jan, 2024 - 20:00

Chair's Letter – January 2024

Wed, 31 Jan, 2024 - 20:00

Dear Order members and friends,

December and January were relatively quiet months for me. Zoom meetings and emails tend to ease up over the festive season and I was able to spend two weeks in Wales doing house repairs and having some time to myself as well as catching up with family; it was my mother’s 95th birthday in early January.

The women’s Area Order weekend back at the beginning of December – which is traditionally...

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saddhaloka

Ordination at the Helsinki Buddhist Centre

Tue, 12 Dec, 2023 - 09:54

Ordination at the Helsinki Buddhist Centre

Tue, 12 Dec, 2023 - 09:54

Sunday 10th December 2023

Dear Order Members,

The public ordination of Jarkko Lavinen took place this afternoon at the Helsinki Buddhist Centre.

He becomes Lalitachitta, meaning he whose mind is playful
Maharatnapriya was his private preceptor and Saddhaloka was his public preceptor.

With much metta,

Saddhaloka
 

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Ordination in New Zealand

From Triratna News on Tue, 12 Dec, 2023 - 09:50

Ordination in New Zealand

From Triratna News on Tue, 12 Dec, 2023 - 09:50

Dear friends,

I am delighted to announce that the former Don Lawson was publicly ordained on 10th December at the Wellington Buddhist Centre.

He becomes Surangamamati, ‘He who has a mind of heroic progress’ .  There is an accent above the ’s’, long ‘u’ and a dot over the ‘n’.

Registered spelling Shurangamamati. 

His private preceptor is Purna and his public preceptor is Ratnavyuha.

With Metta,

Ratnavyuha

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Chair's Letter – November 2023

Thu, 30 Nov, 2023 - 16:56

Chair's Letter – November 2023

Thu, 30 Nov, 2023 - 16:56

Dear Order members and friends,

November is when the international meeting of the College takes place at Adhisthana, and this recent meeting was especially rich and satisfying. I’m going to attempt to describe how it unfolded day by day…

However at the beginning of the month I was still on the Pan American Convention in Mexico. I wanted to visit Chintamani retreat centre on the way back into Mexico City, and in the end around 20 of us were very generously hosted there for...

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akasajoti

Public Preceptor Appointment: Sucimani

Wed, 29 Nov, 2023 - 16:33

Public Preceptor Appointment: Sucimani

Wed, 29 Nov, 2023 - 16:33

Dear Order members + friends,

The College of Public Preceptors is delighted to announce the appointment of Sucimani as a Public Preceptor. 

You can read more about Sucimani in her own words, below.

With metta,
Ratnadharini

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Sucimani writes:

I was born in Crystal Palace, South London in 1962 to young parents. I love that I was born there as I was later named Sucimani which means pure jewel.

I had two younger brothers. 

I came along to the Croydon Buddhist Centre after a passionate love affair ended. I was...

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akasajoti

Babasaheb Ambedkar arrives at Adhisthana

Fri, 17 Nov, 2023 - 00:33

Babasaheb Ambedkar arrives at Adhisthana

Fri, 17 Nov, 2023 - 00:33

For several years now, during each international Preceptors’ College meeting, time is dedicated to hearing from the kula of Public Preceptors in India. This was a special year, with all ten of them able to travel over, making up more than 20% of those gathered for the meeting. 

One morning was spent hearing about the work of the ordination teams and public preceptors in India, including the establishment of a new retreat centre dedicated to ordination training, Sudarshan Bhumi, named ...

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The Next Chair of the College of Public Preceptors

Wed, 15 Nov, 2023 - 08:49

The Next Chair of the College of Public Preceptors

Wed, 15 Nov, 2023 - 08:49

Dear Order Members and friends,

I’m writing from Adhisthana during the annual international meeting of the Preceptors’ College, where you may be aware we have been deciding who will take over from me as Chair of the Preceptors’ College when I step down in a year’s time.

I’m delighted to let you all know that there was a clear consensus to invite Mahamati to become the next College Chair. Happily, Mahamati was able to respond wholeheartedly,...

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akasajoti

Four Myths + Five Farewells

Tue, 14 Nov, 2023 - 10:18

Four Myths + Five Farewells

Tue, 14 Nov, 2023 - 10:18

Over the weekend, the College were joined by a number of retired Public Preceptors: Suvajra, Padmasuri, Sanghadevi, Saddhaloka; with Manjuvajra, Subhuti and Srimala visiting for some elements of the programme and to spend time together as ‘College Elders’. 

Jnanavaca led three sessions of stimulating, interactive study on the ‘four myths of the spiritual life’. He explored this model that Subhuti conceived and introduced in a talk on an international Order convention in 2003 (and was more recently explored by Jnanavaca and Maitreyabandhu...

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A Community of Public Preceptors

Fri, 10 Nov, 2023 - 13:38

A Community of Public Preceptors

Fri, 10 Nov, 2023 - 13:38

The past two mornings of the College meeting have been taken up with the process of discovering who will take on the responsibility of College Chair when Ratnadharini’s term comes to an end next November. The College Members present have been moving through a consensus process, skilfully held by Ratnadharini. This will be returned to after an interlude, to be concluded in the final days of the meeting, following which the outcome will be shared with the Order. The afternoons...