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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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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...

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Opening the College Meeting + Invoking the Lineage

Wed, 8 Nov, 2023 - 16:30

Opening the College Meeting + Invoking the Lineage

Wed, 8 Nov, 2023 - 16:30

The College Meeting began on Monday evening with Ratnadharini welcoming 43 of the 50 current Public Preceptors to the annual international College meeting. They have travelled from North America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, Spain, Germany, Ireland and the UK, to gather together here at Adhisthana. A couple of those not present will hopefully be arriving in the next days, and the others unable to make the journey this year for various reasons. They spent the first evening checking-in...

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Day Ten #PilgrimageUnlimited Video Diary: Tewkesbury to Adhisthana

From Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 22 Jun, 2023 - 23:18

Day Ten #PilgrimageUnlimited Video Diary: Tewkesbury to Adhisthana

From Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 22 Jun, 2023 - 23:18

Day 10: Tewkesbury to Adhisthana, 13.5 miles. Mud and Rose Petals… 🌹🥳🎉 

Ratnadharini writes:

…and amazingly we’ve exceeded the target of raising £15,000 for Tiratanaloka Unlimited!!! I left Tewkesbury along the River Severn, then across country towards the distant Malvern Hills. Greeted by very friendly sheep with dreadlocks, like the ones that graze at Adhisthana. Up and over the Malverns, and then the GPS insisted I take a track that got more and more rutted and flooded; a convoy of Landrover Discovery 4x4s...

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One day + only £1800 to go... Ratnadharini shares her gratitude and inspiration...

From Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 22 Jun, 2023 - 00:10

One day + only £1800 to go... Ratnadharini shares her gratitude and inspiration...

From Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 22 Jun, 2023 - 00:10

Ratnadharini is on the final day(!) of her 150 mile pilgrimage between the places of Sangharakshita’s birth and death; and, we have reached 88% of her fundraising target.

Here she shares her delight and gratitude for all the generosity she has received thus far, and tells us of her inspiration for the Tiratanaloka Unlimited project.

She would like to raise another £1800, which we could do if 25 people give £70 each.

Can you give and contribute to Tiratanaloka...

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Day Eight #PilgrimageUnlimited Video Diary: Gt Barrington to Winchcombe

From Buddhist Centre Features on Tue, 20 Jun, 2023 - 22:49

Day Eight #PilgrimageUnlimited Video Diary: Gt Barrington to Winchcombe

From Buddhist Centre Features on Tue, 20 Jun, 2023 - 22:49

Day 8: Great Barrington to Winchcombe, 19.5 miles. Torrential rain, wet socks, and taking the next step… 🌧️🦶🏼💙

Ratnadharini writes:

Today was always going to be a challenge, but the early start meant I started out in a torrential downpour and was soon soaked through - including boots full of water. I squelched determinedly for a couple of hours, until a church porch gave me an opportunity to wring out my socks. The universe seemed to think 19.5 miles wasn’t enough of a challenge...

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Day Seven #PilgrimageUnlimited Video Diary: Weald to Gt Barrington

From Buddhist Centre Features on Tue, 20 Jun, 2023 - 03:29

Day Seven #PilgrimageUnlimited Video Diary: Weald to Gt Barrington

From Buddhist Centre Features on Tue, 20 Jun, 2023 - 03:29

Day 7: Weald to Great Barrington, 12 miles. Wheat-fields, storm-clouds, and Ratnadharini’s mythic motivation… ⛅️🌾🌝  

Ratnadharini writes:

A relatively easy day across fields and through a few small villages, with houses, churches, drystone walls and stiles of honey-coloured Cotswold stone. I’m actually staying in Burford, taking a bus there and back again tomorrow morning. Planning to set out at 5.30, as tomorrow is 19.5 miles and the forecast is for heavy rain and thunder… will let you know how it goes!

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