On July 21st 2019, The Observer featured an article critical of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. As senior members of Triratna, we wanted to respond to some of the content, and to the general areas of concern raised around the conduct of members of the Order as they relate to the wellbeing of anyone connecting with our community.
The Adhisthana Kula is a grouping of senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who hold particular responsibility for...
Triratna’s model Ethical guidelines and policies for Safeguarding children and adults are published today, updated for 2019 by Triratna’s Safeguarding team, part of Triratna’s Ethics Kula.
(See ‘Who are the Ethics kula and Safeguarding team?” and ‘What is Safeguarding?” below.)
Safeguarding and ethical policies and procedures can be seen as a practical expression of ahimsa, non-harming, the value underlying Buddhist precepts and the Bodhisattva activity of protecting living beings from harm.
The model Ethical guidelines (first published in 2015 on the initiative of Triratna’s International Council)...
In this first blog on the inspirational personal talks in the Women Elders of the Triratna Buddhist Community series on Free Buddhist Audio, Gabi Thesing, a GFR Mitra from Cambridge, describes her response to Dhammadinna’s very moving account of the early days of Triaratna and how the Dharma and the friends she has made have kept her inspired for almost 50 years.
Dhammadinna has been ordained for almost as long as I have been alive. When she was...
Buddhist Action Month is now over but here’s a highlight from the Dublin Buddhist Centre - on 12th June, as part of BAM 2019, some of their Sangha meditated outside the Dáil (the Irish parliament) to raise awareness about the need to take action to address the climate crisis. Here’s a short podcast with some of the participants about why they took part as Dharma practitioners and how the meditation went.
The women’s ordination team, with Karunamaya and Padmasuri, led a one month’s Dhamma training course for young women in Nagpur. The culminated in Bodhgaya where those on the course led a 5 day retreat for women in Bihar. Watch this documentary and hear the participants talk about their experience. For me it seems an especially significant course. The young women learn about the Dhamma and Dr Ambedkar in the very heartland of modern Indian Buddhism. They then travel North to...
I’m giving a talk and hosting a discussion on this topic at the Dharma Parlour at the Buddhafield Festival this Friday at 2pm. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ve written this blog.
I’m committed to non-violence, personally and politically. Looking to the past for inspiration, Gandhi turned non-violence into a powerful political instrument. More recently, Extinction Rebellion has done the same in relation to the climate crisis.
Gandhi encouraged us to be the change that we wish to see in the...
Appointment of Virasiddhi and Nagapriya as Public Preceptors
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Virasiddhi and Nagapriya as Public Preceptors. They are our first Public Preceptors from Mexico, and Virasiddhi is our first native Mexican Public Preceptor.This is a very significant development for Triratna in Latin America.
Virasiddhi I encountered the Dharma in 1995 at Mexico City, thanks to the work of Upekshamati. Meditation and...
On 12th June, as part of Buddhist Action Month 2019, a group from the Dublin Buddhist Centre Sangha meditated outside the Dáil (the Irish parliament) to raise awareness about the need for our leaders to take action to address the climate crisis.
Here’s a short podcast with some of the participants about why they took part and how it went.