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European Chairs Assembly July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul, 2017 - 08:21

European Chairs Assembly July 2017

Thu, 20 Jul, 2017 - 08:21

The European Chairs Assembly is taking place 17-27 July 2017 at the LBC’s beautiful new Vajrasana retreat centre in the Suffolk countryside. 

Twice a year the chairs from Triratna Buddhist Centres across Europe as well as the chairs or representatives from the main Triratna projects such as the Abhayaratna Trust, Karuna, Clear Vision and Dharmachakra, come together - for a week in January, and 10 days in the summer. It is a significant event in the life of a chair....

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Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly seeks new Safeguarding officer

Thu, 26 Jan, 2017 - 10:11

Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly seeks new Safeguarding officer

Thu, 26 Jan, 2017 - 10:11

Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly seeks new Safeguarding officer

We are looking for an Order member to carry on the development of Safeguarding policy and practice begun by Munisha in 2013.

This is an opportunity to join a happy and successful team, and to play an extremely helpful role in the life of Triratna: you will work as an extension of the European Chairs’ Assembly’s Development team, under the team leadership of Nandavajra and supported by Munisha. Ensuring co-ordination across Triratna, you will also work...

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European Triratna's Safeguarding rollout well under way

Sun, 15 Jan, 2017 - 15:35

European Triratna's Safeguarding rollout well under way

Sun, 15 Jan, 2017 - 15:35

At the end of this month’s gathering of Triratna’s European Chairs, there was a show of hands to establish how many centres now had Safeguarding officers and policies for the protection of children and “vulnerable adults”.

Of Triratna’s 35 urban centres and retreat centres in Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe, 30 had Safeguarding officers and had adopted safeguarding policies, or were in process of doing so.

This is an extremely good rate of progress. We began talking...

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Ratnaguna - Three Talks On The Pureland

Wed, 13 Jan, 2016 - 00:09

Ratnaguna - Three Talks On The Pureland

Wed, 13 Jan, 2016 - 00:09

A new three-part series from Ratnaguna introduces the Pureland texts as a practice in themselves, and discusses their relationship to Sangharakshita’s core teachings. 

In the first talk Ratnaguna takes us on an excellent exploration of imagination itself, essential for understanding the sutras on their own terms. The second talk discusses how the texts hint at what Sangharakshita calls the supra-personal force of the Bodhichitta. The third talk is on the importance of sangha in the sutras and its relevance...

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ECA Winter 2016: Days 5 & 6

Sun, 10 Jan, 2016 - 22:18

ECA Winter 2016: Days 5 & 6

Sun, 10 Jan, 2016 - 22:18

Yesterday the 35 or so European Chairs began the day with meditation as every day; followed by a presentation on the work of the College of Public Preceptors, from its Chair, Saddhaloka.

They looked at ideas for future international celebrations of Triratna: there’s the 60th anniversary of Dr Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism, which falls in 14th October this year and is so particularly important for our sangha in India. In April 2017 there is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of...

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ECA Winter 2016: Days 1-4

Sat, 9 Jan, 2016 - 14:52

ECA Winter 2016: Days 1-4

Sat, 9 Jan, 2016 - 14:52

The first of the ECA’s two meetings this year began last Monday evening. 

The first day was spent, as usual, in groups sharing their lives as Order members and as Chairs of Triratna centres and other Triratna enterprises in Europe; friendship is at the heart of the ECA meetings, as well as the work itself. Many of the Chairs have been coming for years, or know each other from other Triratna gatherings. Thus business takes place in an atmosphere of...

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European Chairs assembly Meeting August 2015: report by Nandavajra

Sun, 13 Sep, 2015 - 10:40

European Chairs assembly Meeting August 2015: report by Nandavajra

Sun, 13 Sep, 2015 - 10:40

European Chairs assembly Meeting August 2015: report by Nandavajra

More than 30 Triratna European Centre Chairs gathered at Adhisthana from 12th to 20th August for the summer European Chairs Assembly and were joined by members of the Preceptors College, non-European guest Chairs (Shubhavyuha from Sydney and Sudaya from Melbourne), representatives from movement wide projects and members of the Development Team. The Adhisthana team and community were very attentive, generous but unobtrusive hosts despite the fact that they were working very hard to...

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Day 7 at the ECA

Wed, 19 Aug, 2015 - 20:17

Day 7 at the ECA

Wed, 19 Aug, 2015 - 20:17

This morning Triratna’s European Chairs held their business meeting, in which the main item was the allocation of their Development Fund for 2016. (See the photo-summary of these grants.)

The ECA’s Development Fund generally totals around £100,000 per year, donated by Triratna Centres and enterprises all over Europe, as well as by some Centres further afield. This year they’ve given £116,000 and, thanks to Amalavajra’s fundraising, there’s an additional £20,000 - and there could be another £30,000 too. So, two budgets...

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Day 6 at the ECA

Tue, 18 Aug, 2015 - 20:54

Day 6 at the ECA

Tue, 18 Aug, 2015 - 20:54

To the sound of lorries delivering food and folding chairs for this weekend’s Order gathering to celebrate Bhante’s 90th birthday, Vidyamala presented the history and evolution of Breathworks, the mindfulness project she founded in 2001 to help people live better with pain and illness. She also talked about “mainstream” mindfulness teaching as Bodhisattva activity in an intensely suffering world.

Hear a short, inspiring interview with Vidyamala.

In Q & A and small groups, the Chairs continued their exploration of the...

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Day 5 at the ECA

Mon, 17 Aug, 2015 - 22:38

Day 5 at the ECA

Mon, 17 Aug, 2015 - 22:38

Today we’ve been looking at the phenomenon of mindfulness in UK society, now to be found in settings including prisons, schools and healthcare. What should be the response of Triratna Buddhist Centres; the relationship between what’s being taught in secular society and what we teach in Triratna?

We began with a presentation from Vishvapani who has been working with the UK Parliament at Westminster. He’s been editing the All Party Parliamentary Group’s report, ‘Mindful Nation’, to be published...