During a Question and Answer session in 2009, Bhante Sangharakshita talked about the need for a structure that would allow the members of the Preceptors' College, the Order and the Movement to come together so that 'they are not each just going their separate ways or coming into some sort of conflict...'
Two years later, on 22 August 2011 at Padmaloka, Bhante gave his support and blessing to the first meeting of a new coordinating structure developed to bring people together in that way - the Triratna International Council.
The aims of the Triratna International Council include maintaining unity and harmony throughout the Triratna Community, providing a means of consultation and participation that all members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Movement can actively and easily engage with, as well as facilitating decision-making and coordination at all levels of the Order and the Movement - locally and internationally.
Importantly, the Triratna International Council is a framework that supports dynamic two-way communication between Strands (the Order, the Movement and the Preceptors' College), between Areas across the world, between Centres, between Chapters and between individual Order members.
Members of the Triratna International Council have been put forward by people in their Strand and Area, so they are able to represent local interests at an international level. And, through their connections, dialogue and meetings with others in the Council they are able to better understand and share back international perspectives on issues affecting the Order and Movement.
The Triratna International Council, working together with other regional and local coordinating structures, such as Area Councils, Chairs' Assemblies, Order and Mitra Convening groups, Centre Councils and Chapters, has the potential to provide a focus for unity, stability and sustainability of the Triratna Order and Community now and into the future, particularly after Bhante's death.
The second meeting of the Triratna International Council was held from 16 February - 22 February 2013 at Nagaloka, Napur in India.
About this space
This space provides background information on the Triratna International Council, its aims, its guiding principles, its members and both the 1st and 2nd Triratna International Council meetings.
To try to communicate the spirit of the 2nd Triratna International Council meeting more fully, we have also posted talks, videos and photos togther with interviews with some of the participants at the most recent gathering in India. There are two main documents covering the meeting and the outcomes:
- the Meeting Outline provides a comprehensive day-to-day documentation of the gathering, including links to talks and discussion notes and background material; and
- the Summary provides just the highlights and outcomes of the gathering including summaries of the discussions around the 3 major themes, the identified actions arising from the discussions and the Priority Action Plans developed by the Strands.
Browse through the Resources, Pictures, Videos and Talks posts to get a flavour of the east and of the work and practice of the Triratna International Council.
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A talk by Vidyatara, assistant to...