On Saturday the 29th, the International Council will begin their 2020 meeting online.
Representatives of the College, Order and Movement across all six geographical Areas of Triratna will be gathering to consider their priorities and live themes in the Order and Movement, as well as exploring together different aspects of the Bodhicitta Meditation in community practice sessions.
Together, they will discuss:
revisiting the ICs four key strategic priorities in the light of the global coronavirus pandemic and the increased awareness of social, environmental and political engagement,
Follow this link to the latest International Council Newsletter. It includes an introduction to the International Council, it’s history and purpose; a report of the 2019 meeting; the emerging priorities for the three strands - the College, the Order, and the Movement; an update on the International Council and Sikkha Project teams; and a personal perspective on the International Council from one of it’s members.
The International Council’s 4th meeting closed yesterday with much appreciation for the great hard work and skill of everyone involved in running the event, from the facilitators to the cooks. Many of us were already looking ahead to the next meeting, in early 2018, in India.
Even before we had all left, Adhisthana was welcoming early arrivals for the next event, much bigger than ours: the international Order convention for men, including a group of Dharmacharis from India.
Today the International Council looked to the future, starting with a time machine journey in which we were all transported forward 30 years. Apparently British intelligence services were particularly wanting their prototype time machine tested by a group of Buddhists with a courtyard. And they found us!
Chanting the maitri mantra we circled three times clockwise around the courtyard, then broke into small groups to look back at today’s Triratna from an imagined future, which yielded many imaginative ideas. Coming back to the...
International Council members woke today to the best kind of lush, golden Herefordshire summer morning: pigeons cooing; deep green oak trees in full leaf.
The day was devoted to the theme of conflict resolution and related matters. Dhammarati presented the document “What is a Triratna Buddhist Centre?” As the result of the Council’s first-ever worldwide consultation, this is a landmark.
Saddhaloka introduced new draft model ethical guidelines for the Order and Munisha introduced the latest version of the model ‘Safeguarding’ documents regarding the protection...
Dhammamegha’s detailed exposition of the early stages of an ambitious, exciting new project to renew and re-imagine the Triratna system of practice as a genuinely collective international endeavour…
Her full account of where the project is at after its early stage research is preceded by Dhammarati’s helpful account of the Sikkha Project in relation to the Triratna International Council - the hows and whys of the project got started.
Following the earlier set of talks about different areas of challenge for contemporary Buddhists in the modern world - at times sobering as we heard evoked strongly the huge needs involved - we get to hear some tales of ordinary communities of practitioners who are doing something creative in response.