Today was devoted to looking at our relationship with a suffering world and how we might meet its needs as a community.
The morning saw short but heartfelt talks from • Akuppa (UK), on climate change and the effect it is already having, including its relationship to refugee crises; • Viveka (North America), on moving towards greater ethnic diversity in Triratna; • Yashosagar (India), on combatting poverty and discrimination, looking at the teachings of Dr Ambedkar.
The International Council’s first full day started with meditation, ritual, lively breakfast conversation and introductions from around the world.
The Council’s membership spans six Areas: Spain & Latin America, India, North America, Mainland Europe, the UK& Ireland and Australia & New Zealand. These in turn are subdivided into Regions, to enable consultation across the Order.
There are about 40 of us here this week, including some guests. The 33 delegates present, roughly 50:50 women and men, introduced themselves in groups from these Areas and...