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3rd International Council - Executive Summary

Fri, 5 Sep, 2014 - 17:28
From 5-13 August this year, 28 members of the Triratna Order from 9 countries met at Adhisthana to discuss a range of issues that are currently alive in the Triratna Community. This is an Executive Summary of the meeting - the 3rd International Council.

Full day-by-day Minutes are also being prepared and will be uploaded on this webspace. In the meantime, you can get a sense of the meeting and the people involved in the meeting by reading the...
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International Council 2014, Voices No. 8 - Jnanadakini (Latin America & Spain, Order Strand)

Tue, 19 Aug, 2014 - 21:22
Jnanadakini from Mexico joins us as our last Buddhist voice from the 2014 Triratna International Council. As the great assembly draws to a close she reflects with us on a strong week and the challenges in taking its inspiration back to a more isolated part of our community. Having moved from some scepticism about the value of the meeting to out and out enthusiasm, Jnanadakini is a great advocate of the spiritual practice involved in international gatherings!

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International Council 2014, Voices No. 7 - Maitriratna and Vijaya (India, Order and College Strands)

Thu, 14 Aug, 2014 - 09:39
A great interview with two pioneering women - the first female Indian members of the Order to come to the International Council to represent their respective strands. We hear about their home lives in India and their work within the Order there. And they share their inspiration from the Council, particularly around women taking responsibility and taking the lead in a spiritual community.

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International Council 2014, Voices No. 6 - Dharmananda (South Pacific, Order Strand)

Wed, 13 Aug, 2014 - 23:13
Dharmananda from Sydney, Australia joins us to discuss the well-established community Down Under, as well as his own practice of contemporary conscious homelessness. We hear about the challenges for a sangha that’s geographically distant from the other major Triratna Centres, and how the internationality aspect of the Council’s work helps people stay connected.

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Triratna International Council 2014 - Puja!

Tue, 12 Aug, 2014 - 08:06
A strong puja from the 2014 Triratna International Council, featuring an extract from the Avatamsaka (Flower Garland) Sutra, the Maitreya Mantra beautifully harmonized, the Ratana Sutta, and the Refuges and Precepts and Shakyamuni Mantra chanted Indian style…

We present here the full puja followed by key extracts.

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International Council 2014, Voices No. 5 - Vajrajyoti (South Pacific, Movement Strand)

Mon, 11 Aug, 2014 - 06:54
A delightful conversation today at the Triratna International Council with Vajrajyoti from Auckland, New Zealand, back for her second podcast after her debut at the last meeting in India. We reminisce about monkeys, talk about the challenge of language barriers to Dharma communities around the world, and appreciate the positive effects of internationality generally - especially in its ‘practice’ aspects! All in the rather beautiful, if rainy, English countryside around Adhisthana…

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International Council 2014, Voices No. 4 - Aryaketu (India, Order Strand)

Sun, 10 Aug, 2014 - 16:07
A great conversation on today’s podcast with Aryaketu from India. Inspiring tales from his Aryaloka Computer Institute project teaching I.T. skills to women and men from amongst India’s poorest communities as a way out of poverty. And a rousing evocation of why the International Council represents something vital to the sangha in India and is, indeed, the flowering of Dr. Ambedkar’s vision for the Dalit community.

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International Council 2014, Voices No. 3 - Amala (US & Canada, Order Strand)

Sat, 9 Aug, 2014 - 08:42
For today’s podcast we’re joined graciously (for the second time in a day!) by Amala from Aryaloka Buddhist Center in New Hampshire, USA. After some technical difficulties earlier we re-recorded this excellent conversation about how the International Council has alleviated a sense of isolation within Trirtana in the U.S. and enabled the Order there to share its considerable wealth of experience more widely. An affirming and inspiring vision of connectedness from the USA &...
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International Council 2014, Voices No. 2 - Chandramsu (Latin America & Spain, Movement Strand)

Fri, 8 Aug, 2014 - 05:50
A meeting with Chandramsu from Mexico, new to the International Council and keen to bring his regional perspective in and to take back a sense of connection to the wider Order and Community.

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