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Interested in Buddhist chaplaincy (UK)?

Fri, 30 Oct, 2020 - 09:57

A message from the Buddhist Chaplaincy Support Group (UK) for those interested in finding out more about training as a Buddhist chaplain.

“Dear All,

We are pleased to contact you about opportunities for interested individuals to attend a course to find out more about what Buddhist spiritual caregiving/ Buddhist Chaplaincy is about.

This is the ninth consecutive year (2011-2020) and all these years we have been working hard to develop suitable support for those who...

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BCSG handbook579.64 KB
BCSG application form350.82 KB
Chaplaincy course advert181.09 KB
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Vatican greetings for Buddha Day/Wesak 2020

Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 12:50

Here is this year’s greeting to Buddhists worldwide from the Vatican.


Message for the Feast of Vesakh/Hanamatsuri 2020
2 April 2020
Buddhists and Christians: 
Constructing a Culture of Compassion and Fraternity

Dear Buddhists Friends,

1. On behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, we extend our heartfelt greetings and good wishes to you and to all Buddhist communities...

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Full reports from the Shakyadhita conference 2019

Tue, 3 Sep, 2019 - 11:24

Triratna News recently reported from the 16th Shakyadhita conference, held in the Blue Mountains, Australia in June. This conference was attended by Kusalacitta (Australia) and Karunadeepa and Tarahridaya (India) and here we publish their full reports.

Shakyadhita (‘Daughters of the Buddha’) is the international association of Buddhist women. Over the years a number of Dharmacharinis have attended its conferences.

Dharmamodini was also present, running the stall for Bodhi Books and Gifts, Triratna’s shop in Sydney.

See the Triratna News...

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The Gen-X 2019 Podcast

Fri, 28 Jun, 2019 - 22:43

At the end of this podcast you’ll discover about six minutes of musical joy as we’re played out by the amazing marimba band from Great Vow Zen Monastery, hosts of the 2019 Generation-X Dharma Teachers conference near Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA

But before that… A terrific round-table conversation with some of the organizers and participants gathering to look at ethics and power dynamics in the life of Buddhist communities. Join Candradasa, Rebecca...

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Generation X Dharma Teachers' Conference 2019 this weekend

Fri, 14 Jun, 2019 - 09:20

The 2019 Generation X Dharma Teachers’ Conference takes place this weekend at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon, USA.

This year those attending this biennial North American conference include three members of the Triratna Buddhist Order: Candradasa from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA; Vimalasara from Vancouver, Canada and Singhasri, an American who lives London, UK.

There’s no conference website but the attached booklet gives all details of the programme and those attending from a wide variety of Buddhist traditions in North America. The main topic is ethics,...

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European Buddhist Union Conference 2018 - call for papers

Wed, 6 Sep, 2017 - 12:54

European Buddhist Union Conference 2018 - call for papers
“Spreading wisdom and compassion in European societies”
April 13/14/15 
Benalmádena, Malaga, Spain

The European Buddhist Union (EBU, organises a conference event every 2 years. Following the “Buddhism in Action” conference in Berlin in 2016, there will be the another such event in April 2018.

The theme of the conference event is “Spreading wisdom and compassion in European societies”, with their specific socio-political, cultural and economic features.

Potential speakers...

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Women of Faith: International Women's Day at BMAG -1

Tue, 26 Apr, 2016 - 11:19

Samachitta, until recently Chair of Triratna’s Birmingham Buddhist Centre, spoke at an International Women’s Day interfaith event at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) on 10th March 2016.

Here’s the text of her talk, ‘Women who have inspired me’ in which she talks about the Buddha’s aunt Mahaprajapati, Dipa Ma and Triratna’s own Maitrisara, Birmingham’s mitra convenor for women - whose picture currently appears next to a Triratna kesa in BMAG’s exhibition ‘Faith in Birmingham’.

See the next...

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Friendship as the future of Buddhism: talk to European Buddhist Union conference: 'Buddhism in Action'

Sun, 3 Apr, 2016 - 22:00

Hosted by the European Buddhist Union, this last weekend saw a gathering in Berlin of 50-90 Buddhists of many traditions, from over 15 countries across Europe, east and west. See pictures and responses to the weekend.

A full programme of talks and practice workshops offered a rather amazing view of the diversity of European Buddhism – as well as many common elements and themes: ageing sanghas, leadership succession questions, successful youth work…

I gave a 30-minute talk on “Friendship as the future of Buddhism” about...

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Two PowerPoints about Triratna

Tue, 29 Mar, 2016 - 11:21

Below are pdfs of two PowerPoint presentations for talks I have given about Triratna in the last six months.

The first - What is Triratna? - is a talk I gave to the European Buddhist Union in Berlin in September 2015.

The second - Triratna in the Buddhist world - was given to Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) in January 2016.

The ECA comprises Chairs of all Triratna centres and enterprises in Europe, who meet for a week in January and July/August every year, at Adhisthana.

To further their business between meetings, they...