Chandrangsu writes from Mexico, where the Triratna community there have recently opened their second Buddhist Centre, and their first outside Mexico City. He writes “On 23rd of September the premises for the new Queretaro City Buddhist Centre, the ‘Comunidad Budista Triratna Querétaro’ were inaugurated. Abhayagita opened the event with a Metta Bhavana meditation, then Virasiddhi led everyone present into a recitation of the Dedication Ceremony. I followed with a talk on Sangharakshita’s Going Forth in India, the meaning of Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels, and the origin and development of the FWBO as a world-wide Buddhist movement now called the Triratna Buddhist Community.
The ceremony continued with a threefold puja, mantras and Vajrasattva chanting as a means of purification, with people walking around the perimeter of the premises holding burning incense sticks while chanting. The day concluded with an abundant and friendly vegetarian lunch where people had the opportunity to talk and introduce to each other. People came from different regions of the country, Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Querétaro and even two visitors from the USA.
“Comunidad Budista Triratna Queretaro” is the first attempt of establishing a Triratna Buddhist Centre outside centralized Mexico City. Queretaro is an accelerated-growth-rate city, where it is reckoned that 120 people move to the city every day on average.
Please direct your best wishes, blessings and metta to us, so that our project turns successful on attracting Queretaro citizens to follow the Buddhist Path and becoming part of the Maha-Sangha”.