Vidyatara writes from Adhisthana, UK, introducing the new Young Women’s Dharma Life Course, February - June 2014
Adhisthana is dedicated to teaching Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma, faithful to the Buddha’s own teachings and honouring the best in all schools. In addition to running study retreats and colloquia for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, we plan to provide five-month Dharma study and training courses primarily aimed at younger women and men who are either mitras or mitras training for ordination.
The first of these courses, the Young Women’s Dharma Life Course, is scheduled to run February - June 2014 and will cost £1,500. We are seeking expressions of interest by 30th September from mitras and mitras training for ordination who would like to participate in this fully residential course.
The study courses will be based on the five key papers written by Subhuti and based on discussions with Bhante: ‘What is the Western Buddhist Order?’, ‘Revering and Relying upon the Dharma’, ‘Re-imagining the Buddha’, ‘Initiation into a New Life’ and ‘A Supra Personal Force’.
“Sangharakshita teaches that it is the circumstances of one’s life and the activities one engages in that help to transform both formal Dharma practice and service of the Dharma so that they truly do break through self-clinging and allow the Stream of the Dharma to flow through one. One needs to practise and serve the Dharma in the context of a Dharma lifestyle.” ‘A Supra Personal Force’, Subhuti, 2013.
In addition to Dharma study, the course will include some training in skills such as debate, writing and giving talks, conflict resolution and exploration of the arts. The group will also participate in the life of the Adhisthana community, meditating, working and practising together. We are looking for younger women with a high standard of spoken and written English. However, commitment to practice, inspiration and enthusiasm are the primary factors in deciding who will attend, so all women will also be considered. There are places for 8-9 women on the course.
Interested? Please let us know by 30 September 2013, outlining your personal and Dharma/Buddhist history including:
study you have undertaken
why a course such as this would be of benefit to you and the broader sangha and
what you would like to get from it.
Expressions of interest, questions or requests for further information should be emailed to vidyatara [at] mac.com (Vidyatara).