Barrie Cotterell is a Mitra in northern Cyprus, where he runs a Buddhist meditation group. He writes:
“Here’s a video to introduce our group in Karaman, a village in Northern Cyprus (the Turkish part). I was at the Cardiff Buddhist Centre (Wales, UK) for 8 years before retiring and moving to Cyprus late in 2015. I have also asked for ordination.
I began offering an introduction class in March this year. Originally I had just two people attending but now we are into double figures with regulars from Russia, Iran and Romania as well as ex-pat Britons, and one American.
I still keep in touch with most of my friends among the mitras and Order Members in Cardiff via Skype or email and I study regularly with one of my KMs, Sanghaloka, who is based in West Wales. This helps me feel connected with Triratna.
It’s early days for the group but there are other people who are showing an interest in Buddhism and meditation who will be moving or returning to Cyprus in the near future. It appears to be growing by word of mouth at the moment. I have asked some Order members to visit and hope they will participate in our classes when they come over.”
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