Triratna Ordination in the New StatesmanOn Sun, 18 July, 2021 - 11:29
Last week, I and 3 other new order members were welcomed back to the LBC as our new selves. As is tradition at the London Buddhist Centre, we invited many of our friends and family and gave short talks - trying to explain to the Buddhist and non-Buddhist audience (as well as to ourselves) what we’d just committed our lives to. I found it a hugely moving event, integrating different strands of my life together - old and new; public and private.
So I was delighted to read a piece in the New Statesman, written by my old school friend Stephen Bush, reflecting on the profound meaning of our ordination just a few days later.
When a Buddhist is ordained their new moniker is at once a revelation, a name that speaks to who they are today, and a promise: something they have to live up to, a pointer on their journey.
Stephen’s reflecting in the article on 3 events he’s been to within a week - a wedding, the fallout of England’s defeat in the Euro football final, and our ordination welcome back evening. He weaves together these 3 themes rather beautifully, and significantly for us - it’s the ordination that helps him make sense of the confusing emotions the other events left him with. He’s really a very skilled writer, and it’s been a delight for me as a friend seeing him excel in his career over the years and become the political editor of the NS.
Although Triratna’s been mentioned in other high profile news outlets before (including Vishvapani’s and Suryagupta’s regular slots on BBC radio), I think this is probably the most high profile mention of our ordination we’ve ever had, so feels very significant. And even more special knowing that Sangharakshita was a New Statesman reader!*
Read the New Statesman article online. (It’s also in this week’s print edition.)
*Sangharakshita mentions reading the New Statesman in Moving Against The Stream, as well as The Telegraph - presumably to ensure he was getting a range of views from the political spectrum.