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Vishvapani on the BBC

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 9 Nov, 2017 - 15:09

Vishvapani on the BBC

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 9 Nov, 2017 - 15:09

For a number of years, Vishvapani has been the regular Buddhist contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Four’s morning news programme, Today.

Here are his recent broadcasts, accessible anywhere in the world. His views on violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma/Myanmar may be of particular interest.

11th May 2017 Is Buddhism still relevant? (Buddha Day)
18th May 2017 Eating in moderation 
1st June 2017 If technology served Buddhist goals
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Meet the new Triratna Safeguarding team

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 8 Nov, 2017 - 18:21

Meet the new Triratna Safeguarding team

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 8 Nov, 2017 - 18:21

Safeguarding work in Triratna, in progress since 2013, has developed enormously in the last three months. As the overall Safeguarding officer (Munisha) I’d like to bring you up to date.

Training On 4th October, around 30 Safeguarding officers and trustees from Triratna centres across the UK, and Saddhaloka (Chair of Triratna’s College of Public Preceptors), gathered at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre for our second training day. After last year’s training in child protection, this year we worked on ‘Safeguarding adults’ with the help of an...

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yashobodhi's picture

Great news, Munisha. So glad to hear about this team.

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Excellent work Munisha! Great team too.

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Marvellous work, Munisha: unglamorous (well, the opposite of glamorous), mostly unsung and so important. Thanks so much for your great labours, and I do wish you well with your team.

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Dear Munisha,

Well done!  Thank you for all the effort.

However, this will be insufficient in the eyes of those outside Triratna because the whole process takes place within Triratna. An truly external resource is the only way to silence critics.

with many thanks,

Tom

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Dear Tom, thank you for your appreciative words.

There is no such thing as external Safeguarding in Britain, and (apart from just getting on with the Safeguarding!) there is nothing we can do about those who aren’t satisfied, even when I say, again and again that we are doing our Safeguarding exactly according to the nationally agreed requirements - and, now, under the guidance of Amaladipa - someone very, very senior in the criminal justice system.

I’ve checked this with external agencies and they all agree: Safeguarding must be internal, in order to be effective. This because only those who are known and trusted and who know the organisation well will be able to influence its leaders and culture. It is working very well, though of course there is always further to go. We are not complacent.

Metta,
Munisha

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Ordination in Dublin, Ireland

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 10 Oct, 2017 - 12:45

Ordination in Dublin, Ireland

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 10 Oct, 2017 - 12:45

We are happy to announce the first Triratna ordination in Ireland! Keith Hogan’s public ordination was held Saturday, 7th October 2017, at the Sophia Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

Keith Hogan becomes Rijumuni
meaning ‘Honest/sincere sage’
Private preceptor: Khemadhamma
Public preceptor: Saddhaloka

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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Ordination at Tiratnanaloka

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 9 Oct, 2017 - 18:58

Ordination at Tiratnanaloka

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 9 Oct, 2017 - 18:58

We are delighted to announce the public ordination of Claire Walsh on Saturday 7th October, at the Manchester Buddhist Centre, amidst a gathering of over 100 sangha, family, and other friends.

​Claire’s private ordination took place at Tiratanaloka on Wednesday 4th October, during a retreat specially arranged so that her husband and their recently adopted baby could stay with her throughout.

Claire becomes Nischalasri
(acute accent over both s to be pronounced sh; second i is long)
meaning ’She whose radiance is unwavering’.
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Ordinations at Padmaloka

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 - 12:14

Ordinations at Padmaloka

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 - 12:14

We are delighted to announce that the following men were publicly ordained on Saturday 30th September:

Public preceptor: Surata

Terry Diffey becomes Prasannamanas
meaning ’He whose mind is clear’
Private preceptor: Yashodeva

Public preceptor: Satyaraja

Lindsay Robertson becomes Akashavajra
(long first and second a)
meaning ‘He who has the qualities of both diamond and sky’
Private preceptor: Suriyavamsa

Les Robertson becomes Shantivajra
(long first a)
meaning ’Diamond thunderbolt of peace’
Private preceptor: Suriyavamsa

Public preceptor: Maitreyabandhu

Kelvin Heron becomes Shuddhavasin
(long second a)
meaning ’He who abides in purity’
Private preceptor: Dharmadipa

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Ordinations at Akashavana

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 21 Sep, 2017 - 10:18

Ordinations at Akashavana

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 21 Sep, 2017 - 10:18

We are delighted to announce that the following women were publicly ordained at Akashavana, Spain, on 16th September:

Public preceptor: Parami

Elizabeth Hellard becomes Kamalasiri
a Pali name meaning ’She who has the beauty of a lotus’. 
Westernised spelling: Kamalasiri.
Private preceptor: Dayalocana

Penny Strange becomes Vidyamani
a Sanskrit/Pali name meaning ’She who is like a jewel of knowledge’.
(Long first’a’ and last ‘i’ and dot under the ‘n’)
Westernised spelling: Vidyamani
Private preceptor: Saddhanandi

Meera Vig becomes Aksobhini
a Sanskrit name meaning ’She...

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Triratna Southampton opens new centre!

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 11 Sep, 2017 - 17:20

Triratna Southampton opens new centre!

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 11 Sep, 2017 - 17:20

After many hours and lots of generous help from a team of volunteers, we have transformed the old ‘Plume of Feathers’ pub into our new Southampton Buddhist Centre

On the eve of their grand opening on 8th September - the last day of the ‘old’ before they formally became the ‘new’ - Amritadasa led an evening of meditation and quiet reflection to begin the weekend of celebrations. Next they held an Open Day beginning with a ribbon cutting opening ceremony, with an opportunity to...

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Ordinations at Aryaloka, USA

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 22:03

Ordinations at Aryaloka, USA

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 22:03

We are pleased to announce two ordinations celebrated at Aryaloka Retreat Center in New Hampshire, USA on Sunday 27th August 2017.

Rochelle Gatlin becomes Medhahshri
Sanskrit name meaning ‘She who has the luster of wisdom’
Public preceptor Ashokashri
Private preceptor Karunadevi

Steve Wade becomes Chittavan
Sanskrit/Pali name meaning ‘Intelligent, kind-hearted’
Public preceptor Nagabodhi
Private preceptor Suddhayu

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!...

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"What the world needs now": Triratna's International Gathering kicks off!

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 25 Aug, 2017 - 09:16

"What the world needs now": Triratna's International Gathering kicks off!

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 25 Aug, 2017 - 09:16

Adhisthana plays host to Triratna’s International Gathering 2017 this weekend, with around 330 Friends, Mitras and Order members from at least 10 countries spending a long weekend together in many languages. Our theme is ‘What the world needs now”.

It’s a family-friendly event, with children running merrily around the place, enjoying a children’s tent, special activities and storytelling in the shrine tent each evening before the puja. There are workshops, a choir, beginners’ classes, talks, meditation, food… and friendship.

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UK and Ireland Order weekend: "A rich and many splendored thing"

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 13:01

UK and Ireland Order weekend: "A rich and many splendored thing"

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 13:01

Three hundred and fifty or so members of the Triratna Buddhist Order have been meeting at Adhisthana, UK. This summer’s UK and Ireland Order weekend included women and men from countries including Sweden, France, Spain, India, Belgium, Mexico and Venezuela, supported by an international mitra team.

The weekend had three emphases:
1. Extending outwards
2. Going deeper
3. Learning from the past

Extending outwards The Order’s symbol is the thousand-armed...

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