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Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the World: Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 11:53

Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the World: Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 11:53

From the 10th to the 13th May 2018 the Dutch and the Belgian Sanghas are holding an Order-Mitra Convention at the Dutch retreat centre Metta Vihara, to which they have invited some Mitras from the Hungarian gypsy community. 

Subhuti has been working with the Gyspy community in Hungary for over a decade, and he is a Kalyana Mitra (spiritual friend) of the Hungarian, Triratna-affiliated Jai Bhim network. The impact that Dr Ambedkar had on the lives of hundred of thousands of...

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Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

As mindfulness has entered the mainstream of Western societies, one of the most striking developments is the popularity of mindfulness practice among British Members of Parliament and the connections they have made to public policy. Triratna has had a significant presence in this process.  Vishvapani, one of those involved, updates us on this work and writes:  “A few years ago, when these discussions started, I don’t think any of us imagined that their potential ramifications could be so far-reaching.” 

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New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

Maitrikaya from the Dublin Buddhist Centre writes: “On March 24th 2018 at the historic Rotunda building in Dublin a meeting took place to establish the Irish Buddhist Union (IBU) to represent Buddhism in Ireland. The IBU is a new umbrella association of Buddhist Sanghas and Organisations in Ireland. It is envisioned as a fellowship of Irish Buddhists, intending to bring Buddhist ideas and principles to the attention of wider Irish society.

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Sadhu to all involved, may it benefit many. A 12% growth in 7 years in big. Do you know which faiths have grown even more than Buddhism in Ireland??

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

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Hi Vajracaksu,

Interesting question! Looking at the information from the Central Statistics Office (which you can find here) there were two other religions which grew more than Buddhism in Ireland between 2011 and 2016:  there was a 28.1% increase in the number of Muslims (up to 63,443 people) and a 34% increase in the number of Hindus (up to 14,332 people).  Buddhism is the next largest non-Christian religion after that.  The next census will be in 2021 so it will be interesting to see if the upwards growth of Buddhists in Ireland continues!

With Metta,

Sadayasihi

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Thank you Sadayasihi for taking the trouble to respond, I’ve taken a bit of a look at the link you sent. It seems to me that the wording of the original article was not accurate. The numbers of Buddhists are growing in Ireland but that Buddhism is one of the slowest or the slowest growing one:

Hindus 34%
Jewish 28.9%
Muslims 28.1%

Buddhist 12.1%

It is great that more people are interested in the Dharma of course but in this day and age I’m especially fond of ‘accuracy of narration.’

Thank you for the job you’re doing.

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

 

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Thanks for pointing this out Vajracaksu.  I take your point about accuracy of narrative. Just to say that I think Maitrikaya got that statistic from an article in the Irish Times, a national newspaper.

If you look at the list of religions (in the database list) there are 53 listed.  Without going through all 53 (and deciphering which are Christian and non-Christian) and calculating the % growth or otherwise between 2011 and 2016 I can’t definitely dispute whether Buddhism should now go from being described as the fastest growing to the slowest growing religion or not.   

However the fact remains that the numbers of Buddhists in Ireland according to the census indicate that it is the third largest grouping after Muslims and Hindus, which seems the most significant point, and why at this juncture an Irish Inter-Buddhist network would be warranted.

I hope things are going well in Istanbul.

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Sadayasihi

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Excellent. Very impressed by the RTE video -beautifully done. Your second and third links above are the same btw.

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Supporting the Venezuelan Sangha

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 6 Apr, 2018 - 11:15

Supporting the Venezuelan Sangha

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 6 Apr, 2018 - 11:15

With the help of Future Dharma Fund, three Order Members from the UK and Spain visited Merida in Venezuela to help the Sangha there, who are growing despite being in challenging conditions. Aryavachin (living in Nottingham but from Venezuela), Manjusiha (from Padmaloka, UK) and Padmashalin (from Valencia, Spain) have been kept busy in Venezuala!

Aryavachin has been keeping a record of the visit, which started with an afternoon on William Blake and the integration of...

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Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:15

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:15

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

As March draws to a close, and the clocks have sprung forward an hour, spring is poking its head up through the soil and swelling in buds on branches all around Adhisthana. Though we have had some terribly cold and snowy days there have also been some sunny ones, and when bright and dry if maybe not so warm, Bhante has taken what opportunities he could and enjoyed a morning walk...

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Four New Volumes of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 14:33

Four New Volumes of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 14:33

As part of the celebrations around the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Order, Windhorse Publications will release four new volumes of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita in early April.

The Complete Works include all previously published work by Sangharakshita, as well as talks, seminars and writings published for the first time. This collection represents the definitive edition of his life’s work as a Buddhist writer and teacher.

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The Urygen Sangharakshita International School in India

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Mar, 2018 - 12:46

The Urygen Sangharakshita International School in India

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Mar, 2018 - 12:46

There are many different Buddhist projects happening around the Triratna world.  One interesting project is a school run by Buddhists in Amravati in Maharashtra, in India.

The Urygen Sangharakshita International School was officially opened by Subhuti in 2016.  It was the brainchild of Mitra Sandeep Janardan Rakshit (a teacher in a Marathi state school) who felt that setting up a Buddhist school would be a worthwhile endeavour - and ‘Urygen Sangharaskhita’ seemed like a fitting name as a mark of...

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Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 2 Mar, 2018 - 10:14

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 2 Mar, 2018 - 10:14

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

“Coming to the end of February here at Adhisthana and the UK is gripped in a cold snap, which the media are calling the ‘Beast from the East’, while the ponds are frozen over and the garden is dusted in snow, Sanghadeva gets to take it easy, Yashodeva on the other hand is installing a new kitchen in the Dharma life course community, and a new tea...

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The 50th Anniversary Order Convention in Bodhgaya, India

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 9 Feb, 2018 - 14:34

The 50th Anniversary Order Convention in Bodhgaya, India

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 9 Feb, 2018 - 14:34

The 50th Anniversary Order Convention is currently underway in Bodhgaya, India.  The theme is ‘Sinhananda - The Lion’s Roar’.  Most of the Convention will be public, and content – talks, mantras, podcasts, pictures, videos, livestreams (including an Indian Classical Concert!) will be available on the dedicated space on The Buddhist Centre Online and other social media spaces.

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ordinations at bodh gaya

Posted by Sadayasihi on Thu, 8 Feb, 2018 - 11:21

ordinations at bodh gaya

Posted by Sadayasihi on Thu, 8 Feb, 2018 - 11:21

We are delighted to inform you of the public ordinations which took place in Bodh Gaya on Saturday 3rd of February. The ordinations took place in the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, under the Bodhi Tree. 

Dhammamitra Bharati Shetty became
Dhammacharini Mokshasara
Sanskrit name meaning: Essence of Liberation
Private preceptor: Subbhajaya
Public preceptor: Jnanasuri 

Dhammamitra Dhangaj Singh became
Dhammachari Shramanveer
Sanskrit name meaning: Hero of Shraman
Private preceptor: Amoghasiddhi
Public preceptor: Saddhaloka 

Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu!...

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