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Vishvapani's recent BBC 'Thoughts'

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 28 Apr, 2017 - 23:21

Vishvapani's recent BBC 'Thoughts'

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 28 Apr, 2017 - 23:21

Vishvapani lives in Cardiff, Wales and is the regular Buddhist contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ slot on the morning news programme ’Today’. ‘Today’ has around seven million listeners. Here are his recent ‘Thoughts’:

Recalling the Buddha’s death: 15.02.2017 (Parinirvana Day) 
The dark side of Buddhist history: 18.01.2017 
Children’s mental health: the big perspective 11.01.2017 
Roald Dahl and the karma factory 14.09.2016 
Entering the anthropocene: how our minds shape...

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June is Buddhist Action Month!

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 27 Apr, 2017 - 14:50

June is Buddhist Action Month!

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 27 Apr, 2017 - 14:50

Buddhist Action Month is only a month away! For 2017 the theme of this festival of Buddhist social action is ‘Connecting for Change’ - seeking to address the seemingly increasing polarisation, disharmony and divergence within many societies.

Having started in 2012 as an initiative of the UK’s Network of Buddhist Organisations BAM is now in its fifth year and increasingly international and pan-Buddhist. 

Of course the Triratna Buddhist Community is dedicated to the Bodhisattva Ideal all year round, but...

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Growth Fund 2017 now open

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 25 Apr, 2017 - 10:49

Growth Fund 2017 now open

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 25 Apr, 2017 - 10:49

Every year Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) invites applications to its Growth Fund, for projects encouraging/enabling more people to learn basic meditation and Dharma with Triratna. The closing date this year is 28th May and applications are invited from Triratna Groups or Centres.

Mokshini writes from the ECA’s Development Team: “In 2017, we have a total of around £5600 available and we envisage this being given in relatively small amounts of up to £1000 each to Triratna projects around the world,...

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Ordinations in Mexico City

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 24 Apr, 2017 - 09:34

Ordinations in Mexico City

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 24 Apr, 2017 - 09:34

We are delighted to announce that the following women received their public ordination yesterday at the Mexico City Buddhist Centre.

Ayer, en El Centro Budista de la Cuidad de México, las siguentes mujeres recibieron su ordenación pública:

Public preceptor / Preceptora pública Parami

Gisela Peters becomes Moksasi (dot under the first ‘s’, long ‘a’ and long ‘i’), a Sanskrit name meaning ‘She who holds the sword of freedom’ / un nombre Sánscrito que quiere decir ‘La que sostiene la espada de la...

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Drumroll please for the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine

Posted by charlotte-l on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 09:10

Drumroll please for the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine

Posted by charlotte-l on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 09:10

Make sure you get your hands on the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine, to be released in May. Issue 33, The Friendship Issue, is set to be a real delight - with treats from Sahajatara, Maitreyabandhu, Ratnagarbha, Amitajyoti and more.

Editor Ratnagarbha writes “Friendship is being talked about again. But do we really know what it is? And what really has it got to do with the arts – for haven’t artists, after all, always been eccentric loners who bordered...

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Sadhu! Great to see this publishing effort live on. I can remember helping Ratnagarbha (then Ambrose) get the very first Urthona into print in 1992, under my staircase in Montpelier, Bristol - using an Atari computer and some very early desktop publishing software.

Funny. I had been recalling the ‘Tobias and the Angel’ painting lately - the Verrocchio version - having printed it on the cover of the now infamous ‘Men Women and Angels’ booklet (or was it on ‘The Religion of Art’?) back in 1980, in the basement at Sukhavati, for Windhorse Press. Padmaraja had written a commentary for the image. I was trying to recall what he had to say! Surely someone out there has a copy?

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Wow thats a really lovely connection! Im pleased its still going and am going to make sure I actually do buy a copy! Sometimes you just need to get off a computer screen and actually look at something in print! And what even IS an Atari computer??!!! (I was born 1990…..) I wouldn’t have the foggiest on where to start your hunt of the commentary…. You might be able to locate one at Adhisthana?

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Thanks Charlotte. Atari computers (not the games consoles) were one of the first graphical and sound oriented desktops, before Apple took over that scene. They were snapped up by musicians and game players. They were first also to feature a whole 1 megabyte of RAM. People snorted and said who could ever use that much memory!

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Thank you both for your support - the magazine will be printed next week, and isn’t it nice that we have at least one printed magazine left in Triratna, although I think there may be one out in India as well in Hindi. By the way Vijaya, in our 21st birthday issue of 2013 in the editorial I reminisced about those early days in Bristol, I could send you one over if you like. And I think you actually did the layout for the second issue presumably on that same Atari computer! 

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PS I have a vague memory of the booklet you mention with Tobias and the Angel on the cover. This was years before WM&A was published - I would say it could have been an issue of Mitrata, which was a series of dharma teaching booklets, or it may have been an issue of The Religion of Art as you suggest.

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Happy 50th birthday, Triratna!

Posted by Munisha on Sat, 8 Apr, 2017 - 22:22

Happy 50th birthday, Triratna!

Posted by Munisha on Sat, 8 Apr, 2017 - 22:22

This weekend Triratna sanghas around the world are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Buddhist Community’s foundation (as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) in London, UK, on the evening of Friday 7th April 1967.

That evening is well described by Sangharakshita near the end of his volume of memoirs, Moving Against the Stream: the birth of a new Buddhist movement, which also gives an account of the context from which the FWBO emerged.

At 6.10 drove round to Vihara with Terry.

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News from Triratna's Spanish Translations Board

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017 - 13:05

News from Triratna's Spanish Translations Board

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017 - 13:05

Nagapriya writes from Mexico about the work of Triratna’s Spanish Translations Board.

“The translation into Spanish of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s work and that of other Triratna writers, began in the early 1990s with the prodigious efforts of a Mexican (ex-) Order member then known as Shuddhavajra. Shuddhavajra did much pioneering work, including founding the publishing house Tres Joyas (Three Jewels) and beginning the difficult task of creating a Dharmic vocabulary in Spanish. Unfortunately Tres Joyas no longer continues but in recent years, the ...

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Ecodharma Launching New Pan-European Training Centre

Posted by charlotte-l on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017 - 10:45

Ecodharma Launching New Pan-European Training Centre

Posted by charlotte-l on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017 - 10:45

As Europe faces serious social, political and ecological challenges, the Ecodharma Centre are offering a strategic Buddhist response. Since 2008, the Ecodharma Centre in Catalunya, has been innovating courses and retreats that combine inner and outer transformation. They bring Buddhism into relationship with environmental and social activism. This year they’re their expanding that work through a new pan-European training centre. It’s called the Ulex Project.

“We’ve spent years developing a dharma-inspired approach to activist training, on courses...

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Skyping from Singapore

Posted by charlotte-l on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017 - 10:09

Skyping from Singapore

Posted by charlotte-l on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017 - 10:09

Celebrating our 50th year, Triratna Buddhist Community is a truly international Sangha. Zoe Lim is the only mitra training for Ordination in Singapore.  Liz Bassett, from FutureDharma Fund, caught up with her friend to talk about her life and why she loves The Buddhist Centre Online -  one of the many projects to receive funding from FutureDharmaFund this year. 


Zoe found Triratna at the Nottingham centre when she was a student, and since moving back to Singapore has returned to the UK to attend retreats at Tiratanaloka,
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lovely to hear from you, Zoe and very moving to hear what a lifeline the mitra study group gives you.  

love from Adhisthana, Parami

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Sending lots of metta from Germany! It’s moving to hear how you manage to keep your thread of Sangha going despite the distance. Sadhu!

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It’s so amazing to be part of an international sangha made -up of all these connections and friendships :) 

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Sending you lots of well wishing from the UK

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So glad you found a study group Zoe, lovely to see you on here x

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Ordination at Padmaloka

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017 - 09:12

Ordination at Padmaloka

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017 - 09:12

We are delighted to announce that on Tuesday March 28th at 2.30pm Jyotipala was publicly ordained at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, UK.

Jyotipala means ‘He who protects the light’.

His public ordination was performed by Padmavajra.

With metta,
Manjusiha

This ordination marks Jyotipala’s re-entry into the Order. Jyotipala was the first person to be ordained at Padmaloka in 1976 - with Sangharakshita as private preceptor. Sometime in the mid to late nineties, Jyotipala resigned from the Order. Unusually, he was not privately ordained...

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