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Ordination at Guhyaloka, Spain

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 20 Mar, 2017 - 08:45

Ordination at Guhyaloka, Spain

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 20 Mar, 2017 - 08:45

On Saturday 18th March, 2017, in a public ordination ceremony at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre in Spain

Ruben Sánchez became Yaśomani: “He who is an excellent jewel”
(Westernised spelling Yashomani).
Private preceptor Moksananda
Public preceptor Moksananda

Ruben Sánchez se convirtió en Yaśomaṇi: “El que es una joya excelente”
(Ortografía occidentalizada Yashomani ).
Preceptor privado: Moksananda
Preceptor público: Moksananda

Con metta,
Maniraja...

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Ordination at Guhyaloka, Spain

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 20 Mar, 2017 - 08:38

Ordination at Guhyaloka, Spain

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 20 Mar, 2017 - 08:38

In a public ordination ceremony at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre in Spain, on  Saturday 18th March, 2017

Ruben Sánchez became Yaśomani: “He who is an Excellent Jewel”
(Westernised spelling Yashomani).
Private preceptor Moksananda
Public preceptor Moksananda

Ruben Sánchez se convirtió en Yaśomaṇi: “El que es una Joya Excelente”
(Ortografía occidentalizada Yashomani ).
Preceptor privado: Moksananda
Preceptor público: Moksananda

Con metta,
Maniraja...

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Triratna translations bonanza!

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 13 Mar, 2017 - 10:06

Triratna translations bonanza!

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 13 Mar, 2017 - 10:06

Suvannavira is a member of the Triratna Translations Board and lives in Moscow.

He writes: 

The Triratna Translations Board came into existence at the end of 2015, to promote and co-ordinate translations and publications projects. One of our tasks has been to administer funds made available for translations by Bhante Sangharakshita, following his hugely successful 90th birthday appeal in 2015.  

Of the £30,000 given for translating his books, £5,000 went to projects in India and the remaining £25,000 was given to projects elsewhere in the...

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Women, Men and Angels: an apology

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 6 Mar, 2017 - 13:38

Women, Men and Angels: an apology

Posted by Munisha on Mon, 6 Mar, 2017 - 13:38

Parami is one of the Triratna Buddhist Order’s two Order convenors. She writes:

“In 1994, a book called Women, Men and Angels was published, with the subtitle: ‘An inquiry into the relative spiritual aptitudes of men and women’. It was written by Subhuti, a senior Triratna Order Member, with the intention of elaborating on an impression or ‘idea’ that had originally come from Sangharakshita. While I am sure this was not Subhuti’s intention, the book had a painful effect...

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The Observer interview: what I really said, by Munisha (Triratna Safeguarding officer)

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 17:34

The Observer interview: what I really said, by Munisha (Triratna Safeguarding officer)

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 17:34

As you may know, Triratna featured in the British newspaper The Observer on Sunday 19th February 2017, in an article referring to allegations of sexual misconduct in the FWBO in the 1970s and 80s.

As the person interviewed for the article, I thought I’d explain how this came about and what I actually said; in several places the article was misleading or quoted me inaccurately.

On 8th February a journalist emailed Adhisthana:

“Hi. I’m a journalist writing about what is going on within...

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 Dear Munisha, many thanks for your very clear outline of your conversation with the reporter. I have been on the admin team on the Art  of truth and reconciliation forum but I have withdrawn from this morning as it’s very stressful,time-consuming  and a big problem  has been because  there has been no clear communication line between you and the PP’s and the Kula etc to us on the forum who are on the front line of criticism.   I tried to communicate with Parami a few times to letter know what I was doing and I know Upayavira and Aranyaka  have also trying to be in communication with you.  It’s been particularly confusing and challenging because I have been trying to keep track of all the other dialogues and communication on the order forums and Buddhistcentre.com. I have said that I will continue to post on the forum itself from time to time.  I have found being on the admin forum very challenging,painful and confusing as I had to listen to all the criticism,much of it misplaced, untrue, a bit like your reporters misrepresentation but much worse. Every day dealing with all sorts of queries and questions and anger.  There was also a lot of very positive sharing of the value and positives of Bhante and the movement. It was very difficult also because within the admin team itself there was someone who was very critical of Bhante and the movement and a couple of others had strong criticisms also .

    I’m feeling pretty exhausted at the moment also because I’ve been ill all week  with a bad cold and stomach problem .  So I want to thank you for all you have done and are doing and to everyone who is trying to bring some clarity and communication into these issues

      much love Dharmabandhu 

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Ahh, just goes to show what assumption I might have made. I experienced you as robust and supportive on the T and R page  and though I imagined your role was exhausting you put so much time and energy into the group and seemed consistently kind it didn’t cross my mind how painful it was for you. When I thanked you and wished you well as you signed off my thoughts were ’ though you doesn’t really need my well wishing’.  Well my wishes were well, and remain so. Thankyou Dharmabandhu. 

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 Thank you Sheena,

     I think I was struggling partly because I’ve got quite a lot of other projects going  and I was feeling too stretched at times

    Good to be connected in the Dharma 

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Hi Dharmabandhu,

Thanks for this. Yes it is pretty exhausting at times isn’t it! Glad to hear you are taking a break. I think you deserve it as you have been doing a sterling job online.. well above and beyond the call of duty!

Just to say that I have managed to be in good contact with Munisha at times throughout this - that is when either of us have a spare minute I suspect! If it is exhausting for me I can only begin to imagine what it must be like for her at the moment!

Much Love Aranyaka xx

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Thankyou for sharing this Munisha. Best wishes, Sheena

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Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Centre Team on Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 14:43

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Centre Team on Thu, 2 Mar, 2017 - 14:43

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes:

“As this short month of February comes to a close here at Adhisthana it’s clear the seasonal battle between summer and winter is on. We have enjoyed a few delightful days of blue skies and warm sunshine as the snowdrops blossom all around the hills, but the winds have howled too! The rain has lashed the window panes on more than one side of the building and the temperature has fluctuated. Nonetheless...

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Las Venezolanas

Posted by charlotte-l on Mon, 20 Feb, 2017 - 11:34

Las Venezolanas

Posted by charlotte-l on Mon, 20 Feb, 2017 - 11:34

Today we report on a group of women practising the Dharma in a really challenging environment: Venezuela.

You might have missed it, but Venezuela is in the middle of a severe political and economic crisis. According to Bloomberg, the annual inflation rate is about 1200%. With Brexit going on, here in the UK the rate is around 1.8%, and that’s considered high. Food and medicine shortages and a currency nosedive are just some of the problems Venezuelans are facing.

In the midst of...

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Thanks Charlotte, it’s lovely to see this on here.

with metta, Parami

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A wonderful story to get to write up!

Liz_Bassett's picture

Lovely to read this here. Knowing how much I benefit from going on GFR retreats I’ve very happily given to support these women to go on retreat in Mexico. It’s a great opportunity for us to give and to connect in with our wider sangha.

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Thank you Charlotte, lovely article, and yes, that’s our reality here in Venezuela, and at this moment we are so thankful with all Triratna around the world, we are being recipients of metta and that feeling is amazing, inspires us and give us hope. 

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Beautiful words, and such a wonderful dedication to practice happening here!

We have a beautiful gift from the Merida Sangha on our shrine, so I think of them all every morning! 

It seems so difficult for them to get to a retreat centre with the rate of inflation as it is, is there a way we can take a retreat to them?

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Responding To Triratna Controversy

Posted by Centre Team on Sat, 18 Feb, 2017 - 22:31

Responding To Triratna Controversy

Posted by Centre Team on Sat, 18 Feb, 2017 - 22:31

Many of our readers and friends will be aware that over the years Triratna has periodically needed to revisit troubling issues relating to events in our past. These derive in part from allegations of sexual misconduct by our founder, Sangharakshita, in his relations with a number of adults in the 1970s and ’80s. You can read about the general background here: Our Development & Values

At present there is a renewal of interest in these matters at Triratna Centres...

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Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 10:13

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 10:13

Sthanashraddha is Sangharakshita’s secretary. He writes:

“There is not much to report from the early part of December apart from Bhante having a rather quiet time having recovered from a long spell of poor sleep over the summer and autumn. During that time he saw Subhuti, Lokamitra and Devamitra, having seen almost no one in the previous month or two.

Then Bhante caught a cold. He quickly deteriorated and was admitted on the evening of Tuesday 20th December to Hereford County Hospital suffering from...

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An online video retreat with Vidyamala

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

An online video retreat with Vidyamala

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

Vidyamala, founder of Breathworks, spent December running an online video retreat on the American Buddhist site, Tricycle.com. This set of four 20-minute talks isentitled ’Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts”. She writes:

“I started developing mindfulness courses for people with pain and illness way back in 2001, drawing on my own experience of coming to meditation with a spinal injury and wanting to offer advice for others in similar circumstances. Joined by Sona and Ratnaguna, we developed this to become the Community Interest (not-for-profit) Company...

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