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The Boeddhawierde: A New Retreat Centre in the Netherlands

Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 15:51

The Boeddhawierde: A New Retreat Centre in the Netherlands

Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 15:51

Last week the new retreat centre in the north of the Netherlands was informally opened: the Boeddhawierde. A mosaic made by a friend of the local sangha, Lucia Keidel, was unveiled during a ceremony - which marks a significant step in the further development of Triratna in the Netherlands.

‘Wierde’ refers to a mound that the local ancestors built in the muddy fields, to keep their feet dry and bury their dead. Later when the dykes were build, they became sacred spots and churches were typically built on...

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Developing Mindfulness in Wales

Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 13:06

Developing Mindfulness in Wales

Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 13:06

Vishvapani is a writer, teacher of Buddhism and meditation, and a trainer in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR/MBCT) through Mindfulness in Action. He’s also an Associate of Breathworks Mindfulness and of The Mindfulness Initiative, supporting the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group in the UK parliament and advocating mindfulness to the Welsh Government.

Here he gives us an update on what he’s been working on, particularly in relation to developing mindfulness teaching in Wales in collaboration with the Welsh Government. 

“In March...

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Marking the First Anniversary of the Death of Urgyen Sangharakshita

Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 - 15:11

Marking the First Anniversary of the Death of Urgyen Sangharakshita

Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 - 15:11

Updated: Watch the anniversary talk by Jnanavaca here

On the 30th October 2018 Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of Triratna’s Order and Community died. At his funeral last November an estimated 1,200 to 1,400 people attended the ceremony and burial in Adhisthana, and over 60,000 more watched online around the world.

To mark the first anniversary of his death Jnanavaca will be giving a talk at Adhisthana entitled ‘Seeing Bhante - A Personal Perspective’, in which he...

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Public ordinations at Hsuan Tsang Retreat Centre, Bordharan, India

Mon, 21 Oct, 2019 - 22:04

Public ordinations at Hsuan Tsang Retreat Centre, Bordharan, India

Mon, 21 Oct, 2019 - 22:04

Update: You can now watch the ordinations from India here thanks to Triratna India Media.

We are delighted to announce that the following men have been publicly ordained yesterday (20th October 2019) at Hsuan Tsang Retreat Centre, Bordharan, India.

Public Preceptor: Adityabodhi                                                                        ...

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Pan-American Ordinations in Mexico / Ordenaciones Panamericanas en México

Mon, 21 Oct, 2019 - 10:57

Pan-American Ordinations in Mexico / Ordenaciones Panamericanas en México

Mon, 21 Oct, 2019 - 10:57

Estamos muy contentas de informarles que las siguientes mujeres recibieron su ordenación pública el día 20 de Octubre en el Centro Budista de la Ciudad de México.

We are delighted to let you know that the following women received their public ordination on the 20th October in the Buddhist Centre in Mexico City.

Paula Michelangelli se ha convertido en Abhayasara, nombre Sánscrito cuyo significado es: ‘Ella cuya naturaleza es la valentía (de Amoghasiddhi).’ 
Paula Michelangelli becomes Abhayasara, a...

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Triratna Sanghas and the Earth Strike

Tue, 1 Oct, 2019 - 15:38

Triratna Sanghas and the Earth Strike

Tue, 1 Oct, 2019 - 15:38

“I felt my interconnectedness with all beings and that somehow what we were doing was intensely worthwhile.“ - Lilamati, Sheffield Earth Strike Street Meditation

Members of Triratna sanghas across the globe came out in support of the ‘Earth Strike’ on Friday 20th September. In 2018, schoolchildren began walking out of school in protest at global inaction around climate change. This year, the youth climate activists called on adults to support them at an Earth Strike, on 20th September 2019. They did: millions from across the world demonstrated...

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Public Ordinations at Golden Bay, New Zealand

Sun, 29 Sep, 2019 - 10:56

Public Ordinations at Golden Bay, New Zealand

Sun, 29 Sep, 2019 - 10:56

We are delighted to announce that the following women have been publicly ordained on Sunday 29th September during a five-week retreat at Golden Bay in New Zealand. 


Public Preceptor Varadevi

Judy Gray becomes Padmapuspa (dot under the ‘s’, long final ‘a’), a Sanskrit name meaning “(She who is like) a lotus flower”.
Anglicised spelling: Padmapushpa 
Malini was her Private Preceptor.

Ainslie Hannan becomes Sraddhanaya (accent over the ‘S’, long last three ’a’s), a Sanskrit name meaning “She...

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Public Ordinations at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre in Spain

Tue, 24 Sep, 2019 - 16:21

Public Ordinations at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre in Spain

Tue, 24 Sep, 2019 - 16:21

We are delighted to announce that the following men have been publicly ordained today (24th September 2019) during a one month retreat at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre, Spain.

Public Preceptor Mahamati

Paul King becomes Viryamati, a Sanskrit name meaning “He who has energy and resolve”
Private preceptor: Swadipa

Gary Murray becomes Aryasara, a Sanskrit name meaning “He whose nature is noble”
Private preceptor: Srikirti

Frederic Rosset becomes Pavaka, a Sanskrit name meaning “He who is pure, bright, shining (like...

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30th Anniversary of the First Triratna Ordinations of Women by Women in the West

Thu, 12 Sep, 2019 - 10:14

30th Anniversary of the First Triratna Ordinations of Women by Women in the West

Thu, 12 Sep, 2019 - 10:14

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the first ordinations of women by women in the West.

Ratnasuri previously had been the Public Preceptor for two dharmacharinis in India, January 1987, which she conducted ‘on behalf of’ Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order. 

In 1989 Sangharakshita asked Ratnasuri to perform ordinations ‘on her own responsibility’ - a very significant development for the Order. On 17th August 1989, on a retreat at Taraloka Retreat Centre, Wales, she received into the...

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From A Vision to A Reality: The Sangha in the US and Canada

Tue, 10 Sep, 2019 - 18:04

From A Vision to A Reality: The Sangha in the US and Canada

Tue, 10 Sep, 2019 - 18:04

An ever-widening circle, the Sangha grows…

From its beginnings in 1980, when Manjuvajra first brought Triratna Dharma to Boston, the Sangha in Canada and the United States has been ever-growing. The current year has seen a number of significant steps forward for the Triratna Buddhist Community’s ordination process in North America. 

In May the first ever post-ordination retreat for US/Canadian Dharmacharinis (female Order members) took place with seven of the twelve Dharmacharinis ordained in the last two years attending the...

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