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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 Munisha on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 10:13

Sangharakshita's diary

Posted by Munisha 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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Train to teach mindfulness in schools (starts this month, UK)

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 23:09

Train to teach mindfulness in schools (starts this month, UK)

Posted by Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 23:09

In this 4.5-minute video pupils and teachers at a London primary school talk to Srivati about the effect of their mindfulness programme. Srivati runs the Breathing Space in Schools project, in London, UK, and will be running training this month for others who’d like to teach mindfulness for schools. She writes:

“I love teaching mindfulness in London schools. You get to meet loads of young people and their staff and introduce them to a set of positive skills and approaches...

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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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“Buddhas in my Pocket”: An Australian Buddhist pilgrimage

Posted by charlotte-l on Tue, 31 Jan, 2017 - 16:03

“Buddhas in my Pocket”: An Australian Buddhist pilgrimage

Posted by charlotte-l on Tue, 31 Jan, 2017 - 16:03

Maitripala is an Order member in Australia. When I met her a couple of years ago, she told me of her plans to embark on a pilgrimage along the east coast of Australia to volunteer for different Triratna Buddhist Groups and Centres. Wearing her kesa every day for a year, she would also hand out small Buddha figures to strangers she met along the way. Here she describes how this incredibly moving adventure has been unfolding.

Maitripala writes: “I have been given...

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Heart warming to read :)

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

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Welcome to the Triratna News team, Charlotte! Very good to have you on board, and what a lovely story to start your News career with!
Love, Munisha

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Winter meeting of Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 15:04

Winter meeting of Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 15:04

This winter’s gathering of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly ended last week at Adhisthana and was unusually large, with around 60 participants. This partly reflects a changeover in Chairs in around 15 centres and enterprises, the old and new Chairs attending together.

The topic this time was leadership, explored through a series of presentations and workshops. Listen to short interviews on this topic.

The Chairs also heard about the work done by the College, Bhante and Triratna’s communications...

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A letter from Triratna's College of Preceptors

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 13:51

A letter from Triratna's College of Preceptors

Posted by Munisha on Thu, 19 Jan, 2017 - 13:51

Endorsing a Personal statement from SangharakshitaTriratna’s College of preceptors have released this letter, sent to all Order members on 15th January.

“Dear brothers and sisters in the Order,

On 31st December 2016 Bhante released a personal statement to all Order members via the Order Information Service. I am speaking on behalf of all Public Preceptors when I say how glad we are that Bhante has felt able to make this statement and how much we welcome the confessional nature of the contents. I believe it will...

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Ordinations at Bordharan, India

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 17 Jan, 2017 - 14:06

Ordinations at Bordharan, India

Posted by Munisha on Tue, 17 Jan, 2017 - 14:06

We are delighted to announce the public ordinations of the following 12 women, at Bordharan Retreat Centre, Maharashtra, India on Sunday 15th January 2017.

Private preceptor Vijaya
Public preceptor Jnanasuri

Supriya Akshobhy - North Nagpur - becomes Nityashri, “Permanent glory”
Kusumlata Goutam - Dehradun, Uttarakhand - becomes Aryadarshini, “One who knows/sees the Arya - noble one”
Babita Bhan - Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh - becomes Ratnavajri, “A jewel-vajra”
Chandrakanta Bouddha - Dehradun, Uttarakhand - becomes Vinayadarshini, “One who observe the vinaya-discipline”

Private preceptor Jnanasuri
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A step towards Prabuddha Bharata (Enlightened India)!!! Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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India: second International Buddhist Youth Convention

Posted by Munisha on Sun, 15 Jan, 2017 - 16:06

India: second International Buddhist Youth Convention

Posted by Munisha on Sun, 15 Jan, 2017 - 16:06

In the latest NewsByte video from Clear Vision, we hear about the Second International Buddhist Youth Convention, held last October by India’s National Network of Buddhist Youth at Bordharan, attended by Order members and mitras from all around the world (11.5 minutes).

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Austria calling Triratna!

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 15:49

Austria calling Triratna!

Posted by Munisha on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 15:49

Triratna is now so large, it can be hard to remember that there are still many countries without any Triratna activities at all, even in Europe. In Vienna last September I got together with Thomas and Carina Rotter, Austrian Buddhists longing for someone to start Triratna activities there.

Triratna may well be one of the Buddhist movements making greatest use of online communications and, as you’ll see, they’ve certainly made determined use of it!

Thomas writes: “I found Triratna at...

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Wonderful, thanks for sharing your experiences!

I had to respond because I discovered Buddhism while living in Austria, too! I was living in a Tyrollean alpine village (Reutte in Tirol), and basically taught myself to meditate through books. At some point, one of my best friends found out about a female priest  who led Zen meditation every month in a village nearby (40 minutes by car), so we became regulars there. 

After 9 months independent practice, I ended up in the UK, and have been spoilt for choice here. In a way, I suppose it is easy to take it all for granted, but I still come away blissed out on gratitude when I’ve been to the Buddhist Centre or spent time with sangha friends. 

Alles Gute und Liebe Xxx

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Hello Christine,

yeah, we also attended the buddhist centres nearby, and made a few wonderful spiritual friendships. But the historical lines didn’t totally fit. Some of the basic contradictoriness were always frustrating.

As we discovered the triratna way, it became so clear to accept that feeling, because it was not the Dharma, that didn’t fit to us, it was either the cultural transmission or the obvious contradictions between the earlier monastic life and the today’s life of the lay people within the historical traditions. I always found, the Dharma can help everyone in any situation. Not only in the next life or if you become a male monk.

Schöne Grüße und Metta
Thomas
 

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A really lovely story. It’s made me smile ear to ear. Not least because so much of Triratna online is now funded by FutureDharma Fund, our new fund that helps you support Triratna’s amazing work around the world. You can find out more at www.futuredharma.org.