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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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Brilliant bit of good news! :) 

Very heartening to read: “Mindfulness courses run by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre started in 2014 and since then 175 MPs and Lords and several hundred political staff have taken a mindfulness course.”

Keep up the great work Vishvapani, Amaladipa, Kulananda, Vidyamala & all the others,

With gratitude

Vajracaksu  

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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.

With Metta,
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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This is such a fabulous project. Really inspiring to see how much people value the opportunity to go on retreat with each other, especially given the challenging situation in Venezuela at the moment. Saddhu!

 

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Sadhu brothers!!  Wishing you much success and the success of the Dharma in Venezuela! 

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SADHU!!! Very inspiring to read this news. And yay to Triratna Colombia!! Happy 50th anniversary! X
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Good to read of this big boost for the Venezuelan and also the Columbian

sangha! :)

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

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Wishing you every success - Sadhu!

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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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Thank you Sthanashradha, it’s good to get this news and to see all of Bhante’s activities and to know that he is in good health and not slowing down

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Fascinated to hear Bhante is reading this. Any inkling of Bhante’s opinion of the great JP? (leading question!) Am going to see him lecture in Hammersmith in May and am in correspondence with him over a play I have written depicting a summer in Nietzsche’s life. My own feeling is that JP is another example of the mysterious dictum ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man…’ etc. Certainly he is opposing all the right people, Cyclopean socialists and foaming-mad feminists, etc. (Can I say that? Ha!)  My only reservation is that JP seems currently to believe that both the sacred human(ist) vision and the concept and practise of moral goodness can only come from maintaining some sort of monotheistic belief  - in his case Xtianity. In my letter to him I broached the non-theistic, spiritual alternative of the Buddhist Vision and its implications for the Sacred in a western context. Well, do please let me and your readers know if possible. Kind regards in The Dharma. James Murphy.

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Nice one James I hope your letter to him and your point  about Buddhism is fruitful

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The 50 Years, 50 Voices Project

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 11:48

The 50 Years, 50 Voices Project

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 11:48

‘Fifty Years, Fifty Voices’ is a project cooked up by Lokeshvara and Satyalila last year and supported by the Triratna Trust and Adhisthana Trustees. It’s gathering the ‘voices’ of 50 different Order Members on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Order.

Satyalila writes: “This year we’ll present extracts from these voices and the recordings will be archived in their entirety. In future we hope that many of them can be released as full-length podcasts...

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This sounds great! Thank you!

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i guess you are all aware of Suryaprabha’s excellent film Body and Soul……

http://lightsinthesky.org/Lights_In_The_Sky_Films/triratna_order.html

which interviewed 20 randomly selected order members (chosen for inclusion in the film by selecting every 92nd member according to a numbered list of nearly 2000 ordinations since the Order’s founding in 1968.)

and is there a reason why this new project is ‘order only’? 

love Vidyakaya xxx

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Ordinations Under the Bodhi Tree

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 14:52

Ordinations Under the Bodhi Tree

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 28 Mar, 2018 - 14:52

On February 23rd 2018, just before the start of the International Order Convention in India two Mitras - one man and one woman - were ordained in Bodhgaya.  This Newsbyte from Clear Vision gives us a flavour of that occasion and, amidst the busyness and noise around the Mahabodhi Temple, we get a sense of following in the footsteps of the Buddha as Mokshasara and Shramanveer join the Triratna Buddhist Order.

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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.

Launched in Oct, 2016 with Dr. Ambedkar...

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Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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The New Colchester Buddhist Centre

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 26 Mar, 2018 - 12:14

The New Colchester Buddhist Centre

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 26 Mar, 2018 - 12:14

The latest Newsbyte from Clear Vision follows a visit to the new Buddhist Centre in Colchester. Chair Amalaketu’s vision was “if we build it, they will come” and already there are signs of their Sangha flourishing.  Amalaketu chats to Clear Vision in November 2017 about the process and hard work involved in renovating a quite rundown premises, formerly a doctor’s surgery - including ensuring that the Centre is as environmentally sustainable as possible, with quality insulation, low energy lighting and solar panels on...

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Wonderful. Sadhu!

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Fantastic! Sadhu Amalaketu and  ColchesterSangha!

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Congratulations Amalaketu and all involved in setting up the new Colchester Buddhist Centre, sadhu :)

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu

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Very inspiring! I wanted to ask where you get these beautiful rupas which have a more ‘western ‘look, are they specially commissioned? Metta
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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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Sadhu!

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Maths and Computers for 3 - 6 years olds!?! Giving them a safe space for free play would sound far healthier to me!